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A collaborative robot (Cobot) is a robot intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace. This is in contrast with other robots, designed to operate autonomously. A "cobot" is a robot that works in tandem with a human worker. The assumption is that a cobot and a human can produce an end result better and faster than either could do working alone.

If you are a supplier of components or sub-systems (Tier 2, 3, etc.) into the Global Defense Market, you understand the high standards this industry sets for your products.  Exceptional quality, continuous reliability and long-term sustainability are imperative in an industry where most of the equipment is designed to protect the end-user: The Warfighter.

Brushless AC servo motors  and  stepper motors  have long life spans, which are largely due to the lack of wearing components.  Unlike brush type motors, other than the bearings, brushless AC servo motors and stepper motors have no wearing components.  Additionally you do not have conductive brush dust, which, as it collects on the commutator, may short the armature. 

Normally my blogs are light hearted and meant to provide some thought provoking ideas in entertaining ways. Today's blog does not have that tone. On February 21st, a recall for a soft cheese was issued due to high amounts of Listeria monocytogenes. Virginia and Maryland have been investigating the products from the manufacturer, but the sad truth is there has been a death associated with this disease. Adding to the sadness is that the CDC is not reporting the age of the person who died, but nearly half of the reported sick were newborns.

Quality, Delivery and Cost (QD&C). These are the factors most used to determine the value of a supplier. They are also the aspects of performance that we can most easily calculate, compare and analyze. A green supplier scorecard that shows high OTD (on-time-delivery) and low DPM (defects per million), along with competitive pricing is the dream of both Buyer and Supply Chain Manager alike.

In the high-stakes market of Military Defense products, however, this is not quite enough. With programs taking years to develop and often requiring decades of production and support there is another critical factor in evaluating a critical supplier. A company’s ability to minimize risk over the life of the program is of epic importance.

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