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What is the most popular use for robots in the pharmaceutical industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

One of the most popular roles for robots in the pharmaceutical industry is that of packaging tablets and other medication. 

The latest figures suggest that almost 40% pf packaging plants will make use of robots which is a near 15% increase over the last five years. Their abilities in this area have been well reported and it includes speed and their ability to keep going over shifts. Compared to humans, robots are said to be up to four times faster in packing tasks and they can do this for 24-hour periods. What’s more, they are extremely accurate and make few mistakes.  

Delta and SCARA robots will be used to pack drugs into boxes for example. These machines need to be very reliable and dexterous. They need to be nimble and cost-effective for the work in which they are involved.  

It is also an area in which the collaborative robot (cobot) will flourish. Cobots, because they are not hindered by cages, can work closely with humans. Because of their sensors (which means they won’t accidentally crush humans), they are slower and do need more attention to set-up, but they are ideal for smaller runs. They are flexible, can work in clean-room environments and can boost the productivity of any packing line.

And robots generally use less parts than conventional packaging systems. Which means in the long run, they are actually more cost efficient than many traditional packaging systems. 

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