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by   -   March 31, 2017
Robot in assembly at Hall 52 on June 26, 2013. File: 062513GR34

There is growing demand for more flexibility in factories and shops. Collaborative robotics, a sub-set of service robotics in labs, manufacturing and material handling, is where the action is today because co-bots are meeting these new demands, while caged legacy robots are not.

Image: Messe München International
Image: Messe München International

Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – was the main theme at the largest robot and automation fair in the world, Germany’s AUTOMATICA, which took place in Munich throughout the last week of June. But what exactly is Industry 4.0 and how do developers and manufacturers big and small believe it will revolutionise production?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) refer to a set of injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system, for example, the muscles, joints, tendons, nerves and ligaments. Manufacturing and food processing are classed as high-risk, as outlined in a report on the impact of MSDs in the USA. Some jobs are prone to specific injuries due to the type of work involved, such as industrial inspection and packaging jobs, which are prone to upper extremity MSDs. In 2012, the manufacturing industry had the fourth highest number of MSDs, with 37.4 incidents per 10,000 workers.

SMErobot invention by ABB: Lead-Through-Programming (Image credit: ABB AG)
SMErobot invention by ABB: Lead-Through-Programming (Image credit: ABB AG)

Robotics is going to be one of the biggest job creators in modern history. But are there enough qualified people to fill those jobs? As various sectors announce skill shortages, we looked at how robotics is affected and which skills are the most important for employers.

The common solution to keeping humans safe usually involves locking a robot inside safety fences to prevent any contact between the robot and human workers. With collaborative robots becoming ever more frequent in the market today we have to change our mindset. We have been creative in the past in finding new applications for robots, now it’s time to be creative about how we do risk assessments.

by   -   March 8, 2016
Source: The Robo Report
Source: The Robo Report

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of a line of collaborative robots (also called “co-bots”), recently published financial statements which provide valuable insights into the growth potential of collaborative robots.

At present, sales of collaborative robots represent just 5% of the overall robot market. The collaborative robotics sector, according to multiple pay-for research reports, is expected to increase roughly tenfold between 2015 and 2020, reaching over $1 billion from approximately $95 million in 2014.

by and   -   December 7, 2015

Well-known collaborative robot manufacturers are using iREX — Japan’s premiere robotics trade show — to unveil their new cobots to the public. And they’re coming up with not just one collaborative robot, but entire product lines of them. Could this be the game changer that helps cobots move into mainstream manufacturing?

by and   -   December 4, 2015

Collaborative-Robots-at-IREX-2015---YouTubeSeveral new collaborative robots were shown at the IREX show in Japan. Check out the video.

by   -   April 15, 2015

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ABB leapt into the collaborative robotics space at the Hannover Messe trade show by launching their two-armed YuMi robot and simultaneously announcing their acquisition of German startup gomTec, whose one-armed co-bot was a hit at last year’s AUTOMATICA.

by   -   October 3, 2014

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At a daylong workshop on Collaborative Robots by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), two main themes were expressed: worker safety and almost universal expectation for rapid deployment of collaborative robots.



Cassie, a Bipedal Robot for Research and Development
June 8, 2018


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