Collaborative Robots (“cobots”) have levelled the playing field for small and mid-sized manufacturers. For decades, large manufacturers have had the advantage of automation, using traditional industrial robots. But these large, expensive, and complex robots are designed for high volumes and unchanging production processes—unlike the low-volume/high-mix production that is typical for smaller manufacturers.
Collaborative automation has become a versatile, cost-effective, and user-friendly technology that allows businesses of almost any size (and any level of technical expertise) to increase productivity, improve quality, and respond more nimbly to changing customer demands.
Universal Collaborative Robots (Cobots)
Universal Robots has developed a range of highly specialised, flexible, low-cost collaborative robots that can be used in almost any industry where traditional robots are too large, expensive, noisy or inflexible. Olympus Technologies worked with Universal Robots for 8 years and have helped customers to automate handling, coating, pick and place and gluing applications, amongst others, across a wide range of sectors.
Due to their unique design, Universal Robots do not necessarily require safety guarding (subject to your own application risk assessment), and hence they can work collaboratively alongside humans.
The Universal Collaborative Robot arm is much more compact than most other robots making it ideal for applications where access is restricted such as machine tending. With +/- 360 degrees rotation on all axes, it is also incredibly flexible.
Olympus Technologies Integrating Universal Robots
Bespoke Collaborative Robot Projects
Olympus Technologies has been designing and installing custom robotic cells using Universal Robots for over 8 years. In that time we have provided robotic solutions for a variety of different applications including welding, gluing, drilling, machine tending, palletising, handling, painting and de-burring.
If you think that you have an application that could benefit from a cobot from Universal Robot or a collaborative OnRobot end-effector please contact Olympus Technologies here