“The apparatus, known as a collaborative robot or ‘cobot,’ may take a number of configurations common to conventional robots,” they write. “In place of the actuators that move conventional robots, however, cobots use variable transmission elements whose transmission ratio is adjustable under computer control via small servomotors. Cobots thus need few if any powerful, and potentially dangerous, actuators. Instead, cobots guide, redirect, or steer motions that originate with the person.”
Universal Robots USA, Inc.’s (UR) cobots are being employed in the food and agriculture industries along the supply chain, including production, processing, and distribution, says Douglas Peterson, MBA, general manager at UR, Ann Arbor, Mich.