Collaborative Robots (Cobots) in Logistics

What are Cobots

Cobots, or collaborative robots, are robots made for direct human robot interaction where humans and robots are working together in close when compared to the traditional method of robots working in isolation. This is very closely applicable in warehouses. As humans and robots have to work in correlation Cobots are built undertaking safety measures with lightweight construction materials, rounded edges, and inherent limitation of speed and force, or on sensors and software that ensures safe behaviour.

Cobots in Logistics

At present, robots are being utilized for specific tasks, such as picking and packing up items from one place to another over and over again. Here Cobots never replace human jobs but may instead create new jobs, in which manpower is required to work in accordance with the precision of Cobots. And that is obvious; Cobots are just robots that are capable of working with human ability and flexibility.

Advantages of Cobots

  • Reduced Costs and Increased revenue – Though initial cost is high, Cobots boost productivity and optimize human labour
  • Easy Initialisation – It is easy to implement Cobots in the existing system
  • Safety Enhanced – In most of the warehouse facilities, the human labor is at risk and prone to error. Cobots have become a solution to this.
  • Enhanced Productivity – Cobots guide humans and remain them focussed. Thus increase productivity.

Though Cobots are not being used in 80 percent of the Logistics industry at present, it is definitely going to be a necessity not only in logistics but in industries like manufacturing and production also.