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.
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.
When considering a palletizing solution powered by UR cobots on your production line, calculating the return on investment is crucial to determine whether to make an investment or not. For those of you considering palletizing with cobots from UR, we’ve collected all the key information you need to make the calculation.
Unlike most human workers, robots are content to do the same job over and over, for days and years on end. Not only that, robots do the job the same way every time, helping manufacturers increase production output and improve product quality and consistency. Today, cobots are the fastest-growing segment in the robotics industry.
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.
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...
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...
On the way to Industry 4.0 many people wonder: “Will machines substitute human workers?” Since its beginning, the fourth industrial revolution has been discussed alongside with this question. However, it looks at the winds of our times from the wrong perspective. It is not about “man VS machine”, but “man WITH machine”.
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)...
13. January 2016 /
by Enrico Krog Iversen former CEO
As we enter 2016, Universal Robots is in the middle of the most exciting era in the history of robotics and the automation industry. We continue to see explosive growth, with 2015 establishing a new record in Robot sales worldwide, topping 2014 by 15%. This year, we expect an even steeper curve. Specifically, the market for...