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The electronics manufacturing industry is seeing more demand than ever, with growth in multiple areas. The consumer electronics sector continues to expand, while advanced electronics are now found in an increasing number of other products — including automobiles, home appliances and more.


Automation is one of the most effective ways for electronics manufacturers to keep up with this increased demand, continuing to meet quality and fulfillment commitments while maintaining the bottom line through more efficient use of resources. While some degree of automation is found in every manufacturing facility, it is now necessary to seek broader automation applications and new methods of automation to continue seeing benefits.


Collaborative robots (cobots) are one such method of automation expansion. This introduces versatile robotics for electronics manufacturing. Next generation “cobots” like OB7 can be easily “taught” numerous tasks without the need for programming knowledge, and can work directly alongside your human workers without the fear of safety risks.


The OB7 electronics assembly robot from Productive Robotics fulfills these needs with:


  • Full seven-axes movement (compared with six-axes movement — or less — from other robots)

  • No-programming operation — simply “teach” the cobot by moving it into place and adjust using a simple touchscreen interface

  • Minimal footprint designed for easy mobility and integration with existing equipment

  • Fast, easy setup and assembly

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The benefits of using a cobot in assembling electronics are many. They include:


  • Safe integration with personnel and processes: Cobots are designed to work directly alongside people, and differ greatly from the massive, fenced-off equipment often associated with automation. With easy setup and placement, cobots can introduce new levels of efficiency into nearly any step in the electronics manufacturing and assembly process: picking and placing boards, holding pieces in place for assembly, and much more.


  • Consistent and repeatable movements: Electronics components are intricate and delicate, and must be handled carefully to avoid damaging their construction. Cobots are ideal for this process — better ensuring a consistent, highly repeatable process that achieves the same level of care in every cycle. This frees human workers — who may otherwise grow tired or bored in repetitive handling tasks — to carry out higher-value jobs.


  • Fast and easy setup and operation by anyone: The OB7 from Productive Robotics can be assembled and set up within a few hours of arrival at your facility, and it is then ready to be integrated with nearly any process that could benefit from more integration. The OB7 is specifically designed for operation by anyone, regardless of programming knowledge (or lack thereof).


No programming: Instead of programming the cobot, the operator simply “teaches” OB7 how to move through its task and uses a familiar, intuitive touchscreen interface to make adjustments. The OB7 can  also be easily moved and re-taught different jobs, even during the same shift.

When getting started with  OB7, everything you need to instantly begin automating arrives in one package, giving you increased efficiency and quality in:


  • Electronics assembly

  • Welding and soldering

  • Picking, placing and packaging

  • QC facilitation

  • Palletizing and fulfillment steps


To learn more about how we can help, contact Productive Robotics today.