Cobots

It was about a year ago that I last posted on ‘cobots’ (see this blog post “Myth Busting Cobots”) and I thought it was worth revisiting the area to see if much had changed. In reality, not much has but the hype and push towards ‘cobots’ hasn’t gone away. So in summary, where is the market today: Cobots are still only predicted to be 20-30% of the overall global market in 2025 but locally in the UK, they’ve yet to get above 5% Cobots are the panacea that will solve all your manufacturing problems; if you believe the marketing people… Cobots are still governed by ISO10218 and TS15066 (both of which have just started their review cycles) Cobots are limited in payload and speed partly because of the above and partly because the safety cases for them are still harder to make than traditional robots The prices of cobots has come down a little, but in reality a similar sized (and faster) robot will still cost less today So if the hype around these robots hasn’t diminished, are they really useful? I’ve never believed that they don’t have their place in the factories of the future. But I’ve always cautioned against believing that they are the only robot that you would ever need. My view has always been that for a great many applications, a ‘cobot’ is simply not...

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