UR10 cobot at the center of the 4.0 industrialization
The multinational Continental is a good example of the transition taking place in the industry; as a leading company in the automotive sector, Continental is by far the most robotized Spanish manufacturer in the business and the first to pioneer the move towards industry 4.0. In 2016, the company decided to acquire several UR10 cobots to automate the manufacture and handling of PCB boards, bringing down changeover times by 50%, from 40 to 20 minutes when compared to performing the task manually.
The Continental team is very pleased with the results of the implementation of the UR cobots on their production line:
Control and flexibility: The company managed to keep control over the decisions made by the robot thanks to very simple programming; all the electronics and robot controllers are combined within a central point, allowing them to make programming changes without the help of outside experts.
Less burden for the team: The cobot arrival meant a change in the role of operators who no longer have to perform menial tasks such as moving components from one station to the next. They can now concentrate on skilled tasks that contribute to improving production.
Cost reduction: Automating the work of moving parts and components around the plant has allowed Continental to reduce operating costs by bringing down changeover times by 50%, from 40 to 20 minutes when compared to performing the task manually.