Automation as an opportunity for everyone

Automation as an opportunity for everyone

The increasing automation of industrial production implies numerous advantages. First and foremost, workflows become more efficient and employees are relieved from strenuous tasks. Thus, automation adds value to the whole production process. The actual transformation, however, digs much deeper. 

 

With the steady rise of collaborative robotics, it will soon become commonplace for humans and robots to work hand in hand. Progressive developments in the field of sensitive automation are contributing to the fact that more and more activities can be profitably automated – for the benefit of all. As a result, working routines and job profiles are changing in the long run.

 

Cobots relieve employees

One of the biggest advantages of collaborating robots, so-called cobots, is that they provide enormous relief for employees.

 

They do so primarily by taking on repetitive, monotonous tasks. As a result, employees are free to concentrate on more complex and often more interesting activities. To give an example: Instead of assembling standard components all day long, an employee can be involved in the development of prototypes. Here their technical knowledge is urgently needed and applied in an efficient way. Besides, the automation of processes allows companies to deploy their employees in places, where they can develop their potential in a way more suitable to their actual needs. Thus, the professional development of the individual employee is supported.

Higher job satisfaction

At the same time, more demanding tasks increase job satisfaction among employees, which in turn has a positive effect on their motivation. On the one hand, this enhances their productivity and – even more important – ensures that employees enjoy coming to work and doing their job.

Relief from strenuous tasks

On the other hand, cobots also provide physical relief when they free workers from strenuous, wearing activities. This protects the employees‘ health, making their work noticeably more pleasant.

Easy to handle

Thanks to their uncomplicated handling, cobots are easily operated. Even without programming skills, workers learn to deal with them quickly.

 

 

Overall, automation is transforming the demands placed on people: In the future, production work will rather be a matter of monitoring and analysing processes than of executing operative tasks. For example, an employee no longer has to laboriously check the functionality of connectors: A robot takes over, while the worker merely has to ensure its correct adjustment, giving him time for more fulfilling activities.

 

 

Automation increases efficiency

 

 

OnRobot grippers are easy to install and can be deployed quickly. ©David KleinIn terms of process efficiency, the use of collaborative robot applications immediately contributes to a noticeable increase in performance.

 

This is mainly due to their short payback period: Collaborative applications are usually easy to install and quickly integrated into existing processes. OnRobot‘s RG2 and RG6 collaborative grippers for instance reduces deployment time by 30 percent compared to conventional gripping tools, as they are easy to program.

 

In addition, robots do not need any breaks and can therefore basically work around the clock. They do not even need light, which saves additional energy. As long as only enough raw materials are available, they can do their jobs.

 Robotics industry grows together

Finally, increasing automation is also changing the market for collaborative robotics itself: Robotics manufacturers now offer products that are compatible and complementary. In this way, they support each other in developing their potential and achieving the best possible result.

 

 

This is important because every robot is an overall installation.

  • A robot arm itself only becomes a functional automation solution when combined with the right end effector.
  • Equipped with a gripper, it can take on pick-and-place or packaging tasks, for example.
  • Combined with haptic sensors, more precise joining or assembly activities are also possible – e.g. circuit board assembly or surface finishing

 

Thanks to their integrated sensor technique, OnRobot grippers are able to do precise assembly and polishing tasks. ©David Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to their integrated sensor technique, OnRobot

grippers are able to do precise assembly and polishing

tasks. ©David Klein

 

Advances in sensitive automation are on their way – in this respect, OnRobot’s Gecko Gripper featuring a bio-inspired adhesive system or the RG2-FT gripper with its integrated force-torque-sensors might function as valuable examples. This shows, that the application scenarios for robotic solutions are constantly multiplying.

 

Let’s face it: Automation adds value

For companies, automation means greater safety and efficiency. By automating their processes, they become more flexible and can use their production capacities to the fullest. This makes them fit for international competition and increases their productivity.

 

For the individual employee this is associated with noticeable reliefs, because robots free him from monotonous, strenuous activities. This allows employees to apply their individual skills where they are actually needed – while at the same time realizing themselves to a certain extent.

 

The working world of tomorrow is therefore subjecting the increasing automation of work processes to fundamental change. However, there is no need to be afraid: We can actively shape the change that is about to happen. By recognizing the responsibly of dealing with this, the upcoming developments offer promising opportunities – not only for companies. Above all, the individual benefits from this, on several levels.

 

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.