THE HIGH MIX/LOW VOLUME DILEMMA SOLVED
Nowadays, we have seen a shift from large-scale and massive production to flexible and customized production of small-batch in the 3C industry. Many production lines may produce a product within a period of three to four hours but switch to another different product in the following hours. Such highly flexible production methods have imposed extremely high demands on both personnel and equipment and traditional mechanical platforms for loading and unloading will involve a large amount of labor work due to such changes. Therefore, such an application calls for solutions with high compatibility and fast change-over functions. In the actual design, performing “loading and unloading” is far from meeting the user’s requirements for robots that can quickly switch in accordance with the production lines; instead, it should be able to solve the following problems: firstly, it should adapt to the working platform with small space and full of changes; secondly, it should be able to operate and set up the programs quickly when production line switches; thirdly, it should be safe.
ADDING WHEELS MAKES PRODUCTION CHANGE-OVERS TAKE FLIGHT
The characteristics of the UR collaborative robot make it possible for users to solve the above-mentioned three major pain points: add a mobile platform to the cobot – either mounted on an autonomous mobile robot or simply on a table with wheels – and It can simply be redeployed between tasks continuously. With a compact and lightweight design, the UR robot has a higher self-load than traditional ones, so it is easier to push-and-pull when switching stations. If mounted to a mobile robot, it also enjoys longer battery life due to a small load. For each new task that the robot faces, the operator can simply call up that pre-stored program on the robots teach pendant and the cobot is able to go to work on the new job right away.
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