The absence of skilled workers has been looming over European manufacturers for years. In 2019, three out of four European companies reported that they had trouble finding the right workers. With no improvement in sight, decision makers and companies must collectively care for the workforce, as people are the economy’s most important resource.
Cobots are designed to work alongside humans, and for that reason they are much smaller and lighter than typical traditional robots. As a result, our cobots use less electricity than traditional industrial robots, which usually use three phase power.
There are lots of different ways to use a cobot for palletizing in your business. And one of the simplest ways to customize your palletizing is to choose a gripper that is designed for a specific function.
Implementing a robotic palletizing solution using a collaborative robot (cobot) can not only help your production operations run as smoothly as possible, but also help increase speed, output and reduce costs.
Collaborative robots (cobots) are a cost-effective way to increase production and delivery time, optimize your processes and boost quality. But even though a cobot is much simpler and faster to set up and get working than a traditional industrial robot, there is still some preparation that needs to be done.
A collaborative robot (cobot) can be utilized in hundreds of ways. Whether you’re looking to automate a tedious task, increase efficiency or free your workers up to complete more technical work, cobots will be a transformative addition to your operations. Here we explain in more detail 10 cobot components and how they can be used within your business.
On 28 April, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an awareness-raising campaign that promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. On this special day of awareness, here are 5 stories about cobots taking on dangerous, hard, repetitive or dull tasks where they have allowed people to focus on work that is more enjoyable and less likely to cause injuries.
Sustainability ranks high on the global and political agenda as countries and regions set out energy and emission targets as part of climate change-related commitments. Universal Robots, like many other companies, is working to make its own working practices and production more sustainable. What makes a manufacturing process more environmentally ‘sustainable’?
This week’s blog explores how UR cobots have emerged as a powerful resource for electronics manufacturers facing critical business pain points such as unexpected spikes in demand, skilled labor shortages, high mix/low volume production and lack of available floorspace in manufacturing facilities.
March 1 2021 marked a new chapter in the history of Universal Robots as 38-year-old Kim Povlsen took the helm as President. We caught up with the ambitious and technologically-driven Dane for insights on his background as well as his visions for his new assignment. Plus a few words on his coffee-obsession.
“The quality of a Universal Robot is a given, it’s how you use the collaborative robot arm that determines whether you’re successful or not.” In this blog, we speak with Mikkel Vahl, Global Head of Training and Education at Universal Robots, about the critical role of the UR Academy in deploying cobots.
In the latest installment of the Quality Matters series, our Q&A with Martin Kjærbo, UR's VP of Operations and Supply Chain talks about UR’s quality vision, human-cobot collaboration on UR’s own production lines, and the importance of treating quality management as a process.
More factories and manufacturing facilities than ever before rely on robots to help assist and relieve human workers from tedious and dangerous tasks, ensure product quality and improve overall productivity. This article highlights some of the key trends driving the remarkable increase in adoption of cobots in industrial and manufacturing settings...
This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring the many ways in which cobots support adaptation and business continuity in uncertain times. Each post focuses on a popular application for UR collaborative robots from Quality Inspection to Welding. By Jim Lawton, Vice President, Product and Applications Management.
When operators look at thousands of parts a day, they sometimes become “snow-blind” to defects. But that never happens to robots.” Operations manager at Zippertubing in Arizona, USA, Tim Mead, describes in an interview with The New York Times how his UR5 cobot now tends the snap-set machines that add thermal wrap around hoses...
UR cobots make growth possible for companies of all sizes in several industries, from electronics and automotive to pharma and general manufacturing. Our cobots are easy to operate, offer flexible deployment possibilities, and are quick to install. In this article, we’ll take a look at five examples of solutions powered by UR cobots.
Accuracy, repeatability, and safety are critical aspects in the manufacture of many devices, especially those that have stringent quality requirements such as the medical, or transportation systems. These are also key features that distinguish UR cobots and make them ideal for testing these products for quality assurance.
“Computers, Communications, and Consumer Electronics” make up what’s commonly referred to as the 3C industry in China. An industry where the application of collaborative robots now enjoys a promising future as flexible production lines are ripe for automation. Inspection up close – there is a collaborative Robot for that.
The world is not accurate. Humans can handle this. Traditionally, robots require absolute accuracy. In many cases, force/torque sensors can counter this automation challenge; When you mount a sophisticated sensor to a collaborative robot arm, you add a sense of touch. You mimic the human skin and its ability to perceive...
Today’s manufacturers are continually looking for ways to produce high-quality products more efficiently and affordably so they can keep up with their competitors locally and globally. Canadian based company, Robotiq works with manufacturers helping them to automate their businesses and to overcome workforce challenges.
If a product made it through your quality assurance processes with a defect and landed in the hands of your customer, how would you feel? If this happened to hundreds or thousands of products over time what would this cost your business? Time, product returns, stress, loss of customers, and possibly reduced profitability.
Robots aren’t just for big manufacturers anymore. And they’re not just for companies with deep technical staff or deep pockets. Today’s cobots are attracting interest from all sizes of companies, all over the world—many with no automation experience at all. The business drivers for cobots are compelling as highlighted in...
There are many reasons to implement a collaborative robot or “cobot” from Universal Robots. Manufacturers love their flexibility and ease-of-use, and that they provide the fastest payback in the industry at only 195 days. But cobots from Universal Robots continue to bring significant value for years to come—long after that...
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