What is a Cobot?
A Cobot is a Collaborative Robot. This means that the robot is able to work alongside people. They differ from industrial robots, which tend to be large robots that work for example in the car manufacturing industry. These robots carry out work such as welding and spray painting. They are secured in place and are surrounded by safety guarding to protect workers from the large and heavy arms that carry out the work.
What is the difference between a cobot and an industrial robot?
Industrial robots are the big robots you might know from the car industry. They can weld or spray paint cars together, among other things. These types of industrial robots cannot be moved because they are fixed in place. You also need fencing to separate your workers from the powerful robtot arms to ensure safety.
Cobots are smaller than industrial robots. You can therefore use cobots much more extensively, in industries from a bakery to logistics. They are less heavy and safety measures are built in so they can stand next to people. If you touch a cobot with your hand, it will stop working. This prevents accidents in the workplace.
Because cobots are smaller than most industrial robots, they are also suitable for companies where there is not much space. You can even mount a cobot on the ceiling in many cases.
The differences in a row:
- Flexibly deployable;
- Easily programmable;
- Human speed;
- Safe to work with.
- Fixed location and task;
- More difficult to program;
- Heavy in weight;
- High speed;
- Requires larger investment;
- Takes up less space (including fencing);
- Shielded from people.
How do you avoid staff shortages?
Sometimes it is difficult to get staff for certain jobs. This is when cobots offer a solution. Solve your staff shortage permanently by buying a cobot or temporarily rent a cobot to bridge your staff shortage between seasons.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of robotization?
Many workers already accustomed to automated work floors become very happy with cobots. For people worried about the robotization of the labor market: there is absolutely no need to be. Instead of completely replacing human labor, we are more often seeing cobots and industrial robots being used to supplement human capabilities. Also, new jobs are being created (not only at manufacturing companies but also in schools, where new courses on robots are being taught) and human skills – such as creativity, complex decision-making and empathy – will always remain valuable. Those skills cannot be automated.
What are the benefits of cobot robots?
A cobot is:
- Easily programmable: program the route the robot arm should take by grabbing the arm and recording the route;
- Low weight and easily movable: place the cobot on a cart and use the cobot robot in multiple places on the shop floor.
- Flexible: put another cobot-gripper (gripper) on your cobot and re-program your cobot. In the morning your cobot screws together apple crates and in the afternoon the same cobot robot puts apples in those crates.
What are the benefits of cobots for your workforce?
Employees who do a lot of repetitive work can suffer from RSI or other complaints, and if the weight to be handled is greater, the physical strain on your employees also increases. Cobots help you reduce or solve these problems. For example, a cobot robot effortlessly carries products weighing as much as ten to twenty kilograms, over and over again. This relieves employees physically. This also has a benefit for you as an employer: you reduce the amount of sick leave.
Your workers will also have a lot of time left over to engage in other work. For example, if a cobot is assembling a product, the worker can, in the meantime, prepare the parts for the next product. The result: significantly higher production. The employee no longer has to assemble the product himself. Want to learn more about the benefits and applications of cobots? Then read more on our applications page.
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The quality of cobot grippers
The work a cobot does is always the same. The cobot works with even force and always does exactly what you want because you program the settings yourself. This means that the quality of your cobot-gripper is also always the same. Is it very important to you that your products are consistently handled to the same quality standards? Then a cobot is the best choice.
How much does a cobot cost?
It costs less to implement cobots in your production process than it costs to have large industrial robots installed. Depending on what you deploy a cobot robot for and how many hours a day you use the cobot, it is possible to recoup the price of your cobot system in as little as 195 days. Want to calculate your return on investment exactly? You can!