Summary of Advanced Robotics
Robotics is, as with most other digital technologies, undergoing a major shift currently. Robotic systems are becoming increasingly Adaptive, Collaborative and Connected. Adaptation in Robotics represents a seismic shift in how we approach the design and deployment of systems. Sensorisaiton and Intelligence are allowing systems to dynamically update the models of their surroundings, allowing them to adapt to changing conditions. This is opening the possibility for advanced and complex interactions & processing. A key extension of Adaptation is the interaction with the Human work-force. Human-Robot Collaboration has become a reality with the introduction of next-generation Collaborative Robots (Cobots) and supporting equipment & processes. Finally, Robotic systems are becoming connected and gaining access to resources (data, computational and sensory) that go beyond their immediate locale. These systems are being integrated into systems-of-systems and are providing a translation path between the digital & physical worlds in the context of Industry 4.0.
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Cobots are being extensively utilised to combat RSI related safety issues and facilitate a flexible automated transfer of work-in-process between work stations, this allows resources to be reallocated to higher value-add activities.
The term Cobots takes in a wide range of emerging technologies including robotic arms and autonomous transport systems. In support of these, there is a strong ecosystem of vision and sensing technologies as well as end-of-arm tooling.
Here at Irish Manufacturing Research, we have a number of activities under way in the spaces of human-robot interaction, safety considerations and standards as well as how Cobotics integrates with the wider Manufacturing 4.0 framework.