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Sangeet Kumar

Co-founder & CEO

Addverb Technologies

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LATEST TRENDS IN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION Cobots are safe to work with!

Nov 1, 2021

Smart features that make cobots safe around humans is proving useful in warehouses, especially with regards to e-commerce distribution and fulfilment - Sangeet Kumar, Co-founder & CEO, Addverb Technologies

Cobots, aka collaborative robots, can function in work previously occupied only by their human counterparts. They are designed with inherent safety features, like force feedback and collision detection, making them safe to work next to human operators. According to BIS Research, in 2021, the cobot market is expected to grow to approximately $2 billion and 150,000 units. Several industries are looking towards cobots as a way of introducing the new automation future. Some of them are mentioned below:

Manufacturing: Factories that manufacture cars, electronics, heavy machinery, appliances, non-electronic products like furniture, toys and clothing (manufacturers that engage in mass production) can benefit from the precision & speed of smart and automated payload arms. Traditional manufacturers that handle metals, plastics and electronics can streamline their assembly lines and get work done faster without compromising product quality.

Pharmaceutical: Companies have long taken advantage of computer-automated machines to perform repetitive tasks that require immense precision and control. It’s possible, however, to achieve higher efficiency and lower error rates (while maintaining workplace sterility in areas like research and testing, as well as marking and packing) with cobot integration.

Warehousing: The smart features that make cobots safe around humans prove useful in warehouses, especially with regards to e-commerce distribution and fulfilment. These cobots can fill the gaps in worker output, which boosts the overall efficiency and accuracy of a warehouse operation.

Food & beverage: Mass-produced pastry products and wrapped food can regain a ‘personal touch’ with cobot integration. It reduces the factory-like environment of the assembly line as the employees can work sequentially or in tandem with the machines. Cobots are also making their way into the fast-food industry. Robotic arms flipping burgers, frying fries and whipping up concoctions in a coffee shop or bar could eventually become a common sight.

Agriculture: Cobots in greenhouses are an example of how the technology can be scaled down to suit an enterprise’s needs. Greenhouse growers need automation capable of high-precision tasks, such as picking delicate plants and repotting tiny seedlings.

Education: In an interesting twist of fate, robots are now helping today’s students learn robotics and programming faster than ever. Cobots are affordable enough that schools aiming to advance students in these fields of study can acquire them. They are also excellent for lead-through programming, a mode that ‘teaches’ the robot a sequence of movements or tasks by physically or remotely guiding the machine through the motions and executing it on command, showing students how to operate a robot even with limited coding knowledge.

Entertainment: A less-known use of cobot nowadays is in the entertainment industry. Cobots are used in filming to carry cameras that are too heavy for humans to handle, and they are also great for situations where filming spaces are too tight for a traditional crane. Cinema robots can film precise shots at high speeds and through complex camera angles and motions.

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