Cobots have been expected to provide the missing link towards flexible production by simple programming and the cobots’ ability to work next to human workers without the need to install cumbersome and space-intensive fences. Before these expectations can be met, however, we need to identify what the current barriers and development needs for cobots are from the point of view of both industry and academia. An online questionnaire considering the deployment of collaborative robots was answered by robot manufacturers and distributors, system integrators, end-users, and the academia. In all groups, the most significant barrier towards adopting cobots was the lack of knowledge of, for example, potential applications, reference cases, safety legislation, and ease-of-use. The most significant development needs were about new ways of allocating work between human workers and cobots, and safety technology. There were differences between the answers from representatives of various sectors. This paper describes the current needs of the Finnish industry and shows that slightly different issues were raised in the academia. In addition to finding new ways of co-working with cobots, safety remains an issue, and there is a generic lack of knowledge regarding cobots. This paper helps in focussing research efforts to support the deployment of cobots in the industry.
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|MoE publication type||A4 Article in a conference publication|
|Event||International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2019 - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland|
Duration: 24 Jun 2019 → 28 Jun 2019
Conference number: 29
- collaborative robots
- development needs