One of the things that advances in technology have made possible is improving the accessibility of automation. Currently, it is possible for small and medium-sized businesses to increase their productivity and enjoy margins of scale without necessarily taking out huge loans. What is even more impressive is the fact that they can do this without having to get more space or higher a skilled labor force to operate the incoming robots.
All this is made possible by the fact that collaborative robots exist. These robots have revolutionalized manufacturing and production. They have also evened the playing field by making automation accessible to players who could not have afforded traditional industrial robots. The following are some of the ways in which a collaborative robot differs from a traditional industrial robotic system.
Collaborative robots are designed with collaboration in mind. They are designed to be work alongside humans in such a way as to complement their work and effort.
As a result, these robots are built with advanced sensors that make it easy for them to detect human presence and motions. They are able to help whenever and wherever they are needed.
Traditional robotic systems are not designed to take human interaction into consideration. They tend to be bulkier and with fewer sensors or software designed to monitor the presence and actions of human operators.
This collaborative aspect of cobots usually makes it easier for employees to embrace them. Since they are designed to assist human beings and not replace them, employees tend to have less resistance to their deployment. When compared to traditional robots, they tend to face fewer cases of sabotage.
Ease of use
Traditional robots feature highly customized systems. To operate them, highly skilled operators are needed. They tend to feature a learning curve that makes it necessary for companies to hold extended employee training sessions. Operating them is hard, and programming them is harder.
Unlike traditional robots, cobots are very easy to program. An employee does not need advanced programming skills to use them because they take advantage of advanced artificial intelligence systems. Using them is designed to be more intuitive.
Furthermore, programming them is not as complicated. Since most even have graphic user interfaces, it is easy to learn how to fine-tune the robot’s speed, motion, and force without necessarily having to master advanced programming languages.
Since these systems are easy to use and program, organizations are usually able to enjoy their benefits within a short period of time. An organization does not have to incur the costs of extended downtime when installing the robots, something that really increases the odds of successful and profitable implementation.
Cobots have advanced safety features that make it possible for them to safety collaborate with human beings. Most of them have advanced sensors that can detect human beings, and they can then adjust their speed and force accordingly. These sensors, in addition to highly advanced AI systems, make these robots very safe. As a result, they tend to operate next to human beings without safety cages.
Traditional robotic systems do not have safety features that are as advanced as those of collaborative robots. Therefore, they tend to be confined to specific areas. Building safety cages and other safety features around these robotic systems is also customary.
Since collaborative robots are safer out-of-the-box, a business usually requires less investment towards making the robots safe for humans. They require less space, since they do not need to be cushioned away from human beings, and pose fewer safety risks.
Traditional robotic systems are usually installed in fixed positions. Since every single part of the robot is designed to handle a specific process, moving these robots or using them to do other tasks is usually impossible. Furthermore, moving them around normally poses a safety risk, making these robots to be highly inflexible.
Cobots are smaller in size. They have advanced safety features that make it easy for them to be in different places, and even next to human beings, without posing a safety hazard. This, in addition to the fact that they can be easily programmed to execute different tasks, makes them very flexible. Therefore, compared to traditional robots, they offer better value for a company that is in a fast-changing business environment.