This is next article from the series we started this year for disruptive technologies for smart cities. The content is based on the outputs produced under the project Smart technologies by design (Smart by Design).
Collaborative Robotics (Cobots) is referring to machines which are designed for a direct interaction with humans in their working spaces without any security fence. They are lighter, more flexible, easier to install and with an affordable price than traditional production machines. This is the reason why they are perfectly suitable for SMEs. These robots have a fast return of investment; do not require specialized technicians for the assembling and launching and they are reconfigurable which allows them to be incorporated in different points of the production line, optimizing productivity.
They represent a new era in the industrial automation, as they allow the introduction of robots in sectors and industrial processes in which was not feasible until now.
The Collaborative Robots are feasible for any type of companies. Some of the most remarkable advantages in comparison with traditional robots are:
The number of robotic companies offering collaborative robotics is increasing due to the advantages described above. But, some of the most well-known producers are:
There are some standards related to collaborative robots at international level:
Cobots are very useful in most of industrial environments, but some of their applications are:
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