The concept Industry 4.0 , first promoted by the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Germany, soon became synonymous with the future of the industry.
Essentially, Industry 4.0 refers to factories that have digitized their technologies, so that facilities and equipment can communicate with each other via the Internet. These technologies include networks, control systems, robots, 3D printers and autonomous vehicles.
At the heart of this revolution is machine-machine communication, which allows an unprecedented degree of automation and operational independence.
Kobots change the world
With global sales estimated to reach $ 12 billion, collaborative robots (kobots) will soon be the major growth engine of the automation solutions market, as more and more companies of all sizes, from a wide range of industry sectors, adopt this technology.
Since 2008, when Universal Robots has sold its first robot commercial model, the company has developed exponentially from one year to the next, selling over 17,000 robotic arms around the world. Nobel market is growing not only because they have low costs and are easy to install and operate, but also because they offer a number of key benefits.
According to the studies, collaboration between the operator and the robot increases productivity by 85% above the level that would be recorded if they would work independently. And this increase in productivity can be achieved almost on the first day.
With 15 built-in security features, a UR dredge can be installed and put to work safely alongside people to increase production (depending on the risk assessment) in an average time of only half a day.
2. Benefits for employees
Being designed to carry out monotonous, repetitive and tiring tasks, guys improve the work environment for employees, reducing their exposure to musculoskeletal disorders and potential workplace hazards. In turn, this amounts to fewer days of lost work for the company and a reduction in dead times of up to 85%.
The guys can be reprogrammed easily and quickly to switch from one operation to another in a production process, thus significantly reducing the time of production interruption and overall improving the profitability. For example, Atria, a Swedish food company, managed to reduce production interruptions from one product to another from 6 hours to 20 minutes.
The guinea pigs also provide the precision and accuracy necessary for manipulating fragile or complex materials in order to maintain the quality of the products constantly while increasing the volume of production. Another example is Aurolab, an Indian manufacturer of intraocular lenses and other ophthalmic supplies, which managed to increase production by 15% after installing UR guinea pigs in its production facilities.
4. Reducing the error rate and loss
The precision and accuracy of the guards results in a noticeable reduction in human errors and material losses in the production process. Human errors are possible even for simple and repetitive tasks.
Installing a dump at the critical points of the production process can thus mitigate this human risk, lead to optimizing the use of materials, and avoid costly product recalls.
In Romania, entrepreneurs want more robots
Managers and entrepreneurs in Romania are increasingly relying on automation and robotics solutions to increase production and lower costs, as the right employees find it increasingly difficult.
Thus, according to the study ” Automation in Romanian companies “, Conducted by iVox for Universal Robots, the market leader in the area of coboots, 34.7% of respondents said they intend to acquire new automation / robotization solutions for the company they work in the next 12 months.
The main reasons behind the desire to implement an automation solution are the need to reduce costs (54%) and increase production (44%).
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Technology of The Future – Romanian point of view