Getting Started with Cobots... Is Now the Right Time?

SME SMX2020 Team


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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Cobots (collaborative robots) are factory robots that are easier to deploy and that can coexist closer to human workers. They typically offer 6-18 months payback and can be used to automate various manual tasks, proving their value as a tool for factories in the last decade. But does it really make sense to deploy your first one during the current pandemic, considering the uncertainty and extra challenges? The goal of this presentation is to equip you with the right set of guidelines and action list, so you can make that decision for yourself.

During this webinar, you'll learn:

  • The main differences between industrial and collaborative robots
  • The main steps to deploying a cobot on the factory floor
  • A list of questions to evaluate if now is the right time to deploy cobots in your factory
  • The first steps to get your projects going
  • Best practices and potential pitfalls for your first project


Samual Bouchard

Samuel Bouchard co-founded Robotiq to free human hands from repetitive tasks so factories and workers can achieve more. He is the CEO of Robotiq, a global leader in application solutions for cobots. He is also the author of the industry acclaimed book "Lean Robotics : A Guide to Making Robots Work in Your Factory".

Mark Lewandowski
Robotics Innovation Director
Procter & Gamble – Global Engineering

Mark Lewandowski is the Director of Robotics Innovation in Global Engineering for Procter & Gamble. He has 30 years of machine controls, robotics, and machine safety experience with Procter & Gamble in high speed converting, packaging, and robotics applications. Mark leads the Robotics Innovation group for the P&G Robotics Technical Network that is chartered to develop standard approaches for robotics technology throughout P&G and is responsible for identifying new and innovative robotic technologies to leverage within the company. Mark is also a member of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Board of Directors and participates in several industry standard development groups for robotics and machine safety.