BTC Mold has introduced four UR5 cobots to product moving, palletizing, picking and placing products for the inspection. As UR cobots can help human employees avoid from working in a noisy environment full of large-sized automated equipment, they helped BTC Mold save more than 35% of labor cost and solved the company’s urgent issues of high worker turnover and labor shortage.
UR cobots can be operated cage-free (subject to risk assessment)and be able to work in proximity with humans. In the past, products had to be packed in cases by manual laborers; as workers needed to bend over when putting products into the boxes, they tended to develop pain at joints and waists over time. The introduction of UR cobots broke BTC Mold employees away from repetitive tasks, reducing their risk of occupation hazard caused by extensive periods of hard laboring work. Moreover, as workers can learn how to solve basic problems in just one hour, over 80% of the employees have worked with cobots. UR cobots help employees transform from practitioners to supervisors, which in turn allows the company to allocate manpower with flexibility and increase production efficiency.
Able to move in 360-degree rotation at each axis, UR cobots can easily simulate ergonomics and adapt to different needs at the production lines. When packing plastic products into cases, for example, the angles and positions can vary with different products and some need to be placed in certain angles or the products could collapse or crush. With UR s’ patented safety system, UR cobots can protect the products throughout the packaging process, significantly lowering the failure rate in a safe and speedy way. A task involving a pallet with two cases can now be finished within 20 minutes, while using industrial robots in the same process could crash and ruin the products.
Moreover, UR cobots can be easily programmed and operated in an intuitive, fast and simple way, with built-in setup wizards to improve programming efficiency and enable easy integration with other automation equipment. Just one cobot is enough to handle multiple tasks including testing, sorting and palletizing. Leveraging UR5 cobots and existing vision sensors at its production lines, BTC Mold uses the cobots to pick up the plastic containers and place them in front of the sensors for yield rate inspection. The company no longer needs to free up space for automation machines of different functions, and as capacity continues to expand, UR cobots have effectively simplified the automated production process and the floor space is now utilized in a more efficient way. As a result, the company can invest more resources in R&D and technology advancements, which in turn is creating a virtuous cycle for the company’s growth.