Robots have always struggled to match human touch. But, recent advances in sensor technology now enable the machines to process the sensitive forces needed for delicate assembly tasks, such as placing, inserting and tightening parts.
Tacoma, Washington-based Tool Gauge manufactures precision metal and plastic components and assemblies for the aerospace industry. With long-term customer contracts that can't be renegotiated, Tool Gauge turned to automation to help mitigate and contain staffing costs in a tight labor market.
Nine UR10 collaborative robots deployed at the manufacturer’s plant in Hamilton, Ohio, have opened new avenues of growth for the company manufacturing high-tech suspension solutions for the automotive industry.
With the continued growth of collaborative robots’ usage, more and more industries are looking towards cobots to improve production and help resolve labor shortage. Cobots offer flexibility which can be applied to a wide range of applications and be deployed with varying levels of automation expertise.
Soft Robotics Inc. has introduced a new version of its mGrip soft gripper technology for collaborative robots. Called coDrive, the gripper has its own control logic and an independent air source, so the device can be used in applications without the need to be tethered to source of pressurized air.
Two primary challenges facing manufacturers today are their inability to fill open positions, and the immense costs associated with workplace injuries. These factors add up to one conclusion, amidst a labor shortage that is constricting the availability of skilled workers: on-the-job injuries place a heavy toll on manufacturers.
Creating Revolutions, a startup from Miami, FL, was experiencing double-digit product reject rates in the assembly of their hospitality service pager. Our UR3 cobot now handles soldering, drilling, silicone dispensing and light assembly while being controlled and monitored in a cloud-connected system, reducing rejects to near zero while increasing production efficiency.
On Demand The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on all industries, with manufacturing being hit particularly hard. As the industry restarts operations following shutdown, leaders struggle to create the “new normal.” Experts cite automation and technology as two key factors in helping companies succeed going forward. Leading the automation pack are collaborative robots or “cobots” – robots that are safe, easy to program and cost-effective.