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Move over, robot. The co-bot is here.

Soumik Ghosh | June 27, 2016
Robotics strangely conjures up apocalyptic images of bots going berserk or simply putting us out of jobs. The key lies not in ceding controls to robots, but collaborating with them. Enter: The co-bot.

We now have distributors in cities like Pune, Bangalore, Gurgaon, and we are looking to expand the distributor network and community.

Universal Robots aims to contribute significantly to the 'Make in India' campaign and therefore, is targeting the SME sector.

What are the challenges that you might face in the Indian market, and how do you expect to overcome them?

The only challenge that we face in the Indian context is the lack of awareness regarding the value proposition of collaborative robots. There are endless possibilities with collaborative robots due to their ability to work alongside humans.

Manufacturers can use collaborative robots as an advanced tool available for any worker in the factory to use for stand-alone operations. We have started creating awareness on collaborative robots and will continue to do so in the coming years.

Sounds great, but what support infrastructure and service back-up do we need for installing and programming these co-bots?

There is absolutely no need for any service, once our collaborative robots have been purchased. There is no need for lubricants like other industrial robots. Patented technology lets operators with no programming experience quickly set up and operate the robots.

With our intuitive, 3D visualization, operators can simply move the robot arm to desired waypoints or touch the arrow keys on the easy-to-use touchscreen tablet. We have revolutionized robot set-up, reducing typical robotic deployment measured in weeks to a matter of hours. The average set-up time reported by our customers is only half a day. The out-of-box experience for an untrained operator to unpack, mount, and program the robot for its first simple task takes typically less than an hour.

Source: CIO India


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