Collaborative robots have grown in popularity ever since they got into the manufacturing floor working to outdo the traditional robot in automation. As things are at the moment it looks like the collaborative robots are winning in this race for the factory floor.
Over the last ten years, sales of the collaborative robots have sky rocketed and the next ten years prediction presents a bleak future for traditional robots and a hopeful one for cobots. It is estimated that the market for cobots will triple.
As more and more manufacturing entities acquire the cobots and others hear of how they have turned around these businesses, the demand and acceptability is growing. Thanks to cobots, robot assembly is now easily accessible even by manufacturing entities considered small.
What makes cobots so attractive to manufacturers?
Unlike traditional robots, collaborative robots are not made to carry out specific tasks only. No. Collaborative tasks are highly multitasked and can carry out many tasks in the factory floor. First, they are very easy to use. All that is required is a little training and the factory worker is now upgraded to a robot operator.
Second, they are quick learners and also easy to teach. They can be taught how to carry out tasks either manually or by programming. The programmer can teach the cobot how to perform a task by using it to perform the task step by step and it will repeat the process as taught. Or, they could easily program it to perform a task which it will complete as indicated in its program.
This can be done for multiple tasks in the factory and all the operator needs to do is set it to the mode or program for each task, which is an easy process.
Cobots come in different features depending on the reason that the manufacturing entities need them. Depending on the nature of their tasks, manufacturing entities can acquire single arm collaborative robots or multiple axis robots. Different manufacturing entities will need different types of cobots and they are all available for them to choose from.
In addition, collaborative robots also have different weight load capacities. Depending on the type tasks or product being handled by the robot. The weight load for cobots ranges from 3 to 10kg.
Another important feature of the cobot is their size. Cobots are compact in size and thus occupy a small space on the factory floor. In addition, they are easy to move around to other parts of the factory to complete different tasks.
Ease of acquisition
Another quality that is leading to the quick growth of cobots in industry is that they are affordable. Compared to traditional robots, collaborative robots are easy to buy. The acquiring entity will not have to invest thousands of dollars to acquire a cobot.
Once the investment in the cobot is made, it is also easy to recoup the investment. It has been established that a cobot’s return on investment is usually less than two years. This is as a result of the massive gains accrued to any manufacturing entity that acquires a cobot.
The benefits of acquiring a cobot
Another reason that cobots are increasingly becoming the modern automation tool is the great benefits that they offer a manufacturing company. Most important is that cobots usually improve production. Being robots, they can work faster and longer than human employees thus leading to increased production capacity.
Secondly, they improve the quality of products. Cobots are highly accurate and specific. As a result, they will significantly reduce the occurrence of defects on the organizations products.
Another benefit that a manufacturing entity could accrue from using a cobot for assembly is that it can lead to advanced or better jobs for the factory employees. This is due to the fact that, cobots can be assigned hazardous and repetitive jobs leaving the human employees to be engaged in tasks that efficiently use their capabilities.