- By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
- July 12, 2020
By Bill Lydon
Accelerating the application of collaborative types of robots is the integration of vision systems with artificial intelligence, and this integration is enabling a range of new applications.
Collaborative robots are a new breed of lightweight and inexpensive robots, with safety features which enable people to work cooperatively with these devices in a production environment. Collaborative robots can sense humans and other obstacles and respond by automatically stopping so that they cause no harm or destruction. With these robots, protective fences and cages are not required and therefore they can many times be enabled flexibility and lower implementation costs. These robots are particularly attractive investments for small to medium sized companies, as the typical cost is less than $40,000 and their simplified programming means they can be deployed without hiring specialized engineers.
This breed of robots is following a similar pattern that ignited the personal computer revolution - providing a product with less power than larger offerings, but with added value for a broader number of users. The rate of robot adoption is accelerating throughout the world, particularly in China, which has become the largest purchaser of robots in the world.
The International Federation of Robotics report, WorldRobotics2019Industrial Robots, noted that in 2018, global robot installations increased by 6% to 422,271 units, the operational stock of robots was computed at 2,439,543 units (+15%).
This article is part of Bill Lydon’s Top Trends, his Automation & Control Trends Report for 2020-2021. Download the full report here
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