Collaborative robots, or cobots, have the power to transform a business’s capabilities, productivity and overheads. More affordable, versatile and compact than traditional industrial robots, they allow even small operations to leverage the power of automation and take their productivity and profitability to the next level. Here is a brief history of the cobot, and how they are transforming manual work for companies across the globe.
An estimated 2.4 million jobs could go unfilled in the US alone between 2018 and 2028, according to Deloitte. That labor and skills shortage is not limited to the US. It’s being seen across the world as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, born between 1946 and 1964, reaches retirement. Their departure from the workforce not only creates a job to fill, but also leaves behind a skills gap. Meanwhile, consumers are demanding more than ever from manufacturers, including real-time availability, better quality, and fair working conditions – at a lower cost.
Taking human-robot-collaboration to a new level. Too dirty, too dusty, too dull? Too hot or too cold? Not for cobots! They can work tirelessly in almost any work environment from production halls and canteen kitchens to clean rooms, freeing up their human colleagues from monotonous, ergonomically disadvantageous tasks.
It is no surprise anymore that robotic automation offers advantages for a wide range of applications, including injection molding. But what might be surprising is the incredible variety of reasons why injection molding manufacturers turn to robotics—and the additional benefits they achieve. Is your motivation in this list?