7 reasons why you should invest in a collaborative robot

7 reasons why you should invest in a collaborative robot

What is a Cobot?

A contraction of the words “collaborative” and “robot”, a cobot is a robot specifically designed to work together with humans, which is in stark contrast to the traditional stationary industrial robots that work separately and in isolation from human contact.

They are equipped with sensors and force and power limiting safety features that make collaboration between robot and human possible. This type of collaboration makes the production process shorter, increases productivity, reduces the defect rate and supports the employees in their work making them more efficient and valuable instead of replacing them.

In the manufacturing industry, productivity is the key to success. And the more productivity can be increased, the more profitable the business becomes. In recent years, more and more have chosen to implement cobots or collaborative robots, as the term covers.

Here are the 7 reasons why you should consider investing in a cobot yourself:

A cobot is easy to program

Many newer cobot models are designed to be user friendly and easy to program, eliminating the need for an engineer to implement it. Some even have hand guiding features where the cobot literally learns by example while being guided through the sequence of movements needed to do the task it is being programed for.

A cobot can be set up in short time

The longer it takes to set up automation the more expensive the initial investment gets. High costs of staff training, production stops and having to hire external service providers can quickly increase the time it takes to see the return on investment. These issues can prove to be highly problematic for small and medium-sized companies.

Collaborative robots are designed with short deployment time in mind and come with out-of-the-box functionality. The latest models can be set up in less than 30 minutes due to pre-programing software that enables the user to install the robot themselves.

Furthermore, the flexibility that comes with the short redeployment of the cobot increases productivity and ROI.

A cobot can be used for different applications
One of the main selling points for cobots is their flexibility. Programming a cobot for a new task is simple and an external service worker is not necessary. This introduces a versatility into the production line and the cobot can easily be set up doing a sequence of different tasks in the same day or have designated days for certain tasks.

Cobots can easily be integrated into agile systems since they allow the staff to quickly respond to design changes and redeploy the cobot accordingly.

The cobots currently on the market can fill many roles that are usually divided into service and industrial. Service cobots are used for providing information in public spaces, transporting goods or providing security. Industrial cobots have several applications including but not limited to pick and place, packaging and palletizing, assembly, machine tending, surface finishing and quality testing and inspection.

A cobot is more consistent and accurate than a human
Robots never tire, making them more consistent and accurate workers than their human counterparts. This makes them especially suitable for monotonous tasks, as they can perform simple action repeatedly without their work quality diminishing. Cobots perform the same task with the same power as long as you need them to.

A cobot has a positive impact on the employees
The common worry of workers in manufacturing is that they will be replaced by machines that are faster, more precise and never tire.  Truth is that this scenario is highly unlikely. Especially within companies with high mix and low volume production as traditional industrial machines commonly in use have high costs and low flexibility.

This opens the door to what is now being called the fourth industrial revolution.

Information technology is used for smart manufacturing, placing the human workforce and collaborative robots side by side, with no need to reduce the size of the staff. The workers are not replaced by machines. Instead, by using cobots, the worker is spared of repetitive processes and his time is freed so it can be used for more complex processes thus improving the day-to-day experience of the workers.

Cobots support the human staff, taking over tasks that are dangerous, dirty and dull creating a safer and more enjoyable workspace.

A cobot increases productivity and optimizes processes
The cobot takes over processes where a human worker would have trouble keeping focus or keep the performance at a consistent level over a long period of time. Here we talk about monotonous tasks or tasks that require the worker to hold an unergonomic position.

Their precision reduces failure and product defect possibility to almost zero.

Changing the tasks the cobot is intended to perform is fast, which helps the workers optimize the production line and cut costs, while keeping the high standards of product quality.

A cobot has a fast payback period
Cobots cost less than industrial robots and depending on which application it is used for and for how long, can potentially earn back the investment in as few as 200-300 days. 

Privacy Policy for processing and protecting personal data

This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

Website and Cookie

  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

  • According to the Cookie Act, OnRobot must have the user’s consent to use this software on the user’s equipment. On The company’s intranet or similar closed group, the rules in the E-data protection directive do not apply.

Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

Rights                                                                      

OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.


 

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