The industrial applications of cobots are vast, and these smart machines have capabilities that virtually every manufacturing plant or production line can make use of. A cobot arm handles dull, dirty or dangerous jobs on behalf of their human colleagues and minimizes downtime by boosting round-the clock-capacity, if that is what the business needs. Cobots’ capabilities are incredibly varied, and their tasks can be tailored to your business’s needs, even multiple times per day.
Cobots can be used to introduce industrial automation to lots of different areas of a business. Each machine has a wide range of applications, from detailed work to palletizing, but different models are better suited to certain types of tasks. A tabletop model such as the UR3e will suit a business that is looking to automate tasks that aren’t load-bearing, while a larger cobot arm will be able to pull its weight with heavier jobs.
For a small business, the fact that cobots have many uses is one of their biggest assets. They can be reprogrammed to fill gaps that emerge in virtually any area of the business, from palletizing to production line, in very little time. And one core component is responsible for cobots’ versatility: their end effectors.
End effectors, also known as end of arm tooling (EOAT), are a vital component of all cobots. They attach to the end of the robotic arm and allow it to carry out specific tasks, which range from laborious tasks such as picking and packing to technical jobs like welding and sanding. One cobot could handle upwards of a dozen tasks over the course of a working week, depending on a business’s needs.
Here are some of the most common industrial applications of cobots, and why some companies are choosing them over industrial robots.