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Karen Smock is a freelance marketing and technical writer who specializes in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, and clear writing. She lives in a house where robots outnumber people.

Yes, Collaborative Robots Can Be Repurposed in a Changing Production Environment

Fast turnaround is a necessity for small and medium manufacturers. Companies that can find ways to decrease lot sizes and produce small, custom runs gain a competitive edge over those with long lead times. Can robotics and automation be effective in a variable production environment? With traditional industrial automation, the answer is usually no. Large, high-volume, single-purpose workhorses are productive but not flexible. In contrast, collaborative robots are extremely flexible and adaptable, making them ideal for use in both high- and low-volume production runs.

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Aug 15, 2016 7:00 AM. 2 min read time
 
Yes, Collaborative Robots Can Be Repurposed in a Changing Production Environment

Fast turnaround is a necessity for small and medium manufacturers. Companies that can find ways to decrease lot sizes and...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Aug 15, 2016 7:00 AM
Read More 2 min read time
Busting Common Myths About Robots: Part II

In part I of this series we busted the myths about robots being dangerous, difficult-to-work-with job-stealers. However,...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Aug 04, 2016 7:00 AM
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Busting Common Myths about Robots: Part I

Change incites fear. Since the industrial revolution, humans have been remarkably consistent about fearing the worst when...

Karen Smock
By Karen Smock
on Jul 25, 2016 7:00 AM
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