Today’s article: Why starting simple is critical to success, and how to do it.
Key to Success #1: Start Simple
Why Starting Simple is Essential
- Starting simple means identifying a job that will be simple for the robot to do and simple for you to deploy.
- Complexity is the enemy of execution. And we need to execute fast to be successful. Keep in mind that working remotely in a high-pressure environment already involves complexity. By starting simple, we’re doing ourselves a huge favor.
- Starting simple will have positive repercussions throughout the project: making design, integration, training, and troubleshooting faster and easier.
What Counts as “Simple”?
Simple for the Robot
- Think of robots as near-perfect motion repeating machines. They’re way better than humans at predictable, repeatable tasks.
- Remember, though, that all the sensory motor skills you take for granted (like coordinating your sense of sight and touch with your hand movements) are far more difficult for robots.
- Also keep in mind that this is not linear: simple things can be very simple, while complex things can be very complex.
- In other words, a manual task that is easy for you is not necessarily easy for a robot.
Here’s a quick way to test if your task is simple enough for a robot:
- Could you do it:
- Wearing a mitten?
- And blindfolded?
- Don’t use an “ideal scenario”—use a real case on the production line, considering how parts are presented and dropped off, and whether humans are doing any non-obvious tasks like visual inspection or tweaking parts in the process.
- If you can perform the task with these limitations, that’s a great start. Obviously we’ll dig deeper into this with you as we move along, but this rough guide can help you do the first filter.
Simple to Deploy
- In the previous article, we explained some criteria for a successful project. Three of them relate to simplicity on your end:
- Do you have an automation team in place of at least two people, who will be 100% dedicated to the project?
- Do you have prior experience with robots?
- Can you share data remotely with Robotiq (WiFi, cell network)?
- If so, and if we choose a simple job for the robot, we will be able to support you remotely to get it done.
Simple Cobot Jobs
These are some of the simplest jobs for a robot:
- Pick and place. Transferring parts from one place to another.
- Machine tending. Loading and unloading parts from a machine (pictured below with a testing machine and CNC machine).
- Packaging. Placing products in packages.
How We Will Work as a Team to Start Simple
One of our Integration Coaches will work with you to qualify the application within 48 hours of initial submission.
- You can submit a video and/or written instructions for your target application in Blueprints. Your application will remain confidential.
- We will then organize a video call on the factory floor.
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Upcoming article: Key #2 – Keep it Simple
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