Humans and Co-bots– The Perfect Marriage?

Humans and Co-bots– The Perfect Marriage?

The “promise” to simplify and streamline our personal and work lives with robots is huge. Although still not fully accepted by the general population, many feel there are several reasons automation can provide a happily ever after as the benefits of robotics are becoming clearer.

Collaborative robots know as co-bots were designed with the goal to help humans perform ergonomically challenging and tedious tasks such as packaging and handling materials. In addition, co-bots are affordable, easy to implement, and to program.

The use of co-bots in the manufacturing industry is not a new concept, but popularity in this segment is growing quickly due to the low cost and ability to work alongside with humans. Technology advancements are making robots easier to implement and as co-bots become more sophisticated they are positioned to gain more traction in hospitals, research laboratories, warehouses and more.

Co-bots do not require highly skilled technicians, and can be easily programmed via a tablet or smart phone to perform simple and repetitive tasks on the production line. They are also useful in making sure final products are meeting quality standards. Once a task is complete the co-bot can be reprogrammed to move on to a different task. Perhaps this may seem a bit similar to something you read or saw in the film “The Stepford Wives”?

All kidding aside, according to a human-machine study conducted by an MIT professor at a BMW factory, it was shown that teams made of humans and robots collaborating efficiently can be more productive than teams made of either humans or robots alone. Also, the cooperative process reduced human idle time by 85%.

Robotics have the ability to be a liberating force for individuals, industry, and the general population, by developing a more collaborative future that’s already at our fingertips. According to one research report the collaborative robot market is projected to grow from USD 981 million in 2020 to USD 7,972 million by 2026; it is expected to grow at a (CAGR) of 41% during 2020–2026. Collaborative robots or co-bots are intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace, and the increasing adoption by small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), are key factors driving growth.

So if you run a small- or medium-sized company and have been thinking about popping the question, is it time to implement automation, the answer is YES! The FANUC Corp, one of the largest robotic providers and preferred supplier of Delta Technology, is now offering CRX co-bots, which are a great example of robotics and humans working side by side. A human operator stands by to guide the robot, but no longer has to do the dangerous and repetitive job of heavy lifting.

FANUC’s new CRX co-bots are safe, flexible, quick to implement, and easy to program. The CRX series offers an all-new FANUC programming interface with simple drag and drop technology on a touch screen pendant. The ease of programming paired with FANUC’s world-renowned technology, proven reliability, and sensitive contact detection allows the CRX-10iA to work safely alongside people in a variety of industrial and manufacturing jobs.

Covering the needs of both experienced and first time automation users, the FANUC co-bot series offers many choices, more payload, reach and speed than any other co-bot series on the market. Safety-certified, FANUC co-bots work hand in hand with humans to add value to your processes. They also offer a quick return on investment. Let our experts at  Delta Technology be your guide.