By investing $6 million in robots, Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) was able to take back 10% of their manufacturing from China and place it into a new factory in Manning, South Carolina employing 140 new workers.
The common solution to keeping humans safe usually involves locking a robot inside safety fences to prevent any contact between the robot and human workers. With collaborative robots becoming ever more frequent in the market today we have to change our mindset. We have been creative in the past in finding new applications for robots, now it’s time to be creative about how we do risk assessments.
Well-known collaborative robot manufacturers are using iREX — Japan’s premiere robotics trade show — to unveil their new cobots to the public. And they’re coming up with not just one collaborative robot, but entire product lines of them. Could this be the game changer that helps cobots move into mainstream manufacturing?