Traditional robotic automation has always been expensive, time-consuming and cumbersome. It also requires extensive employee training and involves a learning curve that is usually discouraging to most employees. As a result, businesses rarely reap the benefits that come with automation.
However, this doesn’t always have to be the case.
Technological advances in the robotics industry have made it possible for almost any business to reap the benefits of automation without worrying about the extensive training, downtime and expenses that are usually associated with traditional systems. All that a business has to do is take advantage of collaborative robots (cobots).
The use of collaborative robots is especially suited to packaging and loading processes. Here are some of the ways a company can benefit from automating its packaging processes with cobots.
1. Reduced lifting injuries
Where packaging processes require the lifting of heavy products, there is always a risk of injury. Back and neck injuries are the most common in such cases.
To reduce these injuries, companies tend to educate employees on proper lifting techniques. They also provide safety gear that minimize the risks of these injuries. In spite of these efforts, lifting-related injuries usually occur.
Instead of worrying about injuries in the workplace, a company can simply install collaborative robots. These robots can handle the tasks that require heavy-lifting and any other repetitive tasks. And since these automated robots can work alongside human beings without any risk of injury, it will make the workplace an injury-free zone.
2. Increased packaging speeds
Human beings can only work at a given pace. They are also prone to losing focus and tend to require frequent breaks. While this is understandable, it is still time that is spent on activities that are not work-related.
Collaborative robots can work as fast as you need them to. They also don’t need any rest. Furthermore, they can work overnight. This makes them ideal when it comes to executing repetitive packaging tasks.
Therefore, they are perfect for companies that need to increase the rate at which their packaging processes are completed.
When compared to traditional automation systems, collaborative robots are easier to deploy. This is because these robots are advanced enough to such a point where little training is needed to have them executing most packaging tasks.
Since they are easy to deploy, they are usually preferred over traditional systems because they don’t subject a company to as much downtime as traditional systems. They help ensure that a company’s client aren’t inconvenienced for extended periods during the installation period. This is an advantage that comes in handy in helping a company maintain its good reputation.
When it comes to packaging, consistency is important. This is because a package is what creates the first impression. Therefore, inconsistencies in packaging can lead to doubts about the reliability of the quality control systems of a company. This can lead to a loss of customer confidence, something that may then have a negative impact on the reputation of a company.
Automating packaging processes is an easy way of guaranteeing consistency. This is something that can easily be achieved by using a cobot.
Collaborative robots are way more precise than human beings. Unlike human beings, they don’t make any mistakes and can do repetitive tasks without any loss of focus — due to boredom.
As a result, they can reduce wastage of packaging materials. They can also reduce the losses that occur due to accidents. This can end up saving a company a lot of money.
Most packaging tasks are simple and repetitive. While it may seem cheaper to have human beings execute these tasks, this is rarely the case in the long run. With time, the increased productivity, savings in accidental losses and benefits of standardized packages usually tip the scales in favor of automation. As a result, investing in collaborative robots is always worth every penny.