Small, collaborative robots, or cobots, are gaining currency across the world, as also in India. Several firms, be it Bajaj Auto or Aurolab, have benefited from the adoption of cobots and are planning to add more to their shop floors.
A cobot is intended to work hand-in-hand with humans in a shared workspace. This is in contrast to full-fledged robots that are designed to operate autonomously or with limited guidance. They support and relieve the human operator of his excess work.
How do they operate? examples:
In an auto factory, while the cobot tightens the bolts, the human worker places the tools in front of the cobot. In a biscuit factory, the cobot would package the biscuits while the worker segregates burnt ones not fit for consumption. In a small-scale industry, the cobot is placed on the drilling job while the worker performs a quality check.
Benefits of Cobots:
Cobots are easy to use, flexible and safe. Unlike industrial robots, cobots don’t need fencing for the protection of workers on the shop floor.