Over the years, collaborative robots also known as cobots are increasingly working alongside humans in shared workspaces across the globe. Since the early years of robotic advancement, cobots have been used for dull, filthy and risky jobs. Cobots are now less expensive to purchase, are also easy to use and to maintain.
Robotics, however, continues to hold an odd place in today’s modern pop-culture. This technology is still considered unfamiliar and is approached with a mixture of curiosity from many.
What is a collaborative robot?
Before we go any further it is important that we comprehend what a collaborative robot is.
According to universal-robot.com, collaborative robots are robots that are designed to work in partnership with humans. Their predecessors, the traditional industrial robots are always locked away with workers looking in from the outside. The traditional robots are unpredictable and dangerous. It is never advisable for anyone to be in close range with the robots while they perform tasks.
Cobots, on the other hand, are quite safe to work by. They are designed to take on boring, repetitive and often dangerous tasks that humans would rather not do.
Here are some of the basic characteristics that make a robot collaborative:
They are designed to work and perform a large number of tasks safely alongside people.
They are very light in weight and are very flexible. Their flexibility allows them to move from one task to the next with a lot of ease.
Cobots are very simple to use. Programming a cobot does not require any skill.
Purchasing a cobot is not expensive at all and the cost to operate and maintain them is favorable.
The cobot is designed to assist the workers and the industries in the production of goods and services and not to replace human personnel.
Cobots are the future and they could really bring a difference to the way we work. In today’s market, collaborative robots have been well integrated and established within different industries that their capabilities have become the standard norm.
Here are the top two industries that have accepted the use of collaborative robots.
The manufacturing industry
This is the industry with the largest amount of possible cobot applications, performing a large variety of simple tasks with the smallest amount of human intervention. The manufacturing industry is definitely at the forefront of the cobot movement.
Manufacturing industries to use them for tasks such as detecting the existence of faulty products and removing them from the line, assembling derivative products, working on intricate circuit boards and also lifting heavy materials.
Cobots are designed to perform delicate roles that might cause injuries and stress to human personnel. Collaborative robots are also highly versatile, performing just as well even in unfavorable weather conditions.
The affordable cost of cobots allows small companies and also medium-sized companies to purchase them easily. Due to their sophisticated software and vision system, many more manufacturing industries are relying on the use of cobots. They are the future of the manufacturing industry.
The healthcare industry
The healthcare and medical industry have been quick to accept the future of collaborative robots. Many people believe that cobots are not designed or equipped to handle specialized settings such as medicine or science laboratories, however, collaborative robots have a clear advantage in this field.
The Collaborative robot arms are specifically designed to copy and imitate the movement of a normal human arm. Their design is quite detailed and accurate making them a great option for surgery applications and other fields within the medical industry.
The flexibility of cobots makes them advantageous for various healthcare exertions such as neurosurgery, successful packaging of medical devices and lab automation. Cobots also eliminates the risk of human contamination which would endanger the integrity of the medical products. The use of cobots in medical industries has always been approved by every governing body.
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