CIR organizes a cobotics workshop in Colomiers for local industrial companies

CIR organizes a cobotics workshop in Colomiers for local industrial companies
CIR organizes a cobotics workshop in Colomiers for local industrial companies

On Thursday, April 25, a cobotics workshop was held in Colomiers organized by CIR, a certified distributor of collaborative robotics solutions located in Occitanie. This event aimed to concretely demonstrate how collaborative robots – or cobots – can respond to the current challenges of French industrial companies.

As part of the Collaborate Tour organized by Universal Robots, this meeting intended for local companies was an opportunity to unveil the capabilities of cobots – including the recent UR20 and UR30.

During this event, Universal Robots cobots were presented. Among these, the recent UR20 is ideal for palletizing, welding, handling, as well as loading/unloading machines. The UR30, for its part, is particularly suited to machine loading/unloading and screwdriving operations. Participants were able to observe these cobots in action and manipulate them.

A tailored response to improve working conditions in industry

While the pension reform came into force at the end of 2023, questions of arduous work and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) arise in professions in the manufacturing industry. The latter – representing 79% of occupational illnesses recognized in the metallurgical industry sector – have significant repercussions on the health of workers and can cause premature exclusion from employment.

Furthermore, INSEE highlights that 54% of business leaders in the manufacturing industry report encountering recruitment difficulties. Among the most affected sectors, the food industry and electrical equipment but also specific professions such as moulder, polisher or even welder. A lack of attractiveness which leads, beyond a growing labor shortage, to a problem of perpetuating French industrial know-how.

In this context, it is becoming increasingly necessary to improve working conditions in factories and workshops. Among the most arduous and repetitive tasks, we can mention welding and palletizing operations.

Overcome the difficulties associated with repetitive tasks and carrying heavy loads

Indeed, welding is an inherently risky activity, exposing employees to various dangers such as smoke fumes which can lead to long-term pulmonary irritation, burns, hearing and eye damage, as well as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The integration of cobots can help mitigate welders’ exposure to these risks, leading to a notable improvement in their occupational health and safety. In addition, collaborative automation in the field of welding represents a solution to the major challenges of the shortage of labor (some 6,000 welder positions are said to be vacant in France), the reduction of operational costs, the increase in productivity and increased flexibility.

Manual palletizing, for its part, is a painful and repetitive operation, requiring the carrying of heavy loads throughout a working day. Companies using this task are also suffering from the unprecedented shortage of handlers. And for good reason, considered unattractive, manual palletizing is a painful and repetitive operation, requiring the carrying of heavy loads throughout a working day. For those who are in office, it irremediably causes significant musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Both concerned with improving the working conditions of their operators and increasing productivity, many companies are today seeking to automate their end-of-line operations.

Finally, not only does the use of cobots drastically reduce the arduousness of work, but it also allows employees to devote themselves to tasks with higher added value. Consequently, collaborative automation becomes a real vector of loyalty and attractiveness for companies, and helps to improve their productivity in competitive markets, both nationally and internationally.

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