By Henry Cialone
President & CEO, EWI
When first developed, collaborative robots were sometimes viewed as just another fad. By now it’s become clear that collaborative robots – cobots – are both useful and affordable. Further, despite some initial beliefs that they would destroy manufacturing jobs, there are increasing indications that cobots can help companies address immediate workforce needs by operating alongside workers to do the repetitious or ergonomically challenging jobs that are hardest to fill. Improvements in productivity and quality are creating opportunities for new workers to join the modern workforce. Cobot technology is now becoming one of the most sought-after segments of robotics in the industry.
Nearly ten years ago, EWI realized that the advent of cobots could create great value for manufacturers and likely become a critical next step in robotics. We started to explore and then develop early applications with this set of technologies….
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