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Can A Cobot Help Your End-of-Line Operations?

Are you tired of dealing with labor problems in your packaging and palletizing area? Trust me, you’re not alone in this struggle. These tasks can become repetitive and even result in injuries from the same motions over and over again.
With the job market being so competitive, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to find people willing to take up these monotonous and physically demanding roles.

That’s why many companies are turning to automated solutions more than ever before. They’re seeking ways to tackle labor issues head-on and gain the flexibility to swiftly adapt to market demands. And guess what? Cobots might just be the answer to your end-of-line operations conundrum.
industry arm automation robot machine for using in manufacturing factory, production engineering, cobot Are you curious about how a cobot could revolutionize your workflow? Well, let’s explore a few key areas worth considering.

Where Cobots May Help You

Case Erecting

In the world of packaging, there are companies dealing with space constraints or peculiar box sizes that just don’t fit the mold for traditional case erectors. It’s a frustrating situation, but here’s where the magic of collaborative robots comes into play. They’re the perfect solution for erecting those unconventional cases because they offer flexibility like no other.
The beauty of using a cobot for case erecting is not only its adaptability but also how swiftly it can be implemented and programmed. When faced with changing box sizes, all it takes is a simple adjustment to the program, and voila! Your cobot is up and running again in a matter of minutes. No lengthy downtime, no hassle. Just seamless operations at their finest.

Case Packing

When it comes to low to medium volume production, many companies still rely on human workers to pack products into cases.

Space and flexibility are often top priorities in these situations, and that’s where collaborative robots can help. Unlike their counterparts, cobots don’t require safety fencing, which makes them incredibly appealing for such applications. You can save valuable space and have the flexibility you need without compromising on safety.

But that’s not all. The beauty of cobots lies in their simplicity when it comes to programming. It’s so easy that you can cross-train a variety of employees to operate the cobot. So, if someone unexpectedly calls in sick, no need to panic. Another team member can seamlessly step in and get the job done on time. It’s all about keeping things running smoothly and ensuring productivity remains uninterrupted.

With cobots in the picture, you can optimize your packing processes, make the most of available space, and have a reliable backup plan when unforeseen circumstances arise. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Palletizing

Stacking boxes all day long puts employees at risk of developing repetitive motion injuries. But here’s where a Collaborative robot palletizer comes to the rescue! It’s the ultimate solution to tackle this problem head-on.
These versatile robots take charge, leaving employees free to tackle more engaging and fulfilling roles within the facility. It’s a win-win situation that boosts productivity and job satisfaction simultaneously.

Not only does a Collaborative robot palletizer save employees from the perils of repetitive motion injuries, but it also allows manufacturers to optimize their workforce allocation. By redeploying employees to perform other important tasks in the facility, manufacturers can make the most efficient use of their skilled workforce, enhancing overall operational efficiency.

What About Palletizing Speed?

While speed can sometimes pose a challenge for cobots, the primary determining factor is finding the right balance between speed and load capacity. By considering the cobot’s capacity, you can effectively tackle the speed issue by employing a smart strategy of picking multiple products simultaneously.
For example, let’s say you have a conveyor line where boxes weighing four pounds each arrive at a rate of 16 boxes per minute. Instead of being limited by the cobot’s speed, you can potentially optimize the process by picking and palletizing four boxes at a time. This means that with each cycle, the cobot efficiently handles a larger quantity of boxes, significantly boosting overall palletizing throughput.
By intelligently leveraging the cobot’s capabilities and adjusting the picking strategy to match the load capacity, you can overcome any potential concerns about speed limitations. It’s all about finding the sweet spot between efficiency, load capacity, and maximizing the cobot’s potential in order to achieve optimal palletizing speed.

What About Company Size?

When it comes to company size, even large corporations encounter lower-rate production lines. Let’s take the example of a prominent food or beverage manufacturer. While they may boast multiple high-speed lines for their well-established products, they also have slower, manual lines dedicated to producing new or emerging products. The scenario is not unique to this industry alone; it applies across various sectors.
Every company faces labor issues. Whether you’re a large-scale operation or a smaller player in the industry, the struggle remains the same. The need to find reliable, efficient solutions to address labor concerns is universal.

Regardless of the size of your company, you’re not alone in seeking ways to overcome labor-related hurdles. The good news is that automation and robotics technologies, such as cobots, are becoming increasingly accessible and adaptable, offering a promising path forward for all manufacturers, regardless of their scale.

Let’s See What Cobots Can Do For You

If you’re interested in learning more how cobots can improve your end-of-line operations and overall workflow, our team of engineers and technicians at TW Automation is here to talk.
Contact us for new robotic integrations, as well as repair and maintenance, updates and upgrades, and even training! Select the option that best suits your needs.