As robotics gains momentum, more organizations are leveraging the capabilities of collaborative robots for non-conventional applications.
FREMONT, CA – The evolution in the robotics landscape has birthed a new generation of collaborative robots called cobots. The compact, affordable, and versatile units are designed to ease the workload of human workers and are widely used in various sectors, including industries and SMBs. Some of the more advanced units are equipped with robust capabilities such as deep learning and connected technology.
In the following four areas, the use of cobots is predominant:
Several greenhouses around the world are incorporating robotic technology to enhance their workflows. Cobot arms are leveraged to assist greenhouse workers in picking plants. It has enabled them to streamline repetitive tasks and relieve the labor shortage. The cobots leverage machine learning (ML) technology to automate the handling of seedlings, herbs, and other plants.
Robots are steadily migrating from food processing units to restaurants, bringing consistency and efficiency. Several restaurants are leveraging cobots with multiple end-of-arm tools and cloud-based monitoring capabilities to drive better customer engagement. Robots designed for burger-flipping can operate on grills and fryers and maintain an uptime of 100,000 hours, all the while complying with OSHA and food-safety standards. Major fast-food chains around the world are testing the potential of cobots to attract customers and maintain their competitive edge in the market.
The incorporation of robotic technologies in the operating room comes with strict compliance regulations and high-performance requirements. Also, surgeons need to possess specialized training in the use of such robots. Several research and development organizations are working on cobots designed to assist surgeons in precision surgeries. The cobots will be integrated with augmented reality (AR) to provide the surgeons with live feedback.
Premier aircraft manufacturers, including the Boeing Company, are testing the use of cobot arms in their robotic copilot concepts. It will potentially drive new levels of automation in the aviation sector, introducing enhanced capabilities to both the civilian and government aircraft. The cobots will be able to interact with cockpit controls by leveraging sensors, pilot interfaces, and flight control mission software. It will assist pilots, empowering them to perform at peak ability.
Cobots are also being leveraged on cruise ships, hotels, and pubs to enhance service and improve customer engagement. The global market for cobots is expected to grow to $12.3 billion by the year 2025. The incorporation of cobots will witness continued growth in automotive, electronics, and manufacturing, introducing improved safety and versatility.