The Nature of Collaborative Robots

The Nature of Collaborative Robots

A new kind of robot has made its way in the industry and is changing all preconceived notions about robotics. Their ability to work safely alongside humans, creating a human-robot collaboration is the new wanted characteristic for robots.

Odense based, Universal Robots, is the leading supplier of collaborative robots. Universal Robots has been a game changer for fellow Odense based robotic companies by opening the market for them to develop collaborative robots.

A motto of: low-cost, easy to deploy and simple to program robots that work side by side with production workers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency, drive many of the robotic companies in Odense. To name a few, companies like On Robot, MiR, Scape Technologies, TriVision and Inrotech have all adapted this mindset in their robotic development. On a global scale, ABB, Fanuc, Kuka and Bosch are among some of the renowned companies that have also integrated collaborative features in their robots. While the specialized focus areas of these companies differ, they have all considered the human integration factor.

Collaborative robots excel because they are compact, lightweight, easy to install and dexterous. Collaborative arms can offer up to 7 degrees-of-freedom, which allows more configuration of the arm. The most desirable feature is that humans and robots work with each other, force limited or not. Collaborative robotics is a $100 million segment of the industrial robotics market that is growing at more than 50% per year. The future of robotics has taken a collaborative turn, are you onboard?

Source: Universal Robots, Collaborative Robot ebook fifth edition – Robotiq