Cobots are a powerful innovation enabling unprecedented flexibility within the manufacturing sector.
More manufacturing floors are seeking to invest heavily in cobots in to respond to increasing customer demands. The goal of cobots is to help with repetitive and labour exhaustive skills while keeping the human employees safe and improve the manufacturing process.
Market analysts at Barclays predict the co-bot industry is poised for rapid growth. In 2015, $116 million was spent worldwide on co-bots. By 2020, Barclays predicts sales of co-bots around the globe will near $3 billion.
Below are three success stories where cobots have been successfully integrated in the factory lines.
Cobots are defining how human and machine can work together and increase the plant efficiency. Unlike their bulkier brothers, cobots are smaller robots that will be assigned mundane or physically exerting tasks enabling human employees to think about car customisation for future car customers.
High output, high speed and high quality. Sawyer helps the GE lighting division by collaborating with the people to produce high volume highway road light fixtures in order to keep up with the consumer demands. Therefore cobot Sawyer is a great solution for the upcoming plant challenges by automating tasks and protecting the plants’ employees.
The first company to deploy over 100 cobot robots since 2010. Cobots have decreased the amount of repetitive motions required to assemble motorcycle parts. Hence freeing up employees to share their ideas about standardisation, efficiency and how to share the manufacturing floor with their new mechanical colleagues. A true example of giving the power to the worker that improved the company’s flexibility and reliability.
Lastly cobots can be seen as manufacturing surgeons that are there to provide precision, repeat-ability and high output without affecting the quality of the product manufactured.