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What type of robots do they use in the pharmaceutical industry?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

A wide variety of robots are being used in the pharmaceutical industry. 

And it’s an area in which the light industrial robot excels. This is an industry where you will not find many of the heavy industry, grunt robots. 

Consider that robots here are used for packaging, laboratory work and testing. In the packaging side of the business, Delta and SCARA robots will be used to pack drugs into boxes. 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 for the same reasons, a cobot is ideal in the laboratory. Here they will work even closer with the laboratory technician and be set-up to look after the menial tasks, or those tasks which are considered dangerous.  They also do not require an engineering degree to set-up either, which means lab technicians can easily set them to work, making them more efficient and safe.

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