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Cobots are on the rise. How do they differ from conventional industrial robots?
The concept for cobots (collaborative robots) was born in 1995 as part of a research project spearheaded by the General Motors Foundation. The idea was to make robots so safe that they could literally work hand in hand with people. Now, twenty years later, cobots have found a place on many factory floors – and also in public awareness. And yet many don’t really understand how cobots are different from robots.
The future belongs to self-learning robots that interact with human beings, explains Yoshiharu Inaba, Chairman and CEO of Fanuc, the Japanese robot and controller manufacturer. With robots, the entrepreneur seeks to handle future growth. And locally networked managers are intended to help them do so.