Cobots: Science Fiction No More.

What once seemed like science fiction is quickly losing the fiction and is a part of many manufacturing facilities today.  Robots, or more specifically cobots (collaborative robots) have been around for a while, but adoption has been surprisingly slow. But cobots are advancing in a big way, and manufacturers are scrambling to learn more about how they can take advantage of them.  Companies are finding new and exciting ways to introduce cobots into their production processes to increase efficiency, reliability and profitability.  They’re yielding amazing results for manufacturers, and with prices coming down it’s time to consider cobots for your facility today. 


Cobots Can Help with Your Workforce Shortage Issues.

Today’s manufacturing workforce shortage has dramatically accelerated the introduction of cobots into manufacturing production lines all over the country. Cobots are ideal for repetitive, tedious, tiresome or dangerous tasks.  Common uses include palletizing product, packaging, welding, material removal, assembly and even quality inspections. The practical uses of cobots are just being fully explored and manufacturers are creatively using them in amazing ways, and they’re helping deal with workforce shortage issues. Designed to work alongside your employees, cobots are ideal assistants that free up your workers for tasks that require their skilled hands. A cobot will efficiently do its tasks quickly and accurately, and it can run 24/7 if you need it to.

Why Should You Consider Cobots Now?

There are three main reasons to consider adding cobots to your manufacturing operation today:

  1. Price. The price of cobots has come down considerably in recent years. Think in the neighborhood of $25,000-40,000 for a quality cobot – consider that against the cost of an employee and the return on investment is easy.
  2. Simplicity. The latest generation of cobots are amazingly simple to implement because they don’t require advanced programming skills – no more sending someone to a multi-week training program or bringing in an outside expert to program your equipment. Today’s cobots aren’t programmed as much as they are “taught” their tasks by their human counterpart. Almost anyone can train a modern cobot.
  3. Workforce Headaches. Cobots have quickly become a great way to solve some of your manufacturing workforce woes, offering you a cost-effective way to complete some of your basic tasks on the plant floor.

Speak to your local Area Business Manager about introducing you to one of our Cobot Project Managers and get some great helpful advice on why you should consider cobots today.