Unveiling the Mystery of Collaborative Robots (Cobots)


Collaborative Robots, also known as cobots, are the next big thing in industrial automation. These innovative machines are designed to work alongside humans in a shared workspace, offering enhanced efficiency and safety. Equipped with advanced sensors, cobots can detect touch and adjust their movements to prevent collisions. Whether working independently or in collaboration with operators, cobots are set to transform the way we work, making industries more productive and efficient.

Flexible and lightweight

Cobots are a game-changer for industries looking to automate their processes. With little to no programming required for installation, cobots offer a cost-effective solution for integration.

These cobots are also lightweight and highly mobile, making them versatile and ideal for a range of tasks such as palletizing, welding, gluing, and machine tending. Despite having limitations in payload, reach, and speed, cobots can still effectively automate many applications, making them a popular choice for businesses looking to streamline their operations.

However, for tasks that require heavy lifting or high-speed movements, traditional industrial robots may still be the best option.

Cobot safety

Cobots are designed with safety in mind, making them ideal for working in close proximity to operators. When properly implemented, cobots can effectively operate without the need for additional protective fencing or sensors. With their low speed and advanced impact detection capabilities, the potential for harm is greatly reduced. In the event of a collision, the cobot will automatically stop, further minimizing any potential impact.

Please note: Cobots can still be dangerous if proper measures are not taken!

ISO/TS 15066 defines safety requirements for collaborative robots (cobots) and their associated tools. It explains how humans and robots can work together safely, including guidelines for interaction and maximum forces in a collision with a human. The specification also covers design of the cobot, workplace, and risk analysis. Risk analysis must be conducted for each application, as cobots fall under the Machinery Directive.

Fast-growing cobot market

The collaborative robots market is experiencing rapid growth. ABI Research predicts that cobots will account for one-third of the industrial robots market by 2030, resulting in a 9 billion euro turnover and an annual growth of nearly 30%. The growth is driven by cobots' competitive pricing and ease of programming, making them a suitable solution for a wide range of applications for both large and small companies, both in and out of the factory environment.

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Updated 02.02.23