How familiar are you with the cobots of Universal Robots? There are a few incorrect assumptions about these cobots. We debunk five myths about cobots.
Myth 1: Universal Robots are dangerous to work with
The most important characteristic of Universal Robots is that it is safe to work with. The cobots of Universal Robots do have in-build safety functions. If the employee get in touch with the Universal Robot during production, the safety-stop will be activated. Universal Robots’ e-Series cobot line has 17 safety functions certified by TÜV Nord. This is in compliance with EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 10218-1 machinery safety standards for unobstructed human-robot collaboration.
Furthermore, it’s also possible to set up safety boundaries. This way you’ll learn the cobot not to pass specific zones. For example the side where the employer stands.
In short; a Universal Robot is really safe to work with. Despite the risk assessment, most of the Universal Robots are used without any cages.
Myth 2: Universal Robots replace jobs
One of the most frequent heard myths is that robots/cobots are replacing jobs. The opposite is true, they create jobs! The repetitive and heavy task are done by the cobots, so employer can do tasks what people can do best. Human skill, critical thinking, decision-making and creativity cannot be replaced by machines. This means there is a shift in activities.
- Just 10% of the jobs can be replaced by automation
- 52% of the CEO’s is planning to extend the workforce despite the growth in automation.
- The productivity with cobots increases with 50% without any jobs lost.
Myth 3: it’s a hassle to implement and maintain cobots
Despite to some robots, cobots are really easy to implement, operate and maintain. And, because they’re compact and lightweight, there is no need to change the production layout when switching the cobot between tasks. They’re easily programmed or re-deployed and require minimal maintenance.