What is a collaborative robot used for?

What is a collaborative robot used for?

In this short answer, we answer the question about what a collaborative robot is asked by one of our beloved followers. For a long time, industrial robots, which were primarily programmable robotic arms, were put in a cage separated from human workers because they were not safe to be used in proximity of humans. They were mainly used to conduct dangerous tasks unsafe for human workers. For a long time, industrial robots were put in a cage separated from human workers. Fast forward several decades, with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), advanced sensors, and…
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Collaborative Mobile Robots

Collaborative Mobile Robots

Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems has developed collaborative robots for human-robot collaboration.  Mobile Cobots. Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics and Biosystems In the experiment, three Omnid mobile collaborative robots (mobile cobots) are carrying a large pipe, and they float the pipe so that it has six degrees of freedom (three for positions: x, y, and z movements, and three for orientations: roll, pitch, and yaw rotations) and can easily be controlled by a human operator. Delta robots are three dofs series-elastic manipulators and mobile bases feature three-dof mecanum omnidirectional wheels.  Image credit: Northwestern University's Center for Robotics…
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Clock Assembly Automation with Robot Arms

Clock Assembly Automation with Robot Arms

The ABB robot SWIFTI is collaborating with the IRB1300 along with a human worker for clock assembly automation. In a video from ABB, robot arms are used to assemble a clock in conjunction with an operator, demonstrating how humans and machines can interact for robotic process automation.  Two robots are collaborating with each other for clock assembly automation. Image credit: ABB SWIFTI incorporates a safety laser scanner that creates a safety zone when humans approach it and stop working. Assembling the clocks involves IRB1300 fixing screws, while SWIFTI completes work started by a human worker.  SWIFTI's Clock Assembly. Image credit: ABB…
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