COBOTS IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY
“We have not let go of any employees and our production has increased. We have big plans for OB7, not just on our mills but on our lathes as well,”
Timo Lunceford, General Manager, Swiss Productions
COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY
Collaborative robots or "cobots" are being embraced by the medical industry to provide agility and flexibility in manufacturing processes. Productive Robotics' cobots increase quality, efficiency, and productivity by taking on repetitive tasks and working consistently without breaks.
Cobots are used by medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and research facilities to handle machine tending; product and device assembly; kitting and packaging items into boxes; loading and unload trays; sealing and labeling; quality inspection; lab assistance and much more.
Unlike traditional robots which require expensive safety equipment and complex programming, cobots are easy to use, highly flexible, and safe. This unique advantage allows manufacturers to easily redeploy cobots to different workstations and handle short production runs, quick changes and modifications.
BENEFITS OF COBOTS
Cobots provide many benefits that enable businesses to innovate, earn new business, create jobs, and gain a competitive advantage.
Without the need for safety caging, fencing, and other expensive equipment that traditional robots require, cobots are highly affordable and come in all-inclusive packages that make it easy and fast to implement.
Cobots can work in complex human environments safely without the need for safety caging, allowing businesses to deploy and easily move them in and out of different workstations easily. This flexibility is ideal for high-mix/low volume manufacturers too.
With safety sensors built into every joint, cobots will stop if it runs into an object or if a person hits it. No need to worry about caging or safety fencing. Staff can work safely and collaboratively in conjunction with cobots.
Due to their ease of use and flexibility, there are less barriers to entry with cobots. By reducing labor costs, increasing productivity and efficiency, businesses see a return of investment in as little as a a week.
SIMPLE TO USE
No programming involved and no prior experience necessary. Operators simply "show" the cobot a task and it learns. Its simple and intuitive user interface allows staff to use cobots in minutes and teach it simple to complex tasks.
Unlike traditional robots which require safety caging and expensive equipment, cobots are easy to implement and seamlessly roll into existing production lines; With wheels, you can roll cobots in and out of workstations easily.
SIMPLE AND FAST SET UP
With no downtime, complex integration, or high costs, getting started with cobots is simple and fast. With your in-house staff, you can set up and start automating in a few hours.
No matter where you are in the process, we have several automation resources to help you learn about the benefits of cobots and get started automating.
COBOTS 101: Getting Started With Cobots
What is a cobot? How are cobots used in manufacturing? This guide defines cobots, explains the difference between cobots vs industrial robots, and provides uses of robots in manufacturing automation.
Robotic Integration For Machine Shops
This book covers valuable tips on how to implement collaborative robots into your machine tending cell. It provides techniques for CNC machine production and lights out manufacturing.
10 Most Common Questions About Automating CNCs
Have a CNC application? This guide answers many common questions about robotic machine tending and what you need to know about setting up cnc robotics jobs.