Working with Cobots? Opinions from the workforce!
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
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’.
Job Transformation: From Machinist To Robot Programmer.
Dynamic Group is an injection molding company based in Minnesota with more than 135 employees. Press Operator, Darryl Lidel never thought he’d have the opportunity to work with robots.
‘It’s awesome. My job was pretty strenuous without the robot but now we have one it makes my days go by a lot easier, faster and it makes everything run through a lot more smoothly.’
‘Before we had Universal Robots I stood eight hours a day at the same machine and didn’t have any other assignments. The robots have enabled me to be more flexible and take on new tasks. It’s also made it more interesting to come to work as you learn to program the robots, which is really fun’, said Lars Meldgaard Nielsen, Industrial Engineer at BJ-Gear A/S. The company believes cobots are the most cost-effective way to automate production and to stay ahead of the competition.
Line Lead, Sebrina Thompson said that if you can work a smartphone you can pretty much work the robots.
‘When the robots were first introduced, employees were a little nervous and anxious but now they’re on the floor the staff can’t live without them’, she said.
The UR5 and UR10 are now part of the family and fondly called Thelma and Louise by the workers who besides them on the factory floor each day.
The staff is excited by the low-cost of robotic arms and the improvements they have made to the business. They’re continuously looking for new ways cobots can be used to improve processes and increase efficiencies.