Universal Robots, the leading provider of collaborative robot technology, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its six-month cobot automation tour. The events have introduced the power of robotics and automation to a new generation of UK manufacturers, demonstrating the potential to address current challenges around labour shortages and production efficiency.
“Throughout the tour we’ve met with companies of all sizes from every manufacturing sector, and it has been interesting to see how the industry is looking to embrace change and implement new technologies to improve productivity” explains Mark Gray, UK Sales Manager at Universal Robots.
“Our goal was to deliver the message that by using flexible automation on the factory floor it’s possible to plan ahead and meet any market challenges, which we feel we’ve succeeded in doing. The cobot automation tour has been a great initiative to be a part of,” Gray concludes.
The cobots can be programmed to take over a multitude of tasks to benefit any automation need local manufacturers may be looking to solve. To prove anyone can become a robotics handler, those attending the event have had a chance to operate a real-life cobot themselves! Along with the very hands-on experience attendees have been able to get all of their automation questions answered by leading industry experts.
To highlight the wide range of tasks the cobots can be programmed to carry out, Universal Robots joined forces with several UR + partners, including Robotiq, SICK and SKFRobotics who exhibited their solutions at the events.
“It’s been an enriching experience throughout the past several months to meet with manufacturers and discuss what’s holding them back from automating and growing their business,” said Vincent Vandomme, Channel Sales Manager at Robotiq.
“Robotiq’s participation at Universal Robots’ Roadshow events has given the cobot world a platform to show how they can offer manufacturers an effective automation solution – helping with the labour gap we currently see in the UK.”
As an advanced manufacturing nation, with levels of automation behind those of the rest of Europe, there is significant untapped potential for UK manufacturers to enhance the productivity, competitiveness and scale of their operations.
For further opportunities to see the ease, flexibility and potential of robotics for themselves, UK manufacturers can visit Universal Robots on Stand 422 of the Robotics and Automation exhibition, or keep an eye on www.universal-robots.com for news of further events later in the year.