Quality inspection processes can make the difference between successful production runs and expensive, labor-intensive failures. Products typically undergo cosmetic optical inspection, a metrology inspection step or both. In the medical sector, stringent quality control regulations are the norm whether you’re making face masks, implants or medicines. But across all sectors and regulatory environments, manufacturers need to ensure consistency of product.

Today, with manufacturing in real need of flexible solutions, cobot-based quality control and inspection systems that can transition between different end products in very little time become very attractive –especially to manufacturers striving to meet the QC demands of high-mix, low-volume production runs. Easy to incorporate into existing production lines and a cinch to program, UR cobots are uniquely positioned to deliver results in fast-moving quality control environments. Able to shift from pick and place and handling roles to inspection tasks quickly, cobots are easily reconfigured to inspect new parts. This makes cobots the perfect technology for both future-proofing inspection processes and ensuring business continuity in difficult times.

This operational flexibility extends to human-robot collaboration too. If you need to ensure social distancing requirements at your manufacturing facility, for example, you could consider introducing cobots to your quality control lines. Human-robot teams will improve the accuracy of your QC operations, while freed up workers can be reassigned to more interesting tasks.

This post was first published on: The Robot Report