Industry Trends Cobots – the factory of the future

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Collaborative robots are now trending in the manufacturing space. Hannover Messe will welcome leading cobot players from across the globe to showcase their innovative technologies at this mega platform.

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The Research and Markets report states that the global cobot market is projected to grow to 3,811.483 million dollars by 2021.
The Research and Markets report states that the global cobot market is projected to grow to 3,811.483 million dollars by 2021.
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Sophia, the famous humanoid robot has the world amazed with her gentle nature and compelling intelligence. Developed by Hong Kong-based company, Hanson Robotics, the robot is quite a marvel to watch. Saudi Arabia went ahead and even offered her citizenship, the first for any robot. On this occasion, Sophia said, “I am very honoured and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical – to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with a citizenship.”

Mitra, a 5-foot tall robot manufactured in India welcomed Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. This is just the beginning of collaborative robots more popularly known as cobots. Cobots are used for high-precision tasks, which are usually repetitive in nature. The smart collaborative robots are flexible, user-friendly, smaller in size and lighter in weight compared to industrial robots. According to one of the leading market research resources, Research and Markets, the global cobot market is projected to grow to 3,811.483 million dollars by 2021.

Cobots in the manufacturing industry

The rise of cobots in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is happening right now. For example, one of the world’s leading research and innovation hubs in nano-electronics and digital technologies, Imec along with the universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and University of Hasselt, and five industry partners came together to develop a collaborative robot called “Walt”. The cobot works closely with its human co-partners to carry out work on the shop floor in an efficient way. Walt is already making heads turn at Audi Brussels’ production facility.

The Nissan Motor Company makes use of Universal Robots’ UR10 robot arms at its Yokohama factory in Japan to enhance and automate its production lines. The collaborative robotic arms reduce production time and improve product quality of the Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer. Similarly, other automobile giants including Toyota Motor Corporation, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and many others have also integrated cobots in their production processes.

Cobots at Hannover Messe 2018

To explore this growing trend further, one of the mega industrial technology trade shows, Hannover Messe, will be showcasing the latest technologies in cobots along with live demonstrations all under one roof. The fair has organised a competition and present the “Robotics Award” to encourage innovations in the field of industrial automation, which will be held at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Germany. The fair will take place from 23–27 April 2018.

Come and witness the rise of the machines here!

This article first appeared on www.maschinenmarkt.international.

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