In practice, the first question facing all clients interested in an HRC solution is of central importance: is use of collaborative robots in assembly really worthwhile? “In order to answer this question in a qualifi ed manner, we have developed our own checklist to systematically examine and evaluate any existing potential based on our experience from pilot projects, where such opportunities are already being exploited,” explains Thomas Kleinbeck, senior expert at Ingenics.
Checklist questions can be broadly categorized under six headings. “Naturally, the main focus is to check all relevant criteria concerning the assembly process. With this in mind, categories range from safety, form of material supply, and component properties to ergonomic aspects, infrastructure, and the working time model in assembly,” notes Thomas Kleinbeck.