Cobots (collaborative robots) are great co-workers! They are predictable, consistent and efficient.
What’s even better is that they have a lot more to offer than we may initially realize. For example, while Cobots work they can gather cleaning data and insights about work processes. This information can help to optimize cleaning performance which in turn can positively impact how a business performs.
Cobots also support staff in a variety of ways and can even help management teams create a fun work environment.
Below is a list of things you will want to do when implementing cobots so you can fully optimize the work they do for your business.
One of the most important things you can do is spend time upfront understanding all the features and benefits the cobot has to offer and how they can benefit your facility.
This will help you determine the best way to deploy or use the machine to get results like increased productivity and efficiency.
For example, Cobi 18, an autonomous floor scrubber by ICE Cobotics, is programmed to be able to map or clean in four different ways.
Additionally, it is beneficial to know what types of parts and consumables the cobot uses to effectively complete the work.
Cobi 18 for example comes equipped with tool free parts—which is a huge time saver for employees. The solution and recovery tank are combined into one part, simplifying the filling and emptying process because there are not multiple tanks to take care of.
The squeegee and side brushes click on and off, the hopper and main brush slide in and out, and the extension mop also clicks on and off. No additional tools are necessary for removing or adding these pieces to the cobot.
Having a cobot that is simple to use, doesn’t require tools, and can be deployed in a variety of ways allows your team to stay focused on getting the work done and thus increases productivity.
Existing staff could be apprehensive about the idea of adding a cobot to the team, so it will be important to reiterate that cobots are there to support staff and to help them be more productive and efficient.
This will not only reassure them about their job, but it will also help them see that a cobot can make the job easier.
Here are the important benefits to reiterate to staff:
Plus, the UI (user interface) on cobots was created to be intuitive and easy for anyone to use. This makes cobots easy for staff to work with and manage throughout the day. Having an easy to use and safe cobot as part of the team can help staff members realize the opportunity to complete tasks they might not otherwise get to, leading to a better sense of satisfaction.
Having the cobot clean the floor increases productivity but also efficiency because cobots complete the work the same way each time, eliminating human error. Therefore, the routine task is more efficiently done. Staff will appreciate knowing they can expect the same result each time they run the machine.
This includes getting the help they need when they need it. Bringing on cobots can help staff respond to customer requests and keep shelves stocked, leading to a better overall customer experience.
By providing them with training and giving them the responsibility to operate and manage the cobot, your staff is learning new skills. This can help you retain staff by providing them with additional learning and training, which ultimately saves the company time and money.
Plus, most cobot manufacturers provide easy to access online training that anyone on staff can use—this gives staff an additional sense of independence while on the job—knowing they can access information and support when needed.
Due to the advanced technology used in cobotics as well as their being part of IoT (internet of things), cobots can track a lot of data and insights.
This information is invaluable to a business as is the ability to access information from remote locations. This opens all kinds of opportunities for business leaders to more carefully track resources and procedures.
Depending on the type of cobot, the information may be tracked through a fleet management software, like that of i-SYNERGY Clean Score, used in Cobi 18.
Clean Score allows the business owner or leader to set cleaning goals for each site they manage.
Within that is the ability to login and immediately see the floor cleaning progress at the site and to click in further to examine the progress of each machine.
This includes reviewing cleaning times, routes, users, and length of cleaning time.
Being able to review this information gives managers, directors, and owners the opportunity to check in with their teams and find out more about how cleaning processes work.
These conversations can lead to feedback regarding specific routes, or times of day cleaning occurs, to become more dialed into what the business requires. This can lead to an increased ROI.
This step comes ahead of bringing the cobot on as a team member and requires some work on the front end.
Some manufacturers provide buying, leasing or subscription procurement options. While buying gives you ownership of the machine this can have some downsides.
Working with a manufacturer that specializes in subscription services on the other hand can mean access to a whole host of services that can help you better run your business.
Case in point, ICE Cobotics offers Cobi 18 through an all-inclusive subscription that includes service, parts, online training, access to i-SYNGERY and any software updates at no extra cost, as well as consumables.
The subscription is a hassle-free and low risk way to bring on automation. The service support alone can save your company time and money. If there is an issue, ICE Cobotics will troubleshoot the problem from a remote location and if they cannot solve the issue, they will send a technician to your location to fix the problem.
Service trips and replacing parts cost businesses hundreds of dollars a year and when you have multiple machines it can really add up. ICE Cobotics takes care of that for you—so your money can do more for your business.
While cobots are created to take on repetitive tasks and to relieve staff of this work, they can also help to address a whole range of other business needs. Whether augmenting labor shortages, taking on floor cleaning, freeing staff to focus on customers, or providing important data, there is a wide range of opportunities for utilizing your cobot to its fullest potential.
To find out more or get started with Cobi 18 today, contact our Account Managers. They are happy to help!
If you’d like to read further, we suggest: Cobots Vs. Robots (What You Need to Know)