Cobot wearing a face mask

Why should companies invest in industrial automation during the times of pandemics?

How can automation help your company in times of outbreak?

Robots = less production vulnerability

Industrial automation can help drastically improve the resistance to pandemics and similiar crisis of your company. The developments of the last few weeks have clearly shown how the current, globally interconnected, economy is sensitive to any issue. Production vulnerability stems foremost from the dependency on two major factors:

  1. the continuity of supplies from places away from the final production site,
  2. sensitivity to the workforce movement.

The use of collaborative robotics can significantly reduce the influence of these two factors. Robotization allows your production to stay local and decreases your company’s dependency on workforce mobility.

Introduction of massive collaborative robot use

Production was originally moving to regions with lower workforce costs due to economic reasons. However, this process is being drastically reduced by the introduction of robotics. The costs of a robotic workspace are roughly the same everywhere on the planet. Measured by the recent development a question arises: Is it efficient to save few euro-cents per part and subsequently lose millions of Euro caused by necessary production down-times due to a lack of parts and the limited workforce mobility?

Sawyer andy wearing a face mask. Satyrical image to show the safety cobots provide
Sawyer Andy wearing a face mask

How can robotics help in the times of the pandemic?

1.    More robust value chain

Industrial automation leeds to keeping most of the production local, in the main focus area of the company, you can substantially lower the impact risk of the main problems like pandemics, risks stemming from ecological activities (such as long-haul travel restrictions), civil unrest, trade restrictions, wars etc… Robots allow you to make the most of the on-shoring trend, moving the production back to the region were the R&D and product development is located.

2.    Reaction and communication speed

Lowering the geographical distance between individual production chain links leads to improved speed of reaction between them. That applies to development of new products, problem management, product modification and adjustments according to the customer’s needs. The lesson learned from the Boeing crisis proves that its always cheaper to keep production, software development, testing, R&D, and the economical parts of the company close together.

3.    Faster and better work-force development

Implementing collaborative robots drastically changes the needs of work force qualifications. Instead of an “object manipulator” (a human performing a pick and place job) the companies implementing cobots need skills like robot operator.

If a company neglects this new trend it is going to face serius issues with the structure and skill set of the workforce within a couple years. Moving the production lines to remote sites is not going to help developing the skill set of the local workforce.

Individual topics will be discussed in upcoming short texts.

And a last side note: a robot does not have to be quarantined.

We are now ISO 9001 certified.

ROB4JOB is now ISO 9001: 2016 certified

Our workplace robotization and automation system of quality management has gained the ISO 9001:2016 certificate from the prestigious TÜV SÜD company.

Scanned signed ISO 9001 certificate adresed to our company. Proving that our company has been established and applies a quality management system.

The report from Roboty2020 event

Our application, coffee brewing, caught the eye of a reporter from the Czech TV Nova. You can read the whole report on the link below. You can expect our own video from the event in the following weeks.

What is the price of a cobot application?

The prices of collaborative robots are usually set by the manufacturer for the rest of the world. The price of the robot itself, moving around 40 thousand Euro, is usually only a half of the full project price.

The usual application prices generally move between 7O and 80 thousand Euro. This full price usually contains the following additional costs:

  • Costs of a suitable and convenient robotic gripper
  • The costs of construction and manufacture of necessary additions to the workplace so it’s friendly to the robotic work. Usually this means space for the robot to pick and place, such as magazines for the robot to be able to work autonomously.
  • Costs of additional senses for the robot – different optical sensors, camera systems ect…
  • Costs for the security of the machine operated by the cobot. The robot itself has a certification of collaborativeness- meaning he can work with people in a shared environment without any danger. But if the robot should operate, for example, a press machine then it needs additional security so there are no accidents.
  • Costs of the programming itself. The cobot programming has two parts – the creation of the logical program structure and the integration of the cobot at the actual work-place, including precise positions, light conditions ect…
  • Costs of testing the robotic application in its entirety. From experience we know that the more we can test “off-site”, meaning in the space of the integration company, the lower the resulting testing costs are.
  • Costs of the installation, integration and “on-site” testing in the final work-space.

In the case of the investment cost being too high it’s always possible to finance the robotic workspace in the form of RoboTolling, meaning hiring the robot as a worker with an hourly fee of around 10 Euro for an hour of work.

Compared to industrial robots, the cobots have substantially less demand on space and security. In general if a cobot can do the operation then its use is preferable and cheaper.

If the cobot can’t manage the operation for one of the two following reasons: a) the required operation time is less than 20 seconds, b) the weight of the handled object is above 10 kg, then its more suitable to use an industrial robot. However here it is important to keep in mind that the price of the industrial robot is usually only the third of total project costs.

Customer success story: Sawyer and Wecomatic

Our collaborative robot operating two Wecomatic machines: video

Application description

First the robot takes out a part from the magazine designed by Rob4Job and proceeds to insert it in the Wecomatic machine. The cobot operates two press machines at once but, as we try to offer flexibility to our customers, you can always turn one of the machines off with a button and the robot starts operating only the other one. This comes in handy for machine maintenance and such. Sawyer communicates with the machines so after inserting the part the machine is turned on by the robot which proceeds to operate the second Weco. After the first part is inserted the robot uses a dual gripper which means that the robot can proceed to insert the second part immediately after removing the first. Then the robot proceeds to place the part in the box.

After filling both boxes collaborative robot Sawyer is able to get new ones himself so the operation is completely self-sufficient. There are optic and induction sensors for maximum reliability.

If you want to learn more about collaborative robots, this aplication in particular or more about our products and services do not hesitate to contact us.


HAHN Group acquires robot technology from Rethink Robotics and strengthens its service offerings for collaborative robotics

The HAHN Group, an international technology leader for automatization and robotics, has strengthened its portfolio and service offering by acquiring robotic technology from U.S. robotic pioneer Rethink Robotics. As part of the transaction, HAHN Group has acquired all patents and trademarks of Rethink Robotics as well as its software platform “INTERA”. Utilizing the INTERA software platform, which enables users to intuitively program industrial robots, Rethink Robotics has been the leader in the industrial deployment of collaborative robots, or “Cobots.”

HAHN Group intends to further develop Rethink Robotics’ technology, with the goal of combining this technology with German engineering and know-how of industrial applications. HAHN Group will thereby be able to provide its customers with high-quality collaborative robotic solutions and reliable service offerings. In addition, HAHN Group intends to make the software platform available to suitable partners through licensing or other arrangements.

With more than thirty years of experience and hundreds of successfully implemented collaborative, as well as conventional, robotic solutions – encompassing consulting, development and certification services – HAHN Group has positioned itself as one of the leaders in the fields of industrial automatization and robotics. In addition to its integration business (operated by HAHN Robotics) and renting offerings (operated by HAHN RobShare), the business unit “Rethink Robotics” will become the third pillar of the HAHN Group’s robotic division and complete its service portfolio.

“The acquisition of Rethink Robotic’s technology marks an important milestone for the development of our portfolio of collaborative robotics solutions,” said Thomas Hähn, CEO of HAHN Group. “This transaction will bring us not only a boost in innovative technologies but also access to highly specialized know-how in one of the most dynamic future markets. We are very pleased that we could convince the owners of Rethink Robotics to agree to the sale of its robotic technology around the ‘Cobot Sawyer’ as well as the INTERA software,” Thomas Hähn continues.

About HAHN Group

The HAHN Group consists of a network of specialized companies for industrial automation and robot solutions. With its own production sites in China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, and the USA, the group currently employs approx. 1,100 staff at 19 locations. Well-known customers from the automotive, consumer goods, electronics, and medical technology industries benefit from the HAHN Group’s 30 years of expertise and automation know-how. For more information visit