A recent research by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) estimates that downtime can affect a company’s production costs with values ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 per year.
It therefore becomes a matter of great interest to understand how new technologies can intervene to reduce these times, with consequent savings on industrial production costs.
One way to reduce the risk of downtime is to introduce smart technologies into production areas, automated equipment that can increase:
Today, a possible answer is given by the introduction of the Cobots, also called co-robots or collaborative robots. Thanks to these intelligent machines, able to interact and collaborates with human employees within a single shared workspace, it is possible to improve machine maintenance.
In fact, with their use, machinery failures are reduced, representing a significant amount of total costs for producers, preventing production, delaying orders and increasing labor costs.
The use of cobots also makes it possible to optimize production areas that are slow or inefficient. Moreover, being quickly reprogrammable, their use increases the flexibility. In fact, manufacturers can react quickly to any drop in production and find a solution, reducing downtime on the spot.
But not only. Collaborative robots are built to complete complex tasks normally performed by humans to increase accuracy and speed up processes. As a result, they can be used to complete intricate maintenance tasks in dangerous environments (i.e. in the event of excessive overheating of a machine).
In the future it may be possible to program a cobot to complete maintenance tasks independently. Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable robots to learn at work and make their own decisions. One can therefore expect a future in which robots can be repaired by themselves.