Over the years, the line between the task that can be undertaken by collaborative robots and industrial robots has slowly become blurry. Collaborative robots are poised to take a chunk of the market share from industrial robots by 2025.
Under normal circumstances, industrial robots are used for heavy industrial tasks. They perform these task under heavy safety barrier as they may be dangerous to humans. For collaborative robots, it is possible for them to function normally in the presence of humans without the need for barriers. However, collaborative robots can only perform automated tasks that do not necessarily need industrial strength.
This is slowly changing because collaborative robots are slowly advancing to becoming smarter, tougher and easier to use for different industrial functions.
Collaborative robots in the robotic welding industry
ARC specialties and Universal Robots unveiled the latest collaborative robots MIG welding system. It is known as the SnapWeld Collaborative Robot welding package available in the USA.
This is a cobots welding system with the ability to integrate into manual welding stations. With this system, these stations do not require large robotic work cells. Even so, the welding package still cannot handle tougher welding applications but is a perfect package for small welding shops that cannot afford the industrial robot systems.
Collaborative robots can take on tasks meant for industrial robots
At least 90% of long-term performed physically in manufacturing companies cannot be automated due to physical or budgetary limitations. This is because robots are not believed to be developed enough to adapt to most real-life variability.
However, there are collaborative robots equipped with different sensors and advanced robot technology to make them easier to program for these tasks. Ass collaborative robots become smarter, they become more independent and reactive. This makes it easy for manufacturers to program them for different tasks. In turn, this makes it possible for manufacturers to reach different production goals such as better responsiveness to market changes, prompt delivery to different client preferences, as well as increasing innovation speed.
These advanced capabilities is what makes collaborative robots ideal for setups traditionally thought to be meant for industrial robots. The long term ripple effect of this can be big. It can see manufacturing later their supply chain to incorporate the use of small collaborative robots.
Technological advances in collaborative robots will see more and more manufacturers adapt to the use these cobots in their day to day business. The intelligence presented by collaborative robots offers productivity and flexibility. These are desired qualities for any manufacturing company that seeks to make the most of their work and a higher ROI.
Collaborative robots trend to watch out for
A boom in collaborative robots research
There is expected to be a rise in the interest of different governments and private institutions in collaborative robots. If the goals set out by these institutions with regards to collaborative robots are achieved, it will mark a major breakthrough in the robotics market worldwide.
The food and beverage industry to become strongest users
The use of collaborative robots in the food and beverage industry is expected to override the use of cobots in any other market. This is mainly because pf the flexibility cobots are known for when it comes to handling time-consuming, repetitive and complex processes. Cobots technology gears to make collaborative robots the best choice for the simplest tasks like picking fruits to the most cumbersome tasks.
Go to robotics solution for startups
Collaborative robots automation is the future with regards to different industries including mining, healthcare, and the food industry. Their affordability, short integration time, as well as ease of control are motivational aspects that attract small manufacturing companies to using the technology. There was an estimated 110% in the manufacture and supply of cobots between the years 2010 and 2015. The trend is expected to continue and grow further before the year 2025.
Small startups can reap most of the benefits from the growing use and trends when it comes to collaborative robots.