Packing and Packaging
Cobots are designed for repetitive motions, including packaging and case packing applications. A cobot can mimic a motion such as packing, moving similarly to a human, but they really shine with their ability to repeat the action over and over.
According to an online poll conducted by Packaging Digest in the beginning of 2016, only 40% of their respondents are aware of collaborative robots for packaging. read more. Which means that 60% of those polled are unfamiliar with cobots and their benefits for the repetitive jobs of packing products.
Smaller manufacturing companies are now turning to implementing cobots for applications such as machine tending. The return on investment costs now make sense with easy programming without previous coding experience necessary, lower priced robots including implementation costs, and the rising cost of human labor.
Automation of assembly of parts for products utilizes fastening or joining methods such as driving of screws, application of glue or other adhesive, welding, or other fastening applications including clips.
When looking for a robotic arm for cleanroom work look for the higher IP rating for protection from particles. Since the cleanroom robot is ideally designed to work in a cleanroom you will find they often work independently from humans, so the collaborative safety features may not be present.
The process of palletizing or palletising automatically stacks cases of goods or products onto a pallet or flat structure that hold products for transport by a forklift or other loading device. Robotic palletizers were first used in the early 1980s.
Sure it’s fun to watch a robot to make your coffee, decorate a cake, but without the fences and with fast learning robots the ideas of having a “work assistant” who is a robot opens up new doors for possibilities.
Setting Up a Cobot
Most collaborative robots are designed for easy setup in under “one hour” with simple touch screen programming.