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Collaborative robots provide major impacts on productivity, efficiency and quality in the metal fabrication industry. For machine tending, keeping machines running consistently without breaks, interruptions, or idle time is key.  Collaborative metal fabrication robots seamlessly integrate with metalworking machinery and automate cnc machine tending applications. By taking on the repetitive, dull and boring jobs like machine loading and unloading, cobots free up workers to shift focus and direct resources to higher-skilled, higher-impact tasks, maximizing value for the facility.

Implementing collaborative robots (cobots) with metalworking machines offers numerous benefits:


  • Increase throughput by keeping machines running nonstop 

  • Relieve operators from repetitive and mundane tasks 

  • Improve quality, productivity, and efficiency

  • Complete tasks with repeatable, consistent cycles every time

  • Reduce human error due to breaks, boredom, and distraction 

  • 24/7 ‘lights-out’ operation 

Productive Robotics provides these benefits and more through cost-effective, flexible, and easy to use collaborative robots. With fast set up and “no-programming”, existing operators can set up and operate cobots with ease, and begin automating on day one.

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Cobots provide a host of benefits when integrated with metalwork machinery, including:


  • Automate repetitive tasks with consistency and accuracy: One of the primary benefits of collaborative robots is that they can complete highly repetitive, dull tasks with consistency and accuracy. In metal fabrication, there are many such tasks, which can quickly grow boring for human workers — leading to distraction, errors and lower productivity. Cobots can work around the clock and never get tired or bored.


  • Safety benefits for the most dangerous tasks: Unlike traditional robots that require expensive safety and caging equipment, cobots work safely alongside humans without guarding. Implementing cobots to automate tasks such as welding allows workers to be removed from high-heat points, especially when smaller and more intricate pieces are involved.


  • Free up operators to high-value functions: With cobots taking on the repetitive, dangerous, and mundane tasks, you free human workers for the tasks for which they are best suited: those requiring a high degree of knowledge, expertise and creativity, which cannot be provided by a robot.


  • Human-like movement with seven axes: Most automation robots offer up to six axes of movement. OB7 from Productive Robotics offers seven full axes, providing the most flexible, versatile, human-like movement that can complete a broad variety of tasks.


  • Easy set up and mobility: With a small footprint and a wheeled base, OB7 is fast and easy to set up. OB7 can be easily moved between machines and tasks, even during the same shift, maximizing impact and return on investment.


  • No programming to operate: OB7 does not require any programming knowledge or training to operate — the robot is simply “taught” by moving its arm into place and using an intuitive, graphics-based touchscreen to edit and modify jobs.


When you work with Productive Robotics for your automation solutions, we provide everything you need in one package, offering unparalleled technology innovation and service. Our robotics experts are here to assist you in how best to integrate our automation technology with your equipment.

Metal fabrication applications for cobots include:


  • Welding, including holding pieces in place for the weld

  • Loading stock and unloading finished piecesPicking and placing​

  • Fulfillment and packaging​

  • QC assistance

To learn more and to discuss your project, contact us today.