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Putting Collaborative Robots to Work — New Article

By Mike Garman on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


IMG_9035The introduction of collaborative robots into the marketplace is changing the face of industrial automation. Equipped with force-feedback detection that stops the motion of the robot when contact is made with a person or object, these so-called “cobots” can safely operate in the same workspaces as humans. As a result, the extensive safe guarding and safety-control interlocks typically required with traditional industrial robots may no longer be necessary, resulting in a number of significant advantages. A new paper, Putting Collaborative Robots to Work, provides an overview of cobots including advantages, limitations, and suggested applications.

To read the article, click here.

Mike Garman is Senior Engineer for Advanced Automation at EWI. He can be reached at mgarman@ewi.org.

 

 

 

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