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.
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR cobots and shows how cobots enable flexible, future-proofed automation deployments for companies of all sizes.
Machine tending is one of those tasks that's ideally suited to collaborative robot-powered automation. Dull, often dirty and sometimes dangerous, it's no surprise that over recent years machine tending has emerged as one of the most popular applications for cobots. And with manufacturers facing unique challenges --from sudden...
This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR collaborative robots from Quality Inspection to Welding. By Jim Lawton, Vice President, Product and Applications Management.
This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR collaborative robots from Quality Inspection to Welding. By Jim Lawton, Vice President, Product and Applications Management.
Endutec GmbH is a special machine manufacturer. The company from Chieming am Chiemsee in Germany is also a Certified System Integrator of Universal Robots. Managing Director, Andreas Flieher talked to us about how they are coping with the COVID crisis. "Our cobot operated around the clock to meet tight delivery schedules."
RCM Industries is a manufacturer of die casting parts with four production plants in the Chicago area. The company’s director of sales and marketing, Mike Higgins, spoke with us about how RCM is managing the COVID-19 crisis. "We actually did have a COVID-19 case in one of our plants that we immediately shut down for a week."
For our first post on this topic, we wanted to shed light on how Universal Robots as a manufacturer is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Q&A, Martin Kjærbo, UR’s VP of Operations and Supply Chain discuss the company’s approach, new challenges, and how the COVID-19 crisis will shape Universal Robots going forward.
It’s been 10 years since collaborative robots appeared on the manufacturing scene. First viewed as a lab experiment by global manufacturers that would buy one or two, send them off to their innovation centers for testing never to be seen on the production floor, cobots now are hard at work in many sectors all around the world.
The benefits of collaborative automation are undisputed – more profitability, productivity, flexibility, higher quality, and even more employee satisfaction. Given the current economic landscape, manufacturers need these advantages now more than ever. Cobots are a proven, valuable, and accessible solution for manufacturers.
Thirty years ago, full servo-controlled robots of any kinematic configuration were rarely deployed in injection molding applications. The most common approach was to deploy a simple three-axis, point-to-point Cartesian robot that was machine mounted. By Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development, Universal Robots.
High quality translates as a decisive advantage over competitors in the global market. The lack of skilled employees is a major roadblock for many companies. Organizations are forced to manufacture under increasing pressure. In this environment, companies offering the best quality at the lowest price can count on success.
Manufacturers are used to living between a rock and a hard place – and navigating the space between. Demand vs. supply. Consumer appetites for customized product and their expectations for ever-lowering costs. The list goes on. So the current tug-of-war over if, when, and where a recession will hit is not unchartered territory.
Navigating today’s manufacturing landscape has never been more challenging. Organizations are experiencing significant labor shortages as baby boomers age into retirement and exit the workforce. In fact, Deloitte predicts that a skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028 in the U.S...
In many process applications such as gluing, deburring, sewing, etc. It is often easier to pick up the part with the robot and move it at a constant speed around a fixed tool such as a deburring tool, polishing wheel, etc. Picking up a sanding belt at the end of a robot and moving it around isn't very convenient after all.
For collaborative robots (cobots), the news seems to be all good. Last week, a report crossed my desk touting CAGR growth of up to 50%. Reading this, it’s easy to understand how one might get swept up in the head-spinning optimism. Not me, though. Manufacturers know that more automation is key to breaking the deadlock between...
At Universal Robots (UR) we have launched UR+, the world’s first ecosystem of third-party end-effector solutions and other add-ons for our collaborative robot (cobot) arms, allowing us and our partners to focus on what each does best, encouraging collaboration and creativity that benefits customers. While other manufacturers...
Think your facility is too small for automation? Today’s collaborative robots quickly, easily, and cost-effectively automate secondary food-handling processes such as quality control, labeling, packaging, and palletizing. They’re easy to program with no engineering experience, and they can pay for themselves in less than a year.
“Computers, Communications, and Consumer Electronics” make up what’s commonly referred to as the 3C industry in China. An industry where the application of collaborative robots now enjoys a promising future as flexible production lines are ripe for automation. Inspection up close – there is a collaborative Robot for that.
In the search for a way to efficiently drill holes through the pieces of foam used for the upholstery to create the tufted look, Fibreline determined automation was the key to achieving their production goals. Universal Robots and OCTOPUZ work together to automate Fibreline’s manufacturing process while providing flexibility.
Businesses know that automation is the future of manufacturing and that being able to introduce it effectively is an important part of remaining competitive in the coming years. But understanding that you need automation is not the same as knowing what solution is right for your operations. With so many options on the market, committing to one can be a difficult choice.
02. October 2017 /
by Jacob Pascual Pape
Robots as powerful productivity tools is a well-accepted concept. Less-understood, perhaps, is the role robots can play in highly creative applications that inspire us to think differently about technology and its potential. When robots are used outside of technical or industrial environments, however, the requirements are...
Imagine a collaborative robot that knows where it is and what needs to be done. A collaborative robot capable of inspecting whether a part in your manufacturing process is complete and capable of jumping automatically to another task if it is not. A cobot that even reacts independently if an error occurs on one of your machines.
The history of robotics has always been closely tied to the automotive industry. In fact, in 1962 General Motors was the first-ever company to deploy industrial robots. And from the 1970s onwards, the whole automotive industry was characterized by the comprehensive use of large robot systems in their production lines...
From November 16-18, Las Vegas will be all about metalworking and fabricating. Well, maybe Las Vegas will still also be about gambling. But there is more than just slot machines in town: To discover innovative automation solutions in the metalworking industry, you will find no better place during this period than FABTECH 2016.
We hear the benefits automation brings to business but what about the employees who work hand-in-hand with these new technologies? Education, flexibility, safety, and improved work culture are just a few examples shared by members of the global workforce who work together with collaborative robots (cobots) on a daily basis.
The medical industry needs to meet the highest quality and performance. These necessities are accompanied and aggravated by new and continuously changing requirements due to norms and legislation. The tools embedded in the process, therefore, need to be flexible and simple to operate, so that they may be handled by everybody.
But the manufacturing however is not the only sector benefitting from robot automation, there are so many opportunities to reduce costs, improve business performance, optimize production, increase quality and drive revenue in other – and often surprising applications. Due to their flexible nature and ability to work with...
The trend to outsource manufacturing operations to emerging markets for cost savings has taken a dramatic turn. With rapidly rising labor costs in countries such as China, manufacturers are seeing erosion in the cost advantages of manufacturing overseas. When combined with the complex logistics and added shipping times of...
One of the most important elements of growing a business and remaining competitive is productivity. If a business is inefficient then a loss in production can occur which can result in a lower quality of work, discrepancies in output, unhappy employees, and a loss in profitability. Today, small and medium businesses (SMEs)...
22. January 2016 /
by Esben H. Østergaard
The “dirty, dull, and dangerous” describe the tasks we want our ever more sophisticated robots to perform. Letting the robots do this doesn’t mean that we lazily lean back. It means we’re awarded a new drive and a new reality; the robot is man's tool for a better and less mechanical life. The story of people working with...
There are many reasons to implement a collaborative robot or “cobot” from Universal Robots. Manufacturers love their flexibility and ease-of-use, and that they provide the fastest payback in the industry at only 195 days. But cobots from Universal Robots continue to bring significant value for years to come—long after that...