Why a National Cobot Day?
The (still) small percentage of cobots in the total robot market is largely due to unfamiliarity: 90% of the market is not aware of the potential of collaborative robots for their business. We are trying to change this.
A few figures
The IFR (International Federation of Robotics) has written in the World Robotics Report 2018 that in 2017 the number of industrial robots sold worldwide increased by 29% compared to 2016. The expectation is that more than 3 million robots per year will be deployed in 2020. At the moment, only 5% of that total robot sale consists of cobots. But the demand for cobots is expected to increase by more than 50% in the coming decade, as around 30% of all new robot implementations are being implemented with cobots this year.
Control over delivery times and quality
In many of the industries, manufacturers are faced with an increasing demand for customized, individualized products, for the low unit costs that exist in mass production. This development is visible in the car industry, with car manufacturers offering an enormous amount of 'niche' products, but also in the electronics industry, the metal industry and increasingly in commodities such as clothing, shoes, furniture and other products. This has led to 'mass customization', the use of computer-controlled fabrication, in which cobots play a major role. Cobots make reshoring - bringing home production work from low-wage countries - possible. Single piece or small productions, just-in-time for the price of serial production, without a 6-week waiting period for the boat from China. With this, manufacturers maintain control over delivery times and quality.
Also accessible for SMEs in the manufacturing industry
The low threshold for acceptance in terms of costs means that small to medium-sized organizations in the manufacturing industry can benefit from this new technology. With this new ability to scale automation, smaller manufacturers can now compete with competing factories in developing countries with significantly lower production costs.
Because cobots are almost plug and play (easily programmable by every employee) and can be deployed very flexibly, they are a new path to productivity growth, whereby robots supplement staff rather than replace them. In addition to low costs and high flexibility, there are many reasons for choosing a cobot: they are suitable to tackle ergonomically challenging tasks, to work with people in small assembly lines, they are affordable and easily trainable and can be used to physically take on burdensome, repetitive and boring tasks.
Developments around grippers, sensors and computing power are also moving fast and prices are continuing to fall. As a result, prices for complete cobot systems are also falling.
Be part of Industry 4.0, where the cobot is seen as the catalyst!