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What is the difference between a cobot and a robot?

Cobots, also known as collaborative robots, have become increasingly popular in the automation manufacturing industry. These robots are designed to work alongside human operators, unlike traditional industrial robots that are programmed to complete automated tasks with very little or no human interaction. However, many people are still unclear about the differences between cobots and robots.

Here are four key differences between cobots and robots that you should know:

1. Partnership with Humans: Cobots are designed to act as assistants to human operators and are typically used in applications where they work alongside human operators. Traditional robots, on the other hand, are programmed to complete automated tasks with very little or no human interaction. They aren't designed with human safety as a key priority, and accidents are prevented using safety fencing and cages.

2. Safety: Cobots are equipped with features that allow seamless collaboration with humans. Many cobots are designed with detection features that enable them to operate in the same space as humans. They can immobilise with the slightest touch, preventing injury to the operator or anyone nearby. This eliminates the need for safety fencing and cages, as the cobot is designed to work around and collaborate with humans.

3. Ease of Use: Collaborative robots are very easy to program and can learn quickly. Unlike traditional industrial robots that require advanced programming skills, cobots can be given work instructions without coding. Operators can easily reprogram cobots and use them for a variety of tasks.

4. Functionality: Unlike traditional robots, cobots can easily be moved and utilised in different areas of production. Most can be mounted on any surface – horizontal, vertical, or even on the ceiling. They are often light enough to be carried by just one person, which is not possible with traditional industrial robots.

What is right for you?

When deciding whether an industrial robot or cobot is best suited for your project, several questions need to be addressed.

  • What are your automation goals?

  • How much space do you have for automation equipment?

  • Are your processes fixed or do they change regularly?

We can help you answer these questions and determine whether a cobot or traditional robot is right for you.

Contact us today and request a quote for your custom solution.

Call us: 01279 438605



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