Web-seminar: "The Indian Factory of the Future: Using Collaborative Robots to Achieve Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing and Research Development"

VDMA India

The Covid 19 pandemic has shown us our vulnerabilities but has also thrown up several opportunities where we haven’t capitalised in the past. The use of cobots is one such opportunity which we have now realised the value of. Cobots can assist in shop floor operations in a very effective manner and in tandem with the current Covid 19 restrictions without compromising on operational efficiency of the shop floor worker.

We were privileged to have the esteemed speaker, Mr Pradeep David, General Manager – South Asia, Universal Robots, joining us for this interactive and informative session.

The session was moderated by Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India Services Pvt Ltd who gave the welcome address in which he highlighted the impact of Covid 19 on our work life and how we are moving towards adopting a new normal.

Mr. Pradeep David started off by giving us a brief about what Cobots are and how they operate. He also addressed how Human – Robot collaboration is necessary to combat the Covid 19 crisis. Social distancing, Quick deployment, Partial automation and democratised workforce are the main benefits that these Cobots give an organisation. He mentioned that Cobots have been placed in the Top 50 ‘Most Disruptive’ technologies in the world and that it is completely Industrie 4.0 compliant.

Mr Pradeep David then spoke about how Cobots can come in and fill an organisation’s automation gaps by being applicable in; Final assembly, Board testing, Quality control, Refurbishing and Packaging.

In electronics manufacturing, robot sales have seen a 41% increase which shows a major trend towards the adoption of automation in this industry. Moreover, there is a huge difference between Cobots and Robots in terms of operational efficiency, cost, ease of use and mobility.

Mr. Pradeep David delved deeply into the specifics of the e series of Cobots manufactured by Universal Robots. He spoke about how this version is much better compared to previous versions in terms of standardisation, tool efficiency, design etc.

Finally, Mr. Rajesh Nath took questions from the audience and Mr. David answered all questions in a very eloquent manner and finally concluded the interactive session and he conveyed his best wishes to all the esteemed speakers and attendees from the industry to continue their operations SAFELY.