Industrial cobots continue to be a big trend in production and are used not only by major industrial players, but also increasingly by small- and medium-sized businesses.Yet, the market for collaborative industrial robots is still in its infancy relative to conventional robots – though uptake is increasing as end-users and system integrators gain experience in their design and implementation. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) began to produce statistics and forecasts on the market for collaborative industrial robots last year, based on sales figures of robot suppliers. In 2018, less than 3.24% (14,000 out of more than 422,000 industrial robots installed) were cobots, an increase of 23% over 2017.The IRF goes on to say that this figure is likely to increase as recent technology developments in sensors and grippers hold promise for expanding the range of actions the robot end-effector can perform. Another important element to increased uptake is that programming interfaces will become increasingly intuitive. To ensure that robots are supplied with data and power without any interruption, it is worth taking a look at the cables and hoses that have to "go along with" the 3D movement of industrial cobot arms.
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