cobot recap: spinning around the collaborative robot and manufacturing spaces

in trending now by Jeff Green

The greater adoption of cobots - including the smaller and safer collaborative robot - is in line with the Thailand 4.0 policy.

From cobots giving small factories an edge to overseas developments in the industrial robotics space, here’s a quick spin around recent collaborative robot and manufacturing headlines.

Heavyweights forge robots for Thailand 4.0

According to the International Federation of Robotics, 2.32 million robots will be used worldwide this year, 41,600 of them in Thailand. The greater adoption of robots is in line with the Thailand 4.0 policy, which is targeting innovation as a means of fostering development. [This initiative] is focused on six areas: agriculture, service, small and medium-sized enterprises, devices, internet and creative economy. via Bangkok Post

Q&A: On the future of human-centered robotics

“The new success of robots will depend on how well they situate into human environments. As in chess, the strongest players are often the combinations of human and machine. I increasingly see that the three critical elements are people, robots, and infrastructure — all interdependent.”  -David Mindell, Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, via MIT News

Manufacturing Isn’t Dead, It’s Evolving

“I’ve been active in economic development for more than 30 years, and I don’t see an industry on its last legs. I see an increasingly efficient system that’s reshoring jobs and creating more opportunities for growth than the public might think.” –Steve Johnson, CEO, Missouri Partnership via

Armed with don’t-hurt-humans sensors, robots hit small factories

Technological advances have made industrial robots more compact and kinder. Collaborative models, members of a new generation called cobots, have sensors to prevent them from harming real-life colleagues. They’re also easier to set up and cheaper — the price can be as little as $25,000. Bloomberg via Information Management

Video: How Intelligent Vision Systems Improve Industrial Robotics Automation

“A lot of our customers desire this capability because after an hour of inspecting the same thing over and over, people tend to make mistakes. Having a robot that does that for them is a much more robust way of ensuring quality for their end users.” –Carl Palme, Senior Product Manager, Rethink Robotics via

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

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