What are the Common Features of Cobots?


The rapid proliferation of cobots means that it will only be a matter of time before this automated solution becomes a common feature of the future of manufacturing. The ability to handle an array of tasks in the production capacity making it an ideal productivity tool for almost any manufacturer. Fitted with smart sensors, smart technologies and systems, cobots safely collaborate with their human counterparts.

A multitude of cobots that currently exist on the market. In the same way a large range of features exists, therefore what are the most common features? The common features are as follows:

Operational Features:

  • On average, are capable of lifting up to 25kgs worth of payload and can have an average reach of 1700mm.
  • Possible to ink with other operational collaborative robots and computing systems allowing for a streamlined automation process.
  • Fitted with force/torque and laser sensors. It maintains safety measures, and ensures cobots' operation on its tasks are performed correctly.
  • Cobots possess landmark recognition. Has the ability to scan a landmark and analyse objects in their current location without re-adjustment.
  • Image improvement features whereby it can enhance an image so that it is visible and suitable to the user.
  • Cobots have item detection features which allows the cobot to detect and identify objects in its surrounding environment.
  • End effectors are flexible. This means that it can be changed. This allow users to utilise the cobot in a variety of applications.
  • Cobots utilise in-built vision systems. This means a cobot has the vision to ‘see’, examine and understand visual data as executed by the user.
  • Most cobots are easy-of-use programming. Cobots learn directly from demonstrations therefore can be put to work immediately. Possible to set up and trained by existing staff with little to no training.
  • Majority are mobile and do not require fences or protective barriers. Allows navigation of the factory floor to perform various tasks at other workstations. This is unlike your average bulky industrial robot.

Safety Features:

  • Constructed from lightweight materials and rounded edges with force limiting assures for reduced risk of injury in case of accidental contact. As a result, the overall ergonomic design allows the cobot to interact directly and safely with their human-counterparts.
  • Programmable speed limits to which if a collision were to occur, it would not cause harm to a person.
  • Fitted with sensors that ceases all movements to avoid any accidental collision to occur.
  • Security features such as integrated sensors, passive compliance or detection of overcurrent adding to the overall safety.
  • Types of smart technologies and sensors that cobots possess are typically context-aware, location-aware and people-aware. Used to safely assist their human counterparts.


Many cobots are customisable and are integratable into manufacturing production systems with a range of accessories and tools to fit specific needs. Although cobots are relatively more complex, it does not mean that industrial robots are basic and simple.

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Updated 08/07/2022