Collaborative Robot Sector Increased 61% in One Year

Published by , February 27, 2017 12:47 pm

(DesignNews)  Robot sales for assembly have increased a surprising 61% in just one year. Much of that growth is likely due to collaborative robots that are moving aggressively into assembly. Part of the attraction of collaborative robots is the low cost. Consumer electronics have helped make collaborative robots affordable.
Matt Fitzgerald, VP of product experience at collaborative robot producer Rethink Robotics recently explained the advantages of these machines that work side-by-side with human workers: “Collaborative robots are safe, easy to use, and fun. Examples include ABB’s YUMI, Rethink Robotics’ Baxter and Sawyer, KUKA Robotics ’ LBR’s iiwa, and the UR5 from Universal Robotics .”

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