The term collaborative robots refers to robots designed to work in direct interaction with humans within a defined collaborative workspace. Collaborative robots are creating a new kind of manufacturing workforce and opening the door to a greater human-robot co-habitation.
The emergence of collaborative robots on the manufacturing scene fulfils industry demands for flexible, reliable and safe automation; helping to replace operators in routine, dangerous, or repetitious tasks. The features of collaborative robots mean that more manufacturers can take advantage of the many opportunities that robot technology offers.
Industrial vs Collaborative Robots
Separate from humans; guarding or other additional safety devices needed
Applications: Precision and repeatability
Expert programmer needed
Faster, more powerful
Work alongside human operators; usually no need for guarding
Applications: Flexibility and ease of use
Low cost of ownership
Plug and play; easy to program
Fully integrated & Self contained
Slower, less powerful
Type of tasks/Industries using collaborative robotics