Should You Employ a Cobot?
Collaborative robots can often take on repetitive tasks, freeing up skilled operators to focus on more-complex tasks. âA robot never gets sick, never gets tired, yet is flexible enough to be moved around a manufacturing plant based on plant demand,â Daniel Atherton-Moore, technical supporter, Universal Robots, told MD+DI. At MD&M Minneapolis on October 31, Atherton-Moore will share how medical device companies can transform their manufacturing with such cobots in âWorking Together with Humans: Deploying Collaborative Robots to Improve Manufacturing Operations.â Cobots are already being put to use in medical device manufacturing. âAs cleanroom-rated devices (ISO 5 for the robot arm) with 50 micron repeatability, our arms are suitable for use in RABS units, on aseptic device production lines, and for manipulating quality inspection cameras,â he said. âMany also get used on medical production lines that have more in common with traditional manufacturing, like Swiss Lathes and other kinds of machine tending operations.â Atherton-Moore believes that there is always a place for collaborative robotics, even in traditionally manual processes. âThey can delicately sense the meshing of intricate parts and apply a bit of basic machine logic to ensure parts fit together properly,â he said. âSo...
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