7 Industries That Benefit Most From Cobots in 2022

02/02/2022

Cobots are inherently safe to collaborate with their human counterparts and manage an array of tasks in any production capacity. This makes it both an ideal productivity tool for almost any manufacturer in any industry!

Priced at an average of €27,000, cobots have the flexibility and ability to lower production costs. This allows the increase in competitiveness against rivals in low-cost markets.

Cobots have a significant place in the future of manufacturing. Therefore poses the question, which industries do cobots bring the most value to in 2022?

Here are some prime examples of industries that benefit most from use of cobots:


1. Manufacturing:


Manufactures that engage in any form of mass production can benefit from the employment of a cobot. Due to its precision and speed of smart and automated payload arms, production lines will be more efficient and effective. This is without compromising product quality. Being easily deployable and redoplayable, cobots allow manufacturing industries to be reactive to changing consumer demands.

In the automobile assembly lines, a cobot can manage the assembling of components of the interiors and exteriors of a car. An example of this is the components of the door. Other examples include tasks that require a more delicate and controlled force, such as sanding the paintwork of a car.

Whether functioning in areas such as assembling, inspecting, dispensing, packing and more. Predicted to be in demand for “micro-manufacturing” which essentially means a range of products with a low volume of production.

Cobots thrive in these industries due to its very easily reprogrammable nature. Their human counterparts can switch programs and potentially utilise the cobots' vision sensors to learn to observe and recognise brand new products with ease and quickly.


2. Electronics & Technology:


In fast paced industry such as electronics and technology, the requirement to achieve and maintain competitiveness, agility and flexibility is key. Whether it is building sub-assemblies, kitting or packaging products, or loading and unloading test units, cobots offer a type of flexibility that can achieve potentially higher productivity, quality and consistency levels.


Cobots undertake precise tasks such as dispensing, inserting, labelling and screwdriving with high repeatability simultaneously and safely with their human counterparts. As mentioned before, cobot arms are easily programmable and lightweight. Thus be moved from one section of the production line to another as required by their human counterparts.

3. Logistics:

Utilised to get deliveries out relatively faster. It not only transfer items from one station to another, but possess sensors that adjust grip in accordance to the fragility of the item.

Designed by nature to carry loads, in respect to mobile cobots, it can carry loads through a pre-programmed route. This essentially minimises the need for their human counterparts to take on heavy lifting by hand or employ heavy equipment to do equivalent jobs.

Cobots can be fitted with cameras to convert the cobot into an accurate and efficient picking machine. With its grippers/suction cup end effectors, cobots can perform tasks such as form cartons, load items into it, and seal boxes.



4. Cosmetics/Chemical/ Pharmaceutical:


Known to utilise computer-automated machines to take on monotonous tasks that often require extensive control and precision. Collaborative automation provides agility and flexibility.

Utilising a cobot for this industry sector allows companies to achieve a higher efficiency and lower error rates. It ensure workplace sterility in important areas such as researching, testing, marking and packing.

Cobots tend to machines and conveyors to accurately assemble products, kit and package products, utilising a cobot for this industry sector allows companies to achieve a higher efficiency and lower error rates.

The workplace sterility and minimises the dangers of potential human contamination in sensitive processes such as researching, testing, marking and packing. Such tasks potentially include picking and placing components at the injection molding site, transporting materials to the trimming area or placing finished products to the human operator for the next phase of production.

Cobots safely handle hot or difficult processes that would typically be unsafe or have high risks of contamination, such as lab automation. This frees up human workers from low-value repetitive tasks to handle more important and high-value jobs.


5. Food Processing:


Cobots can be tasked with a range of jobs through the secondary processes. Abled to work in from humid greenhouse settings, refrigerated settings to managing hot ovens, this allows for their human counterparts to take on more valuable jobs and settings that could potentially cause injury.

For a cobot, it need not require breaks from the set tasks and allow their human counterparts to move away from repetitive and dull tasks for more important jobs. These tasks include picking and placing tasks or follow-the-line applications. Utilising cobots in this area of food preparation and packaging offers manufacturers maximum efficiency.


6. Agriculture:


Cobots can engage with repetitive tasks that some or many businesses have struggled to obtain adequate workers. Cobots solve potential shortages of seasonal workers. Multitude of cobots of varying shapes and sizes can be utilised for this industry for example, to pick specific types of plants.


7. Education:


The education industry will benefit from the proliferation of collaborative robots in many industries around the world. A cobot is an ideal tool that students can learn from that provides them valuable skills.

Utilised throughout education, research and scientific platforms that can function for information analysis and gathering, developing new technologies and to potentially educate.


Once a risk assessments has been completed, cobots can operate in both technical and vocational initiatives. This allows for the relay of valuable and current automation expertise to young adults and more.

Lightweight in nature, cost-effective to employ, and appropriate size to fit in small labs and in classrooms, a cobot can be used to repeat processes and predefined workflows. An ideal tool for information analysis and gathering as well as being capable of functioning in laboratory environments.



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Updated 16/05/2022