VIDEO: Making Cobots Accessible to Job Shops and SMEs
Isaac Maw posted on October 03, 2017 |

Collaborative robot technology teeters on the precipice of massive disruption in the manufacturing industry. According to Esben Østergaard, chief technology officer of Universal Robots, the only limit to the potential for growth in the collaborative robot market is the size of the manual labor market.

Despite this potential, most small and medium companies don’t know how automation could improve their business. Østergaard estimates that out of all the companies that could benefit from automation in their production processes, less than one percent already use it. That’s why companies like Universal Robots, Robotiq, and other robotics makers need to focus on educating manufacturers about the benefits of collaborative robots.

The ISO safety standard 10218 addresses safety requirements and guidelines for industrial robots, and was last updated in 2011. However, these provisions do not account for the much safer collaborative robots that are now available. Universal Robots was part of the committee that drafted ISO/TS 15066, which applies to robotic systems covered in ISO 10218, supplementing those guidelines. The new technical specification makes it easier for companies to integrate cobots into their factories, with a reliable document to guide them.

Armed with market growth potential, educating small and medium enterprises, and updates to the industry standards, collaborative robots are blazing a trail toward the factories of the future.

For more information about integrating collaborative robotics at your production facility, check out this in-depth free eBook.

Another great resource is this video about Robotiq’s lean robotics deployment methodology.

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