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Discovering Cobot History @ Automate 2019!

Emmet Cole
by Emmet Cole. Last updated on Apr 10, 2019 5:12 PM
Posted on Apr 10, 2019 1:24 PM. 2 min read time

We found a fascinating piece of cobot history on display at Universal Robots' booth...

Collaborative robots have come a long way in a very short period of time.  It seems like just 5 years ago at trade shows people were talking about cobots as an almost magical new breed of low-cost robots that don't require a safety fence, can be set-up in minutes  and can operate safely right next to humans.

Today, of course, cobots are well-established and trusted solutions.  And at the same time, cobots remain the fastest growing segment of the industrial robotics market.  It's a good place for a technology to be. 

Our friends and partners at Universal Robots --the most successful cobot firm of them all-- has been a pioneering presence in the field of commercial collaborative robotics from the very beginning.  

Since the company's official foundation in 2005 and its first sales in Denmark and Germany in 2008, Universal Robots has sold more than 31,000 cobots.

So, we were very excited to discover this piece of cobot history on display at the Universal Robots booth (#7154) this morning!  

Meet 'Easybot', Universal Robots' very first collaborative robot...

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Universal Robots' 'Easybot' on display at Automate 2019 Credit: Robotiq

In ten years of service, Easybot helped produce more than half a million pieces for European glass supplier Gern Glass. 

Easybot is retired from use and now it's on tour; a fascinating piece of cobot history and a reminder of just how far human-robot collaboration has come in a little over a decade. 

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Credit: Robotiq

Read about the history of Universal Robots here.

Enjoy Easybot in all its glory...



Coming Next: MORE Cool Tech for Manufacturers @ Automate 2019!


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Emmet Cole
Written by Emmet Cole
A freelance robotics writer since 2006, Emmet is an Economist contributor, and a regular contributor to Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends. His writing on robots has also appeared in Wired, BBC Future, BBC Focus magazine, Space Quarterly, and numerous other outlets.
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