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Navigating productivity challenges with cobots

Shermine Gotfredsen, General Manager at Universal Robots, SEA & Oceania | Oct. 25, 2017
Productivity remains a key challenge for many businesses in Singapore.

Most importantly, cobots enable businesses to maximise operational efficiency. Besides the ability to operate tirelessly round-the-clock, the adaptability in deployment helps businesses reduce the time required to switch from one task to another. This minimises operational downtime, resulting in more productive hours allowing the business to increase its production capacity.


Cobots in domestically-focused sectors

The advantages presented by cobots, particularly their enhanced safety features and intuitive programming, extend the relevance of robotic automation beyond traditional industries to sectors such as F&B, hospitality and retail.

In such industries, businesses can use cobots to automate mundane and repetitive tasks such as baggage handling or meal preparation. For example, a hotel chain deployed a robotic chef to whip up different types of eggs as part of its breakfast buffet. Employees were then redeployed to higher value-added work requiring critical thinking, decision making or creativity such as managing floor operations, designing solutions to boost operational capacity, or improving service quality.

Through upskilling of the workforce and optimising resources, hoteliers, restaurateurs and service operators can improve service efficiency, while helping employees be more productive in the jobs that offer them greater satisfaction while creating greater value for the business.


Harnessing the power of collaboration

As more businesses realise that cobots are a strategic and cost-effective solution to bridge the productivity gap these smart machines will become more commonplace in a diverse range of industries. From traditional manufacturing to non-manufacturing sectors, cobots are a viable investment that can help a business sustain growth as they lift productivity in cost-effective ways.

Fundamentally, effective implementation of robotic automation relies on how the business harnesses the power of collaboration between man and machine. Successful businesses know that making the best use of the abilities of both technology and human skills will enable them to maximise efficiencies that neither can achieve on their own.


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