What are Collaborative Robot?
Cobot or collaborative robot are a type of robot intended to work alongside humans. Unlike other types of traditional robots that work in areas separate from humans, cobot can work closely with human workers. The utilization of sensors and software algorithms allows cobots to stop automatically during interference with humans and objects to prevent injuries and collisions.
Level of Cobot
Understanding the different levels of cobot is essential to ensure the manufacturing industry selects the best type of cobot for their factories. Below are the levels of cobots:
- Level 0 (Fenced robot cell), robots and humans work in a different places with no interaction
- Level 1 (Coexistence), robots and humans work in a different workspace without any physical barriers
- Level 2 (Synchronized), robots and humans share the same workspace with time-separated work
- Level 3 (Cooperation), robots and humans shared the workspace, and both can act simultaneously
- Level 4 (Collaboration), robots and humans work in the same workspace and assist each other
Cobots in Manufacturing Industry
Cobot in manufacturing industries is a growing trend since its first introduction in 2008. This is understandably so since cobot offer many advantages to the industry and their human resources.
Cobot can be used in almost all types of industry, especially ones that involve risky, dangerous, dirty, and dull work. It assists human workers to prevent accidents and gives them time to focus on a different aspect of the task.
Cobot are usually more flexible in terms of software and can be programmed to do various repetitive tasks. Cobot also have a lower chance to make mistakes compared to human workers. This is due to the robots’ easy setup and efficient training time. With their smaller size, cobot are far more mobile compared to traditional robot and can be easily wheeled from one workstation to another.
With regard to market growth, cobot have been one of the most impressive sectors of the robotics industry. The International Federation of Robotics reported that the number of industrial robot operating worldwide increased up to 85% during the last five years (2014-2019) with estimated growth at an annual rate of 40% and Interact Analysis forecasts that annual cobot revenues will reach $1.94 billion in 2028, accounting for 15.7% of the total robot market.
The use of robotic technology in the form of cobots in Indonesia has shown positive results for manufacturers and at the same time aid the government to achieve its vision of Industry 4.0. But in reality, the use of cobot in Indonesia is fairly limited. Data from Universal Robots (UR), a Denmark-based cobot technology in 2019, shows that Indonesia has 440 industrial manufacturing robots for every 10,000 employees.
How Cobot Can Enhance Human Resource Skills
While some people may voice their concern about cobot taking over the job market, this is not true. The presence of cobot actually enhances human resource skills in many ways.
- Workers need to adapt to this new challenge by leveraging technology and tool skill. This can be done individually or through the company training system.
- New challenge requires a new position to handle different responsibilities, including technology consultants, robot integrators, IT systems, and more.
In short, the availability of collaborative robot requires better human resources skills. It is up to the manufacturers to run a comprehensive analysis of their need for cobot, the type of cobot that match the requirement, how to implement it, and how to prepare suited human resources for the tasks either through training or recruitment.
Suryacipta Industrial Park , world class industrial estate in Karawang and Subang West Java, stands as a testament to this groundbreaking solution, showcasing how collaborative robot seamlessly collaborate with human workers, amplifying productivity, efficiency, and safety. By harnessing the strengths of both humans and machines, cobots not only bridge the skills gap but also pave the way for a future where humans and robots work harmoniously. In this era of manufacturing, cobots undoubtedly hold the key to unlocking the true potential of human resources and propelling the industry to new heights.