However, companies that are developing innovative and integrated cobot concepts must meet a wide range of requirements. To increase production flexibility, efficiency and quality, they will need to carefully develop the interaction between mobile robots, cobots and other elements – such as integrated apps, support and risk assessment, and camera and vision technology. What key aspects do companies need to consider and what are the best ways of using smart camera and image processing systems with cobots?Using tools to aid cobot movements For applications in which flexibility and quality are more important than speed, cobots can be combined with user-friendly software tools and integrated sensor functions. Examples include machine vision systems that have localisation options. Some cobots can navigate using a landmark tool. The marking is easily recognised by the robot’s built-in camera and can be used as a reference point for its movements. This enables it to know how to move to the correct positions, which is particularly helpful when objects or devices are moved during production, or when the cobot is transferred to another workstation...
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