When selecting a universal robot that will help you tackle tasks on the production line, it is always important that you pick the best and correct robot for the job. Universal robot is usually used at the end of a production line spectrum since they are more appropriate for jobs with a light payload.
The universal robot are normally the best solutions for tasks that involve products/parts to be lifted weigh less than 20kg and if the distance to be traveled is 1300mm and below. They improve the industrial line in many various ways that may include;
- Easy Programming Aspect
Due to its technology, universal robots allow operators that have no experience in programming to quickly set it up and operate them with 3D visualization and intuitive. The operator needs to simply move the robot arm towards the desired waypoints or control it with the arrow keys on the easy-to-use interface on the touchscreen tablet.
- Affordability Aspects
In general, universal robots are cheap and also their purchasing and maintenances cost is low. There are reconditioned universal robot models that have greater savings opportunities.
- Versatile/Flexible Mounting and Installation
Due to how the universal robot are lightweight and compact, they can easily be installed in different locations such as walls, ceilings, tabletops, floors, shelves, etc. This capability of universal robot allows more space-efficient and creative work cell designs to be achieved. The average set-up time of a universal robot is approximately half a day. Also, for an untrained operator, it takes him/her less than an hour to unpack the robot, mount it and program it first simple task. They are also flexible due to their characteristic of being lightweight and their ease to re-deploy to multiple applications without changing the product layout.
- Good execution and performance levels
Universal robot provides exceptional precision, speed, and repeatability. Through them, companies can cut cycle times and increase their overall productivity.
- Safe in operation
Universal robots have replaced human operators in the execution of dangerous, dirty and dull tasks. These has in turn reduced repetitive strain and accidental injuries. Eighty percent of the Universal robots operate without safety guarding since they have passed through risk assessment and their safety systems have been approved by the German Technical Inspection Association.
Benefits of Producing Locally with Universal Robots
- shorter lead time
Through local production, one is able to reduce the lead time in the production line in a way that offshoring production cannot.
- Creation of Local Jobs/Tasks
Robots are being criticized that they steal automation jobs. However, jobs that would otherwise been sourced from external sources are now created locally by companies through the use of universal robots.
- Provision of Better Product Quality
Through local production, one is able to have full control over the quality of the products that he/she produces and hence giving one the power of adjusting quickly if one identifies variation in quality. By carrying out the robotic finishing of your products locally, one is full control of the final look to his/her product.
- Promotes Sustainability
The environmental impact of businesses is a particularly hot topic right now. It used to be that the economic advantage of offshoring was the top factor. Now, sustainability is “mission critical” for businesses. Choosing a collaborative robot to automate a process in your business is much more sustainable than shipping your product halfway around the world. Universal robots can also improve sustainability less obvious ways — for example, they make better use of abrasive media by eliminating common sources of human error in robot sanding and polishing.
- Fewer cultural confusions
True cultural integration is great, but offshoring can highlight the disadvantages of cross-cultural communication. These issues are compounded by the fact that you may be literally on the other side of the world from the people doing your work. It is certainly possible to adjust to such cultural and social differences, but it adds complexity to your business.