What is a Cobot?
“Cobot” is just shorthand for “collaborative robot,” which is an enhanced robotic arm integrated with intelligent features that allow it to interact directly with and operate harmoniously alongside humans.
Cobots are a significant part of Industry 4.0 — not just as a product of this fourth industrial revolution, but as a key player in its environment.
Cobots possess the following characteristics:
The best part about this intelligent technology is it can accommodate small-scale operations, as well as large-scale manufacturing. Hence, it is applicable across a broad range of industries and can be applied to enterprises of any size.
What Are Cobots Used For?
Cobot technology is still on its way to becoming employed widely. Yet, industries have already discovered a plethora of applications for it, ranging from simple fetching and carrying actions to tasks that require more precision and power, like cutting and welding.
At Techman Robot Inc., we design and build hardware and software that offers clients a vast library of collaborative robot applications.
Applications by Industry
Applications by Type of Collaboration
Thanks to their flexibility as programmable hardware, cobots can be integrated into any stage of a manufacturing process or assembly line. They could be stationed at the beginning (e.g., transporting and cutting of raw materials) middle (e.g., assembly, product processing), or end (e.g., boxing, wrapping, labeling). Cobots can also be present in all segments of the production process, moving right beside human workers and supervisors.
We can, therefore, identify four types of collaborations that are possible through cobots.
The Future for Cobots— Will You Be a Part of It?
We are still working our way up to seeing cobots manning a Starbucks counter or handing out our takeout at a drive-through. Yet, this is the future that visionaries expect to see soon. Markets and Markets, a global authority on industry reports and research, predicts that the collaborative robot market will grow from $710 million in 2018 to over $12 billion by 2025. This suggests a broader use for cobots, and not just in the industries that are already utilizing them.
Your business enterprise might eventually contribute to this estimate, but why wait for 2025 when you can start now? The earlier you integrate cobots into your processes, the quicker you can raise your efficiency and fulfillment volumes. Cobot integration will also be instrumental in elevating your workers’ skills. They can graduate from tasks that are menial and repetitive to ones that require critical thinking and demand higher accountability.
In maximizing the collaborative robot applications, you can meet your business goals and promote upskilling across the board.