Smarter, smaller, simpler: What’s ahead for robots in packaging?: Page 5 of 7

By John R. Henry in Robotics on February 13, 2018

Photo courtesy of Universal Robots.


5. Works well with others

Traditionally robots and people have not played well together. Robots needed to be caged like dangerous animals to prevent injury to their human colleagues. Collaborative robots have opened up a whole new way of thinking about robots and people. Collaborative robots, such as the one pictured from Universal Robots, can work alongside a person with no guarding in many applications. They do this by using sensors, elastic servo motors and other technologies. The key is that if the human gets close to the robot, the robot stops before any harm is done. This lets the robot act more like a tool assisting the operator and making them more productive.

Tools don’t take people’s jobs, they make them easier and more productive. Think of a carpenter with a handsaw versus a carpenter with power saw.


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