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A cobot or collaborative robot is a robot intended for direct human-robot interaction within a shared space or where humans and robots are in proximity. Cobots are much smaller and easily deployed in a wide range of manufacturing industries as compared to other machines.

There are four types of cobot in the market today.

  1. Power and Force Limiting cobots – They are designed specifically to sense contact with people and cease operation, eliminating the need for safety barriers. They are best suited for smaller applications
  2. Safety Rated + Monitored Stop Cobots – they detect when a person has entered a designated area and stop operating until the person leaves that shared workspace, eliminating the need to have to restart a robot with the push of a button. Once the person leaves, the robot automatically continues its task. These are generally used when there’s not as much interaction between a person and a robot.
  3. Speed and Separation Cobots –  more simply referred to as “fenceless” cobots – work well when there is not much interaction with a person, but a person needs easy access to the robot.  Safety laser area scanners are commonly used to set up zones near the robot’s workspace.  When a person approaches the robot, its movements slow down, and then stop if that person gets within reach of the robot’s workspace
  4. Hand Guiding Cobots – have a safety rated device attached to the end of the robot’s arm to allow a person to manually guide or move the robot around.  Hand guidance is often used to quickly and easily program new robot paths and positions by hand.

 

Cobots globally – and particularly in Denmark – are Booming and adoption is expected to rise: The Cobot market is expected to grow to a total value of almost $12B in 2030 according to ABI Research.

  • The Danish robotics industry is currently booming 8,500 people now work for Danish robotics companies, 3,900 of them in and around Odense
  • Danish robotics companies’ total revenue rose by 18 percent in 2018, reaching $995M million with exports increasing 26 percent.

They used hand in hand with the employees. These machines are used for fulfilling repetitive or injury-prone tasks such as machine tending or palletizing while the human worker performs a high-value manual labor.

Our system average price is 450,000 DKK / 60,510.28 Euro but advanced programming will increase this fee.

Cobots can be programmed by a technology partner, like Automate Partner to help ease the pain of integration within your business.

As part of this process, we will take full responsibility for the design and implementation of the cobot. This includes a simulation of how collaborative robots can be used specifically within your business and production processes.

We will then assess and analyse your production processes to recommend a cobot solution that balances your wishes and production needs.

Next, we will implement and maintain your cobots at the same time as providing ongoing support included any reprogramming or changes you need to make to your cobot design.  The great thing about cobots is that they can work 24-hours a day, 7-days a week—for years and years when properly maintained.

Finally, your cobot will probably need programming edits over the years as your production changes.  Having a partner on hand to adapt your production makes sense, particularly for small manufacturing companies that lack the know-how and internal resources to do this.

It would usually take 1 to 2 years based on our experience. However, to determine the expected ROI of your collaborative robot, there are many variables that you need to take into considerations. These are the costs related to Training, reorganizing your work place, installation downtime, cost of cobots, cobots number of shifts or hours into work which will also affect the longevity of your cobots. You also need to factor in the possibility of hiring new staff as it could be a challenge for manufacturers to retain existing employees for repetitive tasks.

 

The high ROI (Return of Investment) obtained by the organizations for deployment of the cobots worldwide, less complicated programming processes, cost effectiveness, and enhanced product quality are proliferating the market growth extensively. Palletizing Robot Market has witnessed a growth from USD million from 2017 to 2022 with a highest CAGR is estimated to reach USD in 2029.

The average costs including programming, set up and installation is from 345.965,28 dkk to 432.456,60 dkk (60.5k euros)

Implementation of the cobots involves Choosing the right cobot for your facility, preparing your workspace, setting up the cobots, payload configuration, environmental protection and ofcourse, motion programming.

 

The 2 main factor you need to consider in choosing the right facility for your cobots is to determine how far apart it is and the weight of things it needs to carry. Once you have determined that, you will need to make sure that your workspace is ready. You want to be sure that you have the proper measures in place to allow humans and cobots to collaborate safely and effectively. After your facility and workspace is ready, you can unbox and set up your cobot. The installation and configuration stage are crucial to get the best of your cobot. It is important that your cobot is set up to handle its right kind of payload to ensure you and your employee are not at risk of unsafe movements and lots of interruption. Ensure that your cobot is not taking unnecessary damage from your working environment so make sure to put the right protections in place.

 

Very little to no maintenance is needed. Usually not the robot but more on accessories like grippers and suction cups for vacuums

About 4 years if it is running 24/7 non-stop. But you should expect a minimum of 10 years without any problem. No robot that runs for 24/7 because of the way they operate – moves and stand still and wait for something or maybe they are only running 1 or 2 shifts or maybe during the weekend only.

It really depends on a co-bot reach.  A cobots  reach is typically a range from 500 mm up to 1700mm.

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