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Collaborative Robotics as a concept is flexible. It can refer to the increasing sophistication, dexterity and flexibility associated with all robotic developments in early years of Industry 4.0, but more discretely refers to light and flexible articulated robotic arms that are targeted for the industrial space. Since 2008, the sale of these lighter and easily reprogrammable robotic systems have expanded at an exponential rate in the manufacturing world, with both traditional end users and smaller and medium size business benefits from the smaller form factor, increased safety and lowered cost of collaborative robots. But limitations in current hardware, failure to scale through utilization of digital technologies, reliance on external and adjacent technology developments, and a fractured regulatory landscape all hold back the advancement of these new systems.

This report delves into the often misunderstood collaborative robot market and offers technology-specific insights spanning multiple performance indicators such as cost, Reprogramability, arm sophistication and robotic cell efficiency. The report provides market data, product comparison and analyses the false dichotomy between collaborative robotics and industrial robots. It follows on by pointing to 8 ways technology developments will help collaborative robots converge with industrial robots to create a new standard for articulated arms that have the benefits of both categories and the weaknesses of neither. Additionally, this report offers an extended list of strategic recommendations for those looking to incorporate collaborative systems

Table of Contents

  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • 1.1. Recommendations
  • 2. INTRODUCTION
    • 2.1. Regulation
    • 2.2. How Cobots Know Where You Are
    • 2.3. Articulated Arm(6-axis)
    • 2.4. Articulated Arm (7-axis)
    • 2.5. Multiple Arms
    • 2.6. End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)
  • 3. FEATURES OF COLLABORATIVE SYSTEMS
    • 3.1. Typical Applications
    • 3.2. Key Performance Indicators for Robots
    • 3.3. Robotic Work Cells and System Integration
  • 4. BUSINESS TRENDS
    • 4.1. Small-to-medium Manufacturers
    • 4.2. Agile, Flexible Manufacturing
    • 4.3. Labor Pool Variability
    • 4.4. Automation Changes the Dynamics of Offshoring
  • 5. 8 TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED WAYS TO CONVERGE COLLABORATIVE AND INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS INTO NEW ROBOTICS
    • 5.1. Safety Through Tactile Sensors: Blue Danube Robotics
    • 5.2. Safety and Evolution Through Machine Vision: Veo Robotics Case Study
    • 5.3. Improved Interopability and a Common Platform: Ready Robotics
    • 5.4. Improved Access Through Opensource
    • 5.5. Improved Cybersecurity for Cobots and Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
    • 5.6. Hardware Improvements Through Mechatronics: Precise Automation & Productive Robotics
    • 5.7. Enablement Through 5G
    • 5.8. Enablement Through Chipset Providers
  • 6. MARKET AND CASE STUDIES
    • 6.1. Automotive
    • 6.2. Electronics
    • 6.3. Food Manufacturing
    • 6.4. Fulfillment
    • 6.5. Chemicals, Plastics, and Pharma
  • 7. VENDOR PROFILE FOR PURE-PLAY COBOT VENDOR
    • 7.1. Automata
    • 7.2. Doosan Robotics
    • 7.3. Productive Robotics
    • 7.4. Precise Automation
    • 7.5. Universal Robots (Teradyne)
    • 7.6. Techman Robot
  • 8. VENDOR PROFILE FOR INDUSTRIAL ROBOT VENDORS
    • 8.1. ABB
    • 8.2. Comau
    • 8.3. FANUC
    • 8.4. KUKA
    • 8.5. Yaskawa Motoman
  • 9. TRENDS
    • 9.1. UR Will Simplify the Market, System Integrators Will Simplify the Interface
    • 9.2. Odense, Silicon Valley, and East Asia
    • 9.3. Industrial Players Show Promise and Peril
    • 9.4. The SME Opportunity is Unrealized at Present