The Collaborative Robotics Laboratory at Southwest Research Institute features safe work areas where engineers develop advanced capabilities for “cobots” that can be ported to larger industrial robots. (Image source: Southwest Research Institute)
Most market analysts agree that collaborate robots (cobots) are the fastest growing segment of industrial robotics. The rise of cobots represents a dramatic shift for many industries -- not to mention traditional robots.
In this Design News e-book we're going to clear up the differences between traditional manufacturing robots and cobots working with humans on the factory floor and in warehouses, including industrial mobile robots. We look at differences in the robots themselves, as well as the different jobs for which they're used, as well as the real impact cobots are having.
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Ann R. Thryft has been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 30 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, robotics, single-board computers, machine vision, embedded devices, and all kinds of datacom and telecom.