Collaborative Robots in Component Assembly
Collaborative robots for component assembly are specifically designed to support and execute the operator’s activity efficiently and with high accuracy. A collaborative robot has the strength and rigidity that allows it to relieve the operator of tedious and repetitive tasks. Cobots are mainly programmed to perform difficult and heavy operations in order to reduce the risk of injury to the person it assists.
Collaborative robots are also designed to be robust in order to make the operator’s work more comfortable and to have the ability to continuously repeat the same positions and operations. The operator can quickly program it from a simple control interface. Manufacturers who wish to optimize their production and who integrate the collaborative robot will see the time for the assembly of their components reduced.
On some models, it is possible to program the cobot to work in idle mode and to resume its maximum speed when the operator enters or leaves the work area. It should be noted that collaborative robots do not require the installation of a protective cage since they are programmed and set up to be able to work alongside humans and interact with them smoothly and safely. They therefore carry detection sensors that allow them to know where the operator is at all times.
Applications of cobots include picking and placing, packaging, research and development testing, assembly, production testing, screwing, machine loading, liquid dispensing, etc.
Future Trends in Collaborative Robots
In the field of industrial robotics, mobile collaborative cobots are one of the upcoming trends. Autonomous or on platform, mobile cobots are more flexible. They navigate easily in a factory using a laser guidance system, without ground markings or magnets. Just like static guinea pigs, they offer the same safety and can work close to and with humans.
Collaborative robots of the Industry of the Future integrate artificial intelligence and work with it. Artificial intelligence gives the cobot the ability to reproduce a task, or even improve it as it performs the task it is taught through its programming. It will only be necessary to show the cobot the basic functionality.
On some cobot models, some designers are working on language functionality to allow a dialogue between the collaborative robot and the human. The designers can design a cobot according to the specific needs formulated by professionals. It is certain that collaborative robots for component assembly are a definite part of the Industry of the Future.