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Collaborative robots (cobots) work alongside humans on the factory floor to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety. However, factories can make several mistakes when putting cobots on a manufacturing floor, leading to suboptimal performance, safety issues and other problems.
Some of these mistakes include the following:
1. Failure to conduct a thorough risk assessment
Before deploying cobots on the factory floor, it is essential to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify potential hazards and develop appropriate safety measures to mitigate these risks. Failure to conduct a thorough risk assessment can lead to accidents, injuries or fatalities.
2. Inadequate employee training
Cobots require specialized training to operate and maintain them. Failing to provide adequate employee training can result in poor performance, damage to equipment and safety hazards.
3. Inadequate programming and integration
Cobots must be programmed appropriately and integrated with other machinery and systems on the factory floor to ensure smooth operation. Failure to do so can lead to inefficient production processes and increased downtime.
4. Overreliance on cobots
While cobots can improve efficiency, they do not replace human workers. Relying on cobots too much can lead to reduced flexibility and decreased innovation in the workplace.
5. Failure to properly maintain cobots
Like any equipment, cobots require regular maintenance to function correctly. Failure to properly care for cobots can lead to breakdowns, reduced performance and safety hazards.
Putting cobots on a factory floor requires careful planning, training and execution to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
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