Burnley College Students meet their colleagues from the future as robotics expert demonstrate “Cobots”
From the soft and delicate skills required in agriculture to the powerful and rapid results required in the aerospace industry, robotic co-workers are becoming more and more commonplace.
Students at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre have been hearing how they are going to play a vital role in their futures.
Robotics expert Paul Roberts from Universal Robots was on site at the college’s £110 million campus with a “Cobot” or co-operative robot which is becoming a familiar site in the industries of manufacturing and beyond.
The machine which was demonstrated to an eager audience of leaners in the college’s atrium, costs around £20 thousand and is designed sit a workbench height, directly assisting a human.
It has a huge range of attachments which can do everything from welding to even grabbing a flower without harming the petals.
The full range of Cobots has an even broader range of abilities from assembly to palettising, material handling to quality inspection.
Putting automation within businesses can make them more efficient, with a higher capacity for work.
Moreover, it means humans can be given more interesting, better paid jobs.
“At Universal Robots we are creating a future where people work ‘with’ robots – not ‘like’ them.
“My three year old son will end up doing a job we’ve never even heard of, and hopefully with a Cobot next to him.”
Paul says it’s something we will see more and more of:
“We have supplied more than 50 thousands Cobots to companies large and small around the entire world.
“The UK has been a bit behind the rest of the world when it comes to adopting these types of automation, but it’s catching up.
The pandemic saw a lot of skilled labour leave multiple industries and automation is becoming more commonplace in order to fill that skills gap.
It’s an incredible opportunity for us as a company.
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