|Advancements in robotic and control technology are enabling the development of collaborative robots, systems designed to work safely in close proximity and cooperatively with human coworkers, especially in manufacturing environments. The collaborative robotics segment is growing rapidly as new suppliers, technologies, and investment enter the market. Growth is fueled by three key markets: electronics manufacturers and electronics manufacturing services companies, small-to-medium manufacturers, and manufacturers seeking robotic solutions optimized to support agile production methodologies. Expected benefits include enhanced productivity by improving the throughput, quality, and safety of employees.
A collaborative robot, or "cobot," is a robot that can safely and effectively interact with human workers while performing simple industrial tasks. However, end-effectors and other environmental conditions may create hazards, and as such risk assessments should be done before using any industrial motion-control application.
Benefits: enhanced productivity by improving the throughput, quality, and safety of employees.
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Key vendors: ABB, KUKA, Rethink Robotics, Universal Robots