The robotics arena has been yearning for a refresh for decades. Industrial giants like GM and Ford realized decades ago that embracing full automation would greatly enhance their production numbers while helping them cut costs albeit at the expense of thousands of workers. No doubt traditional robotics was a huge success for the likes of General Motors and others like them who had the financial muscle and need for full automation. We are at the beginning of yet another revolution in the robotics space.
Collaborative Robots-The Newest Kid On the Block
Effective as they are, traditional robots were not made to work with humans hence the need for factories to dedicate entire floors for robots shielded away from human workers. This meant that one had to go all in when investing in automation in terms of finances and expertise. In today’s economy, startups are having to deal with an erratic operational environment where growth can be quite rapid and demands tend to spike with changes in trends mostly fueled by globalization and the internet.
Collaborative robots or Cobots have come as a flexible automation solution for cases where full automation is either too expensive or not an option; a reality that is becoming more common. Cobots are being paired with human workers to boost their productivity while reducing costs across many industry sectors around the world.
Here are 5 ways Cobots are deployed to boost productivity;
5 Ways Cobots Can Boost Productivity sin Your Company
1) They Take Care of Repetitive Tasks
If there is one thing we as human workers hate is repetitive tasks. You know, things like sorting items on an assembly line, flipping burgers, inspecting items, packaging stuff, attaching stickers, etc. These are all things that any human being would get bored to death doing on a daily basis. The situation is made worse if the same workers are expected to perform other creative tasks as part of their job description such as creating new recipes, finding interesting products, quality testing end products, etc.
Cobots can boost productivity by helping their human counterparts sort out the boring, repetitive tasks letting them concentrate on the creative intricacies and ensuring a quality end product comes out at the end. This is one of the main reasons why Cobots have rapidly gained popularity.
2) Cobots Help Humans Improve Quality of Work
Employees in any organizations are always under pressure to deliver top-notch end products. At the end of the day, it’s the measure of any employee worth to their employer. The better the end product the happier the customer which by naturally, also loosely translates to more money in the bank.
Robots are great at improving things like precision, consistency, and iteration (variation). These are all things that improve the quality of work since human beings are often prone to imperfections. Workers will love having their clever Cobot buddies to enhance their quality and will be more productive as a result.
3) Collaborative Robots Are Easy to Operate
Good collaborative robots come paired with robot software fit for purpose. This software provides a friendly interface through which their operators can specify exactly what they need their Cobot buddy to perform. Need a robot to sort items with machine vision? There is a software solution ready for that. Need to add tactile sensitivity to your Cobot? There is software ready for that too. The possibilities are endless!
The ease with which one can operate a Cobot and even expand their functionality through software and easy hardware modifications really encourage workers to be creative and try out new ways to accomplish their tasks. This is great for productivity in the long run.
4) Cobots Take Care of Hazardous Tasks
Industrial welding, precision cutting, mixing chemicals, inspecting sewer conditions, de-clogging drain pipes, etc. These are all potentially hazardous tasks most people loathe or tend to avoid. However, some of these tasks form part of the daily routines of some industrial and municipal workers around the world.
What if these people didn’t have to directly interact with the hazardous elements as they go about their daily duties? Collaborative robots are being deployed successfully to help workers carry out these hazardous tasks semi-autonomously. This has been shown to boost productivity levels since they don’t have to worry about injuries and health hazards tied to the nature of their tasks.
5) Cobots Are Not a Threat to Jobs, Phew!
This alone is reason enough for workers to embrace this new technology and use it to improve their productivity. As it has been said time and time again, we cannot entirely eliminate human beings from the workforce. Cobots do not present a risk to jobs as they are designed to help humans perform their duties more effectively. This is a great morale and productivity booster.