GE Lighting has been in business for over 60 years. They started out making street light fixtures back in 1955. In the last few years, they have introduced LED lighting fixtures. Since it’s not a matter of ‘if’ people will transition to LED fixtures, it’s a matter of ‘when’ they will emerge ahead of the game. To keep up with the rising demand, GE wants to increase their volume to five times what it is today.
With such a huge challenge, GE needed to find a solution to help their current employees in production. They required a robotics system that could perform a variety of automated tasks, while maintaining a safe working environment for their employees. Enter Sawyer; boosting production of its products like the Roadway Lighting Solutions by helping automate tasks. GE’s street lighting solutions are helping towns across America save money, while also increasing energy efficiency.
A collaborative robot like Sawyer is not only science fiction come to life, but also a great strategy for manufacturers. It takes repetitive tasks that their operators do every day and automates them. By doing this, you’re not only boosting production but also protecting your employees. The manufacturer’s challenge is getting their operators on the floor accustomed to the cobots.
We built Sawyer to work, behave and think like us. Understandably, this scares people. The big fear is that cobots will replace people’s jobs. Cobots, like Sawyer, are built to assist and collaborate with humans, unlike the robots we see in movies. In fact, Sawyer is more like a surgeon’s tool that assists them in performing their jobs in the safest and most efficient way possible.
We want employees to have access to whatever tool they need at their fingertips. With cobots, like Sawyer, that is possible. We don’t believe you can build a product without people, but you can help them in their tasks. Here are some of the benefits that Sawyer brings to companies transitioning to a new age of manufacturing.
Historically, the time, cost and ability required to program a robot has been too significant to justify their use in the majority of manufacturing applications. Sawyer takes little-to-no instruction for you to intuitively train, which enables non-engineering staff to train meaningful tasks with little instruction.
No Safety Cages
A comprehensive safety system is one of Sawyer’s best features. This allows for working without barriers, and in close proximity to people, in a production environment. With no risk of accidental injury, Sawyer can live up to it’s name and collaborate with workers.
Works Intelligently and Safely
Designed and programmed to perform a wide range of tasks and exhibit behavior-based “common sense”, Sawyer is capable of sensing and adapting to it’s environment. As the cobot performs simple and repetitive tasks, your employees are now freed of mundane labor and can focus on higher-level problems.
Built from the ground up to meet the needs of the global manufacturing marketplace. Currently available throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Sawyer is already being utilized in factories around the world.
In-Source Your Work
Sawyer provides a low-cost and high-return alternative to offshore manufacturing. You can boost production more efficiently, and enable a more productive and satisfied workforce.
With a starting cost at $29,000, Sawyer costs the same or less than the training and salary of a traditional production line worker. Since the collaborative robot is relatively cheap and can work non-stop through every shift, the payback is quite fast.
At Allied Automation, we’d like to take the time to introduce you to Sawyer to see if he’d be right for your business. Click on the link below and schedule your demo with Sawyer.