Cobots to be explained at National Manufacturing Week

Friday, 04 May, 2018

Cobots to be explained at National Manufacturing Week

Robotic automation is misunderstood as out of reach of everyday Australian SMEs when it can, in fact, be addressed through flexible, easy-to-deploy collaborative robots, or cobots. Universal Robots aims to set the record straight when it focuses on how these concerns are easily overcome by human-robot collaboration at National Manufacturing Week 2018 from 9 to 11 May.

“Automation improves consistency of quality and consistency of flow, which all manufacturers in Australia need to some degree,” said Shermine Gotfredsen, general manager, SEA & Oceania, Universal Robots. “We want to demonstrate clearly to manufacturers how cobots remain the best way to gain the benefits of automation while offering fast payback.”

Australia’s slow response to the adoption of emerging technologies continues to hurt our global competitiveness and our own productivity. According to the World Economic Forum, Australia presently ranks 21st out of 137 countries, having firmly fallen out of the top 20 since 2012.

“The advantages of robotic automation in this market are being stifled due to perceived complexity, specialised personnel required and cost. Human-robot collaboration, enabled by the deployment of safe cobots, can address all these concerns with simplification, ease of use and installation, light weight, mobility and low cost,” added Gotfredsen.

Visitors are invited to register here to attend the exhibition and participate in Universal Robots’ showcase at the Sydney Showground:

  • Collaborative Robots in the Manufacturing Process — The Importance of the Ecosystem: This session will focus on understanding the robot ecosystem and the simple integration in the manufacturing process. Join Darrell Adams, sales development manager for SEA & Oceania, as he presents how cobots can change the game for Australian SME manufacturers on 10 May at the Industry 4.0 Theatre.
  • The Universal Robots stand (Stand #2222): Visitors will be provided with the opportunity to witness a robot industrial application by Australian company the Robot People, which presents how the Universal Robots robot arm made its packaging and palletising operation simpler, faster and more efficient. There will also be demo units available for visitors to partake in a hands-on experience of easy cobot programming.

Following National Manufacturing Week 2018, you can still find out more about cobots from Universal Robots through a series of local education events. Find out how you can sign up to participate in free seminar here.

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