Today, an estimated 90% of manufacturing tasks still can’t be handled practically by traditional
industrial automation. Because of this, many companies have outsourced labor to low-cost regions. But as labor rates increase and availability decreases, manufacturers are struggling to find cost-effective ways of keeping up with demands.
With no safety cages, complex programming or costly integration required, not to mention the game-changing price point, the Sawyer and Baxter collaborative robots are raising eyebrows (and bottom lines) in plants of all sizes. Powered by the Intera platform, both Sawyer and Baxter are a technology that is continuously improving over time. Because collaborative robots are affordable and highly adaptable, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are eager to adopt this technology, with some analysts expecting this segment to see massive growth over the next few years. Here are a few reasons why they are an attractive solution:
Safe and Collaborative
As it stands now, industrial robots are far too dangerous to work outside of safety cages. Collaborative robots, known as cobots are designed to work alongside of workers, assisting them with a variety of tasks. They work hand-in-hand with workers in a shared workspace and support in accomplishing their day jobs easily, more efficiently, and with an overall decrease in injuries, especially repetitive motion injuries. Cobots like Sawyer and Baxter have vision and motion sensors installed that allows them to stop when they detect any sort of impact. This means they can work at full-speed without jeopardizing safety. They work like people work. They dynamically manage semi-structured environments and adapt to real-world conditions.
As a turnkey integrated solution, Sawyer and Baxter are trained easily, implemented quickly and redeployed as needed, without the added expense of an experienced robotic programmer. They use vision to locate and grasp objects, and you can program the robot to perform a new task simply by holding its arms and moving them to the desired position.
Achieve Quick ROI
While you can expect to pay around $125,000 for a traditional industrial robot, Baxter starts at a base price of just $25,000 and his brother Sawyer at $29,000. While it’s important to understand how your cobot will be used specifically in your business to calculate ROI, many companies are investing in robots to increase quality and productivity. And because many manufacturers have the need for repetitive tasks and multiple applications, it’s easy to re-assign the Sawyer and Baxter robots as needed. This makes it possible to achieve a positive ROI in a matter of months to just a couple of years.
For more information on how to get a collaborative robot for your business, contact one of our experienced engineers at Allied Automation. We will help you determine which cobot is best for your applications and show you how it can improve your bottom line.