Robots and safety: the discussion never gets old. Safety will always come first in a production environment as our human capital is the most valuable of all.
You can’t imagine today’s manufacturing shopfloor without picturing at least one or two robots working alongside the operators. Robots have been around for decades already and they take away many heavy burdens such as repetitive tasks or handling heavy parts. But we do need to ensure that operators aren’t harmed by their robotic colleagues.
As the global market leader in CNC Automation, RoboJob has invested significantly in the safety of operators. Some of our safety features are even unique for an industrial robot/cobot. Let's take our DIY cobot Coby CNC for example:
🔎 Coby’s accuracy enables a very small margin of max 2,5 mm between the gripper finger and the workpiece. Grippers have to be set as predefined by our software. No room for fingers here.
🦾 Should someone stick a finger in a closing gripper, he or she will have enough time to retract it as the opening and closing of the gripper is slowed down. On top of that the grippers only have a limited stroke, so no harm can be done to an unattended operator.
🗜️The chuck is a topic that millions of operators are familiar with for the past century. Chuck suppliers have successfully minimized this risk by keeping the stroke as tiny as possible. But we provide something extra so please continue reading.
❄️ Nowadays you can completely robotize the placing of a workpiece into a chuck. The latter only starts its closing process once the workpiece is positioned perfectly inside the chuck. Should one intervene for some reason or touch the cobot, it instantly freezes - as demonstrated in the video below.
🚪The door of any machine should be automated with an internal or external safety mechanism. Examples are a safety edge detection system on the door rail or a servo-driven door with implemented crush control.
🎓 We dedicate plenty of time to safety during the design of our products. You can educate yourself on our website or in the safety manual that comes along with every Coby.