Collaborative robots can be termed as smart robots compared to the traditional robots. Take a mobile phone for example, the smart phones that we use today cannot be compared to the traditional feature phones that introduced the mobile phone to the world or even to the traditional landline phones that had to have a fixed line.
Now, we can move around around with our phones, control and access our houses from miles away and even hail a cab or book for accommodation half-way around the world. Thanks to technology and advancements in software engineering.
Software on the other hand has led to robots becoming collaborative and has made significant impact in the world of robots in their use, monitoring and the final product.
Here are a few ways that software has impacted the use of collaborative robots:
1. They are easy to use
Unlike traditional robots that had to be programmed by heavily specialized professionals, collaborative robots eliminate this expense by having an uncanny ability to learn fast and easily.
With the software they use, collaborative robots are easily trained to understand and perform tasks assigned to them. There are two ways to teach them. One, through the user interface or two physically.
Through the user interface, you can program step by step instructions on how to complete a task and they will follow it to the letter. Or, you can hold their movable hand in learn mode and show them how to actually complete a task physically. They can then be assigned and left to complete the task.
2. Enhanced safety in the use of robots
With advancements in robots software, cobots are much safer than traditional robots. The inherent safety features allow the cobots to reduce the chances of accidents happening in the workplace between robots and human workers.
Their safety software enables cobots to sense human presence. When this happens, it can respond by slowing down its work process or coming to a complete stop. Once human presence is at a considerably safe distance from the robot, it starts up again and proceeds with its task.
Software enables collaborative robots to enable the quick and perfect production of goods. Through force sensing software, the robot knows how it should handle different types of goods. As a result, it is able to handle products such as processors in electronic products and also carry out tasks such as screwing and lifting which require considerable force or exertion.
4. Ability to “see”
Through advanced software, collaborative robots have the ability for vision. This helps them carry out inspection tasks especially in ascertaining the quality of products produced.
Through hardware such as cameras which is run by the vision software, cobots can now see and are much better at ensuring increased quality of goods and accuracy in the production process on all tasks assigned to them.
5. Performance monitoring
Human workers on every level of the company are monitored. With a specific you robot software, companies can also monitor the performance of their robots. Questions on production capacity per hour and whether this can be improved have ready answers and solutions can be gotten from the data that is made and recorded by the robots.
When robots have a problem, it is easily identified and rectified. If the operator at a particular factory cannot handle the problem on their own, the software provides a platform through which they can communicate with other robot owners or the manufacturer for a quick solution.
6. Using the robots to design products
In this age products, consumer tastes and preferences vary. As a result, factories have to adapt to them and produce products that will cater to the changing tastes. With the numerous design software available for collaborative robots, factories can use the robots to come up with product designs that are appealing to their customers, carry out a survey on how well it can do in the market and if approved, embark on production and sale with urgency.