What are the main components of a cobot application? The three main components of a cobot application are the robotic arm, end of arm tooling (end effectors) and the software.
Where can I purchase new components for my cobot? If you need additional end effectors or a new piece of software, you’ll find hundreds of options within the UR+ ecosystem.
Collaborative robots (cobots) are a cost-effective way to increase production and delivery time, optimize your processes and boost quality. But even though a cobot is much simpler and faster to set up and get working than a traditional industrial robot, there is still some preparation that needs to be done.
! QUICK GUIDE !
Whether robot implementation is helping you to overcome labor shortages and skills gaps or take your operations up a level, getting the implementation right is important. And while plant, technical, production managers and automation and process engineers are typically time-poor and very busy, it is essential to take the time to implement your new cobot properly. Without making sure it integrates into your existing setup, does what you need and preparing your work area, the process could be much more complicated and time-consuming than it needs to be.
Here's our quick guide to UR robot implementation.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COBOT FOR YOUR FACILITY
There are 2 primary characteristics that are involved when choosing a cobot. These are the maximum payload the cobot can carry and the working range of the cobot. These 2 questions are best answered by examining the process or application that you are looking to automate. How much weight is the cobot going to have to carry or move during the application? This includes the tooling or gripping mechanisms in addition to any part or goods being moved.
For the working range, how big an area is the cobot going to be working in? How far apart are the stations the cobot needs to tend to? How large a part does the cobot need to work around? This selection can be a bit more difficult to determine so the assistance of CAD layout tools may help ease the process.
! SETTING IT UP !
Once you are ready to go, it’s time to unbox your cobot and set it up. A key benefit of cobots is the relative simplicity of getting them up and running compared to other robotics solutions. Someone with automation engineering experience can get one of our cobots working and adding value to the business in under an hour. To get the best out of your cobot, the installation and configuration stage is crucial. Here is a high-level overview of a couple of things you need to consider.
The last thing you want is your cobot taking any unnecessary damage from your working environment so make sure to put the right protections in place. If your cobot is going to be working with corrosive materials such as cutting fluids that carry atomized material bits or corrosive coolants which can quickly degrade rubber seals, you should cover it with a protective suit.
We believe that collaborative robotic technology can be used to benefit all aspects of task-based businesses – no matter what their size.
We believe that the latest collaborative robot technology should be available to all businesses. The nominal investment cost is quickly recovered as our robotic arms have an average payback period of just six months.