Today’s lightweight, flexible cobots can be easily moved and reprogrammed to be used on a variety of CNC machines or to other processes such as gluing, welding, polishing, or pick-and-place. Easy programming means almost any manual task can be automated, including those with small batches or fast changeovers. And for recurrent tasks, UR cobots can re-use previously set programs to speed redeployment.
LEAX Group, a Swedish contract manufacturer, invested in three Universal Robots UR10 robot arms. Rickard Isaksson, quality manager at LEAX Group, said, “We manufacture everything from small annual volumes up to 100,000 units of a particular article per year. For us it is extremely important, as well as one of the company's strengths, that we are able to quickly execute orders for new products. We have very high requirements for how quickly we can start up a unit.” The ability to quickly reprogram the Universal Robot for new applications—or to move them to new LEAX sites—puts the company well ahead of the game.
For all of these applications, Universal Robots let human workers safely move in and out of the robot’s work area to load or unload parts. When a human enters the robot’s work-cell, the robot arm can operate in reduced mode, with patented technology that limits force to avoid injury if the robot arm comes in contact with a person. The robot automatically resumes full speed when the worker leaves its space. Other options allow the robot to run full-speed inside a CNC machine and at reduced speed when outside. This is a dramatic change from traditional industrial robots that require extensive safety caging to keep human workers out of the robot’s work area while it’s in process, and that severely limits the robot’s flexibility.
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