4 Commons Arguments Against Automating with Cobots

There are a number of misconceptions around using Cobots in manufacturing to automate processes. A key issue is that Cobots would be deployed to replace human workers and could lead to job losses. There is also a concern that programming and operating a Cobot is complicated and requires a high level of training and skill. In this blog, Handling Concepts will discuss the four most common objections and help to dispel the myths around using Cobots in the workplace.

1. ‘It is too expensive’

Cost is often the first perceived barrier, and it is true that early industrial robots were expensive. However, as the technology has advanced, and Collaborative Robots “Cobots” have emerged, they offer a simpler option that is less costly than earlier models. Cobots are increasingly accessible and an efficient option for atomising industrial processes without breaking the budget. Overall, atomisation using Cobots offers increased productivity, and reduces the risk of injury and damage, so the cost of deploying them is quickly recovered and enhanced productivity results in additional profits from increased product through put.

2. ‘It will replace staff’

Introducing robotisation often leads to fears of company reorganisation and staff reductions. Industrial Robots require guarding to ensure safety but by isolating the device and keeping humans away, it can lead to assumptions that people are being phased out of an operation. But Cobots are designed to work alongside human operators. They are deployed to support staff by taking on dangerous, dirty or mundane tasks and enables their human colleagues to upskill to more interesting and rewarding tasks that require a human touch. There are many applications where they can support. For example, a Cobot can work alongside a CNC machinist to help change over tooling and materials. Here, workers can work safely with a Cobot by collaborating and moving in the same workspace. However, it is also true that where there is a shortage of labour willing to take up low skilled repetitive tasks, Cobots can provide a robust, cost-effective alternative to humans.

3. ‘Things have been going well for years’

Change is always a challenge, especially where your production facility has worked well using tried and tested methods. Your operators may resist the introduction of new technologies to replace or support an existing process because they feel reassured by the current status quo. Involve your team and educate them to the benefits of adopting an automated solution. Demonstrating how Cobots will lead to greater productivity will enable you to overcome resistance and achieve buy in from your staff.   

4. ‘We do not have the right knowledge at hand.’

Coding and programming traditional industrial robots require specialist knowledge and skills to enable the device to perform the desired movements. This has led to a belief that deploying robotics is too difficult and adopting the technology has been avoided or rejected across organisations. However, the new generation of Cobots contain user friendly software and can be simply programmed to carry out movements and tasks quickly and easily.

The DOBOT CR Collaborative Robot series has motion capture technology. This enables you to position the robot arm and capture the movements required to be replicated. A Cobot will not tire, it will perform the same task repeatedly for any period required. It enables you to achieve consistent, accurate results and will speed up your operational effectiveness and keep your delivery schedules on track.

Learn More About Cobots

To learn more about how Cobots can support your business and for more detailed information about successful deployment of automation, contact Handling Concepts today. You can access the knowledge of dedicated engineers and discuss your requirements and to identify how Cobots can merge with your team to deliver a safer, more efficient and productive operation.

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