Use a Robot....but Why?

Consider these Statements from one of our Automotive Manufacturing Customers

  • When the Job is Dirty, Dumb or Dangerous - use a robot
  • When the Job needs Extreme Repeatability or Accuracy - use a robot
  • When you Need to Avoid Human Injuries such as Ergonomic Issues - use a robot

Universal Robots have been deployed in a number of areas for one of our major automotive customers.  Their applications include:

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  • Sunroof installation
  • Glass gluing
  • Sharkfin gluing
  • Glass installation
  • Door lifting
  • Engine marriage

 

 

 

 

But will Robots Eliminate Jobs?

Jobs are lost because of poorly designed products, poor quality, and poor management decisions. The best way to protect jobs is to remain competitive and to leverage your strengths. When robots are properly applied, they ensure the healthy longevity of the employees and allow them to focus on quality and continuous improvement.  The strength of a robot is repeatable precision.  The strength of a human is the power to think, prove and solve problems plus define the future.

So, How Hard are they to Program?

No programming experience required.  If you can maneuver your way around a smart phone, then the Universal Robots will be a cinch! With UR's Teach Pendant, programming these arms is simple. Patented technology lets operators with no programming experience quickly set up and operate this robot with intuitive, 3D visualization.  Simply move the robot arm to desired waypoints or touch the arrow keys on the easy-to-use touchscreen tablet.  Its innovative user-friendly graphical interface makes it easier than ever - be up and running with your application within the hour!  

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What about Deployment?

These arms are lightweight and are easily deployed on the factory floor.  Move them from one job to another - they're really just that easy.  Re-deploy to multiple applications without changing your production layout.  Moving the robot to new processes is fast and easy, giving you the ability to automate almost any manual task, including those with small batches or fast change-overs. The robot is able to re-use programs for recurrent tasks.

Are they Really Safe?

Yes! Eighty percent of the thousands of UR robots worldwide operate with no safety guarding (after risk assessment), right beside human operators. Now you can replace human operators in dirty, dangerous and dull jobs to reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries.  The safety system is approved and certified by TUV - the German Technical Inspection System.

What are Typical UR Applications?

We are seeing new applications every day - it's only limited by your imagination! But typical industrial applications include:

  • Pick & Place
  • Assembly
  • Injection Moulding
  • Quality Inspection / Machine Vision
  • Machine Tending
  • CNC
  • Lab Analysis & Testing
  • Packaging and Palletizing
  • Gluing & Welding

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These robots are changing the manufacturing landscape because they are easy to program, collaborative and safe, quick to set-up,  flexible to deploy, and has the fastest payback in the industry. Don't miss out!

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Steve has been with Cross Company's Motion Solutions Group for 27 years. He's worked on projects from the design & testing of the Space Shuttle at NASA to getting peanut butter in the middle of a chocolate cup and everything imaginable in between!

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