Schneider Electric launches Lexium Cobot technology for industrial plants

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Schneider Electric has launched the Lexium Cobot. This collaborative machine features next-generation automation and advanced industrial robotics technology, designed to work closely alongside humans to perform gentle and diligent movements. 

Developed to improve plant productivity and safety, the Lexium cobot helps to minimise downtime caused by labor shortages, something which currently costs factories as much as 20% in productive capacity. The Lexium cobot’s technological capabilities qualify it to engage in various applications that would not be possible using conventional industrial robots.

All models take into account human safety with collision detection, their rounded edges and overall low weight further reduce the risk of injury to vital operations personnel. This removes the need for additional safety equipment and can save plant’s 30-40% of space when compared to traditional industrial robots. The Lexium cobot can also be quickly integrated into industrial plants without spending large amounts of time and capital.

Cost of ownership is lower; implementation requires minimal changes to existing production layouts; and Lexium cobots have one of the smallest footprints in the industry. Seamless integration with EcoStruxure, Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform, reduces design, development, and commissioning time, making machine delivery and startup quick and easy.

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Lexium Cobot offers new advances in machine efficiency. 

The Lexium Cobot’s high efficiency – through simple programming, quick setup, ease of use and training – helps industrial companies recover investment costs faster when they modernise their facilities to become smart factories. 

Lexium cobots can work in standalone configurations so they are ideal for production environments by collaborating with their human counterparts to ease heavier, more repetitive, or complex tasks. They also boast significant weight-bearing potential and programming options:

  • Strong payloads – The cobot’s five versions differ in size and working radius, with payloads ranging from 3 to 18 kgs, handling repetitive and monotonous tasks so operators can focus on more value-added jobs or reduce their workload.
  • Programming flexibility – Easy programming and commissioning with freedrive and graphic programming help operators change applications effortlessly and adapt quickly to production process changes.

Mike Teller, Global OEM Strategy and Sustainability Leader, Schneider Electric said: “The release of the Lexium cobot to the market marks a crucial step in next-generation robotic systems. Traditional industrial robotic systems must be designed into processes from day one. Although they can be very effective at accurately and consistently performing operations which are repetitive and arduous for workers, their speed and power make them unsuitable to work alongside people. 

“The Lexium cobot, on the other hand, is intentionally designed to work with people, and offers a fast return on investment, easy integration without the capital costs of major process rework, and helps make plant more agile, productive, and safe environments.” 

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