In this interview with OnRobot, Sales and Applications Engineer Wameq Kazemi from Freise Automation shares his views on the future for collaborative robot applications after COVID-19.

For Wameq Kazemi, there is no doubt COVID-19 will have a big impact on the use of collaborative robot applications in the future.

“In the short term, I believe it is currently possible to minimize the risk of infection in production facilities by using collaborative robot applications in order to maintain certain standards due to short-time work and to be able to complete the orders.”

 “In the long term, I am firmly convinced that collaborative robot applications will be indispensable in the future in almost every industry, regardless of size. Since the corona crisis, at the latest, everyone has been aware that automation is a kind of safeguard. And the fact is that collaborative robots are crisis-proof and immune to viruses and diseases.”


Operation without risk of infection

As examples on industries where collaborative applications have enormous potential right now, Wameq Kazemi mentions the food industry and medical industry.

“In the food industry, special grippers for food such as the OnRobot’s Soft Gripper and automation solutions make it possible for start-up stations to be operated without the risk of infection for the specialist staff. In the care sector, I believe a lot will happen because the corresponding grippers and peripherals already exist.”


Potentials in many processes

Across industries, Wameq Kazemi believes the working processes that have the biggest potentials for collaborative robot applications are the ones which are currently performed manually and are monotonous or repetitive.

“That could be pick and place, palletizing, dispensing, machine tending, screwing, and assembling. Also, collaborative robot applications can do work steps that serve to qualitatively secure the production parameters, for example in order to reduce rejects.”


Quick and easy to install

Besides the multitude of applications, Wameq Kazemi emphasizes that a big advantage of collaborative robot applications is that many of them are easy and quick to deploy.

“If you target simple applications with a manageable complexity, the implementation can take only 1-2 days. For example, our HANWHA HCR collaborative robots require no previous knowledge in robotics or programming, and accordingly the systems are accessible and usable for everyone.”


Automation gets more important

Looking forward, Wameq Kazemi expects an increasing use of automation in both smaller and larger companies. 

“The current pandemic will make collaborative robot and automation even more important, and companies will definitely start to invest more and increase the level of automation. Also, those who have relied on collaborative robots before the beginning of the crisis, currently have fewer problems.”

There is a multitude of applications, and collaborative robots become increasingly more secure and versatile in their application. Nothing is impossible anymore.”


5 important tips to manufacturers

For manufacturers about to deploy a collaborative application, Wameq Kazemi has 5 important tips:

  1. Find the easiest application to get started
  2. Keep the complexity manageable
  3. The less human traffic, the less risk = the more reliable the process and the smaller the safety concept
  4. Provide a clean component feed and positioning
  5. Always do a risk assessment and get the application CE-certified 




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.


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


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.


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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