How the Collaborative Robots Buyer's Guide Can Help You
Posted on Apr 23, 2018 7:00 AM. 2 min read time
Within Robotiq’s library of eBooks, there is one that stands out as a great place to start learning about collaborative robots. Unlike their fenced counterparts, these new and exciting robots can work alongside people without major safety risks.
If you’re thinking about entering the market and choosing “the ideal co-worker” – a cobot – then this is the place to be. Join us as we take a look at the Collaborative Robots Buyer's Guide.
Find the collaborative robot that fits your needs!
The collaborative robots eBook, 7th edition
The eBook begin with an exciting introduction before delving into some of the terminology surrounding collaborative robots. This terminology includes words like purpose, force limited robots, collaborative robots, and cobots.
All these terms refer to some of the technology and concepts behind collaborative robots.
“Cobot,” of course, is another term for collaborative robot. Knowing that these terms are interchangeable will help you navigate the market more confidently. Other terms, like “force limiting,” are important for understanding the safety features that go into today’s robots. For example, force-torque sensors allow robots to detect impacts and unforeseen forces.
The eBook then delves into comparisons of various types of robots on the market. In total, it covers 34 popular and emerging robots, and provides the key features of each robot, their targeted applications, and their main specifications.
Here's a sampling of the robots under discussion:
ABB Yumi—This robot is ideal for small assembly tasks. It features a lightweight design, agile motion, and padded dual arms for both safety and flexibility. It's suited to building consumer products, toys, and watches.
ABB Roberta—This robot has a 6-axis design, and was made to suit small- and medium-sized manufacturers who need flexible and efficient industrial automation solutions. It’s lightweight and easy to move around the floor.
Bionic Robotics BIOROB—This robot features a compliant drivetrain and low energy consumption, which makes it easy to work with. It doesn’t require nearby humans to have any additional safety equipment. It also has a unique, patented build structure that mimics the human arm.
BOSCH APAS—This robot has a black leather exterior that acts like a tactile skin to detect and prevent impacts. It also features a security perimeter that causes it to slow down whenever a person gets too close. The robot comes with a built-in 3-finger gripper, and can be affixed with 2D or 3D vision systems.
FANUC CR-35iA—This robot sports a 35 kg capacity. Unlike many other cobots, this one has a high lift capacity, making it suitable for a wider range of applications. This robot is perfect for performing a single task consistently, since the base of the robot is designed to be anchored in one place.
These are just some of the robots featured in the eBook. Download the whole eBook for free here to find out more about collaborative robots and your options on the market.