This is the third 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 cobots --from Quality Inspection to Welding-- and shows how cobots enable flexible automation deployments for companies of all sizes.
Online sales show no sign of slowing and the growth is driving demand for fulfillment operations to pack and ship all those ordered goods. The work is repetitive, however, and requires high accuracy to reduce costly errors or returns. That means that jobs in picking and packaging items for shipping aren’t particularly desirable.
Pharmaceutical multinational Bayer was looking for solutions to automate a highly complex process currently performed entirely by hand: quality control of powder samples taken from sealed bags inside specific containers, an operation carried out hundreds of times a day in Bayer plants. The German company launched a worldwide...
Recently, I had someone ask why Universal Robots and Rethink Robotics have made such an impact on the automation market. For those that have direct experience with the challenges of implementing industrial automation, the response would most certainly be the prospect of being able to use a robot without external safety measures.
For some companies, making a commitment to robotics can be a little scary. Dedicated industrial robots are big, expensive, difficult to program, and require safety fencing and dedicated floor space that your operation may not be able to support. But new cobots are lightweight, space-saving, and easy to redeploy and reprogram.
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.
CNC applications are some of the most commonly automated. These repetitive tasks are ideal for robots, which can work at a higher speed than human workers and offer exact, consistent movement for higher manufacturing quality. And new safety advancements make cobots, such as those from Universal Robots, even more compelling.
Who cannot relate to this? You are driving to work, listening to the radio to brighten up the dull commute. But listening quickly becomes boring if the radio keeps playing the same five hit songs over and over again. Similarly, packing goods in production can be a very dull task and while some people can make the best out of...
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...