Collaborative Robotics: Focus on the application

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Collaborative Robotics: Focus on the application

Each robot must be considered as an overall installation. Only as such can it add sustainable value for the end user.

 

The introduction of collaborative robotics into today’s production environments is tantamount to a technological paradigm shift. Processes as we knew them are changing sustainably. Where humans and robots used to be separated by safety fences, they work side by side today. Robots take on tasks that are monotonous and repetitive, so that employees can devote themselves to more demanding activities.

 

Due to their flexibility, collaborating lightweight robots – so-called cobots – can be used in a wide variety of industries and application areas. This is due to the numerous advantages they offer, such as

  • safety when working alongside people
  • uncomplicated handling and fast commissioning, with no specialist knowledge required
  • fast amortisation, making an introduction even feasible for small and medium-sized enterprises

 

It is therefore hardly surprising that the demand for collaborative robots is currently rising massively.

 

Cobots: only functional as a complete solution

Cobots are functionally flexible and cover a wide range of tasks. However, the robot arm itself only gains its operational capability from the addition of applications. This idea can be illustrated by the example of the smartphone: The device itself is useless and has no function – only with apps installed can the user make phone calls, answer e-mails or surf the Internet.

 

The same applies to automation solutions: A robot arm alone is not providing any help. Only when end effectors, grippers or sensors are mounted can it accomplish tasks. And only then does it offer added value – the right combination of peripherals is decisive.

 

This insight should determine how we view the topic in the future, because regarding the changing environment, collaborative robotics will soon become an integral part of our working world.

 

End effectors determine the scope
Collaborative Robotics: Focus on the application

Eventually, it is the end effector that adds value to the application. © David Klein

Only if the right technology is used in the right place can robots provide effective relief in the networked production process.

 

The combination of lightweight robot arm and gripper alone is traditionally particularly suitable for pick-and-place or packaging tasks. In combination with other tools, however, their usability increases considerably.

 

In order for a gripper to acquire the necessary sense of touch to perform precision tasks, it must be equipped with the appropriate sensors. They provide the necessary sensitivity. Installed between robot arm and end effector, they enable robots to perform highly complex tasks for which sensitivity is required, even today.

 

And the development continues: Gecko grippers, for example, use an adhesive system modeled on gecko feet. They can handle flat, highly sensitive and porous surfaces even better without damaging them. This will further enhance the usability of collaborative robotics.

 

While a robot arm is of little help on its own, grippers and sensors expand it for a functional and individually tailored automation solution: Each robot is an overall installation.

 

Only as such can it deliver on the promises of successful human-robot collaboration: easy operability, cost efficiency and security – in the immediate vicinity of employees.

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The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

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  • Applicants

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

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

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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.

 

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  • 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.

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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.

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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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