What can you do with a cobot? 7 proven applications

04/01/2021

Cobots or collaborative robots are mainly used in the industry. Although cobots were specifically designed to work with humans in a shared workspace, you still see most cobot applications today running completely autonomously. So there is usually no collaborative approach. The limited speed and the (temporary) lack of cognitive capabilities are the main reasons for this.

Motives to use cobots

Cobots are therefore mostly used in applications where humans are in close proximity. The main reason why a cobot is used is of course cost reduction. A cobot can take over (some of) the repetitive tasks of an operator. Although, of course, a cobot will not be able to completely replace an operator. Besides cost reduction, cobots are also used to protect the operator from repetitive or dangerous tasks or to relieve ergonomics.

Industries

Due to the limitations of a collaborative robot, such as reach and payload capacity, a cobot cannot be used everywhere. Environments that require high speeds, heavy loads, and large workspaces are less suitable for the cobot. Just like traditional robots, cobots will be used primarily in manufacturing industries rather than process industries. For example, think of industries such as food, automotive, electronics, engineering, and metalworking.

Cobot applications
  • Palletizing
  • Polishing and grinding
  • Gluing and dispensing
  • Screwing
  • Assembly
  • Loading of machines
  • Loading and placing