Collaborative robots have a number of unique aspects. Consider their compact size, rapid deployment and ability to collaborate with human operators. What is also unique about a cobot, unlike traditional robots, is the way it is programmed. In this blog, we take a closer look at programming a cobot and why it is so unique.
Unique features of programming cobots
Programming cobots differs from traditional robot programming in several ways:
Intuitive programming interfaces
Modern cobots come with intuitive graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that allow even non-technical operators to learn tasks. These GUIs use drag-and-drop functionality, icons and simple instructions, shortening the learning curve and increasing accessibility.
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Cobots can be programmed by physically guiding them through tasks. For example, an operator can grab the cobot's arm and guide it through a series of movements, which the robot will record and repeat. This eliminates the need for complex, code-based programming.
Collaborative robots are able to make real-time adjustments based on changing conditions. Sensors enable them to detect obstacles, adjust their speed and even stop if they detect an unexpected presence, contributing to workplace safety.
The adaptability of cobots
It has been mentioned a few times above, but the software ensures that cobots have the ability to adapt. This is not only because of the user-friendly software, but also because of the features below.
Cobots are designed with modular end-effectors (the tool at the end of the robot arm). This means operators can easily replace end-effectors to make the robot suitable for different tasks, from handling delicate electronics to welding metal parts.
Variable speed and power
The power and speed at which a cobot operates can be adapted to specific tasks. This makes it possible to perform finely detailed tasks where precision is required, as well as heavy tasks that require higher power.
Modern cobots are equipped with advanced vision systems and sensors that can detect and identify objects. This enables them to adapt tasks based on the objects they work with, making them highly versatile.
Adjustments to cobots can be made quickly and easily. Operators can manually move the robot arm and save the new position, allowing the robot to adapt to changing production needs without extensive reprogramming.
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Programming collaborative robots, or cobots, is undeniably unique and innovative compared to traditional robot programming. The combination of intuitive programming interfaces, direct interaction and real-time customisation allows these machines to be deployed quickly and efficiently in different workspaces and industries. What makes cobots even more unique is their adaptability, powered by modular end-effectors, variable speed and power, task recognition and easy reprogramming.
This ability to adapt tasks and collaborate with human operators in a safe way opens the door to new opportunities for automation in a variety of industries. Whether assembling complex electronics, packaging products or assisting in medical procedures. WiredWorkers is an expert in the field of automation and has already helped several companies implement collaborative robots. Contact us or schedule a free cobot consultation!