We hear the benefits automation brings to business but what about the employees who work hand-in-hand with these new technologies? What type of impact does automation have on their lives?
Education, flexibility, fun, productivity, 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.
Here, they share their stories
Precision engineering firm Inertia Switch in Orangeburg New York, knows only too well the positive impact cobots can bring to employees. The company uses the Universal Robots’ UR5 to optimize production by doing repetitive and mundane tasks that free up workers and creates new jobs. Employees are now learning how to program and work with robots on the factory floor.
Slobodan Todori, Machinist at Inertia Switch said a UR5 is now doing his job and the change has been a rewarding experience.
‘I feel better about myself programing a robot that’s actually doing the job that I would have done. It feels pretty good’, he said.
According to Slobodan, learning how to program the robot was easy and efficient.
‘We got the software and uploaded it onto the Universal Robot and it started working. It was perfect. It was plug and play. I went through the manual and it showed me there was a teaching program on it. It’s very easy to program. It has a teaching method where you hold onto the button and move the robot arm around wherever you like it and then set that as a waypoint. I made a simple program for doing different movements. It was pretty easy’.