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Untouched by Human Hands

Pharmaceutical manufacturers, along with research and medical laboratories, are under more pressure than ever before. Now, more than ever, they need creative solutions that can improve the efficiency and quality of their operations, control costs, and speed up R&D times to launch products more quickly, while coping with a worldwide shortage of skilled medical and lab professionals. Automation can help overcome all these challenges and improve staff safety – with robots able to complete repetitive tasks up to 50% faster compared to current manual processes. This will leave highly skilled medical and lab staff free to undertake more valuable activities and enhance productivity.

Accurate, fast, flexible, tireless, and able to work 24 hours a day, robots are well-suited to repetitive tasks, as well as being flexible enough to switch between jobs as needed. Recent developments have brought robots a long way from their big, heavy-duty predecessors, which were designed primarily for the automotive industry. The past decade has seen the development of robotic solutions with far greater flexibility, integrated vision, and smaller footprints, available in hygienic, wash-down-friendly models.

Selective compliance articulated robot arm (SCARA) robots are a good example of these. Table top mountable and with a small footprint, SCARA robots suit the confined spaces typical of pharma manufacturing. SCARA robots are also speedy and repeatable, performing articulate point-to-point movements, such as picking and placing, parts transfer, and parts handling, whether they are dealing with tablets, test tubes, or syringes.

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Nigel Platt is ABB Robotics' Lead Business Manager for its UK and Ireland robotics and discrete automation business. Nigel has over 30 years’ experience helping manufacturing companies around the world improve competitiveness, quality, and consistency, through investment in robot-based manufacturing systems. He joined ABB in 1990, beginning his career as Account Manager for the South East Region in the UK. Prior to becoming Lead Business Manager in 2017, Nigel held a global role across 40 countries as Business Line Manager for welding and cutting. Nigel holds a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical and Production Engineering from De Havilland College in Hertfordshire, UK. He is trained in advanced team selling, contract law, and negotiation skills, and is Institute of Leadership and Management accredited.
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