Production automation is a process that aims to optimize the production process and, as a result, increase efficiency. Historically speaking, production automation has been with us for many years. Recently, it is particularly visible through the popularization of robotics. Even 50 years ago, robotics were reserved for large factories, mainly from the automotive industry, which produced long series of the same products. Today, robotics are many different areas: industrial robots, cooperating robots cobots, mobile robots, service robots. A collaborative robot today plays a special role in universal robotization. Their great advantage is that they learn easily and quickly by intuitively showing what to do. You no longer need to write complex algorithms in complicated programming tools. As practice shows, already several dozen minutes of learning will allow everyone to program simple activities. In turn, a few hours of training will allow you to take advantage of the advanced functions of modern Cobots and connect them with machines or production lines. Cobots also create the opportunity to work safely with people. In the event of unplanned contact with people, Cobot will simply stop and withdraw. As a result, there is no need for him to build safety cages, and the plant takes up little space. These features make them a flexible tool even for short- and medium-series production in all production plants.
How to start with automation?
Technologies for automating and robotizing processes are becoming easier to implement. A great example are collaborative robots that can be programmed independently after an hour of training, can safely work next to a human handling operations on CNC machines, injection molding machines or production lines. However, this applies to simple applications. There is a second group of processes that are characterized by a high degree of complexity and expert knowledge. In these cases, the integrator’s knowledge is necessary and experience gained during similar applications is crucial. An integrator is necessary in the case of projects characterized by expert knowledge in the field of the complicated specificity of processes, e.g. welding or varnishing. I would also recommend using Integrator’s services for projects involving the supply, reconstruction or reconfiguration of machines / lines, which are comprehensive and complex operations that require knowledge and experience. Of course, there are companies with their own automation departments that can handle even complex applications with a high degree of complexity. For projects requiring only a robot with a gripper and programming a sequence of arm movements, the user is able to do the application on their own. To this end, training and implementation assistance are offered, so that at every stage the robot user can be sure that he implements the robot in a proper and effective way.
Collaborative robots break down development barriers
Automation of production based on cobots provides an easy, fast, precise and efficient tool to strengthen production processes, which returns after an average of 6 months. It is hard to find a better investment. I think that is the key to effective production in such applications as: machine support [CNC, presses, injection molding machines] and production lines, packaging, screwing, testing and control, palletizing, welding, polishing, gluing, painting and many others where the robotic arm precisely carries out its tasks for 24 hours. The collaborative robot is a response to the emerging barriers to the development of enterprises, even small and medium-sized enterprises of any production nature.