Cobots are not as simple as plug & play – there are several things you need to handle before you can integrate a cobot in your shop.

Collaborative robots have become an important part of smart manufacturing, as they can operate completely autonomously, and significantly speed up manufacturing processes.
However, they can also work safely alongside humans in a shared workspace. Contrary to popular belief that they will replace humans, they can actually help them work more efficiently. After all, they are called collaborative robots, or cobots.
Collaborative robots are very easy to integrate. You can have them up and running in a very short time. With easy to program robotic software, you can teach them to perform their tasks flawlessly, and with minimal effort.

However, they are not as simple as plug & play – there are several things you need to handle before you can integrate a cobot in your shop. Here’s what questions you need to answer first.

1. ARE THE PROPER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE?

Many people make an assumption that a cobot is perfectly safe right out of the box. They think that it’s not necessary to conduct risk assessments, as collaborative robots are safe and, thus, their application is safe.

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