Taking one for the team – robots working to promote a healthy work environment

Industrial robots can help keep humans safe by removing them from the hazardous work environment. Robots are made to complete the tedious tasks and reduce the injury-inducing workload that humans have completed for so many years. Humans are often exposed to toxic fumes on the production line, so integrating industrial robots promotes a healthier work environment.


When you think of a healthy work envi­ron­ment, what do you think of? Maybe the atti­tudes of peo­ple around you, the pos­i­tive ener­gy received from supe­ri­ors and cowork­ers? But, do you ever take it lit­er­al­ly? You should. A healthy work envi­ron­ment and the health of a facility’s work­ers is para­mount to the facility’s abil­i­ty to run.

How do robots fit into all this? Well, first and fore­most, they don’t get sick. The only time a robot is affect­ed by ill­ness is if its pro­gram­mer gets sick. Oth­er­wise, it can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with­out stopping.

How­ev­er, these are not the only ways that indus­tri­al robots pro­mote health in the work envi­ron­ment. Robots also keep humans safe from haz­ardous work envi­ron­ments, and in that way are able to keep work­ers healthy and on the job.

Robots keep humans safe? Of course they do! Robots are engi­neered to do the tedious, dull and some­times injury-induc­ing work that humans have done for gen­er­a­tions. One good exam­ple of a robot keep­ing a healthy work envi­ron­ment for a human is the robot pal­letiz­er. Pal­letiz­ing goods can be dif­fi­cult on the back, arms and oth­er parts of the body. Human work­ers are con­stant­ly lift­ing heavy objects, while bend­ing and twist­ing. Robots do not have that same risk of injury.

Sim­i­lar­ly, a human that is weld­ing can breathe in tox­ic fumes that are giv­en off dur­ing the process. Fumes pro­duced dur­ing weld­ing, paint­ing and oth­er nox­ious process­es could cause brain and oth­er cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem dam­age. A robot does not suc­cumb to these dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals. Also, robots take humans out of envi­ron­ments that are too hot or too cold, and away from appli­ca­tions that may pro­duce small par­ti­cles that can be breathed into the lungs and cause res­pi­ra­to­ry infections.

Aren’t you glad that robots are around? They keep the work­place a healthy envi­ron­ment, and they do it with­out tak­ing breaks, days off or vaca­tions. And – they do it with­out com­pli­ment or complaint.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of robots from Fanuc, Motoman, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA, pro­motes a healthy work envi­ron­ment by help­ing cus­tomers to auto­mate their appli­ca­tions. This kind of automa­tion will not only boost the speed and accu­ra­cy of pro­duc­tion, but it will also raise the safe­ty and health lev­el in your facility.

For more infor­ma­tion about pro­vid­ing a health­i­er work envi­ron­ment for your work­ers through automa­tion, con­tact Robots​.com today online or at 8777626881.

Jul 29, 2013