Making Cobots Mobile: The Future of Portable Robotics

Since it’s possible to update the route the cobots take with the app, companies might transport them to different places and use them at various worksites. Although that’s not a scenario the maker envisioned, it’s easy to see how it might be possible soon.

Safe and Portable Palletizing

Industrial companies often use robotic machines called palletizing cells to stack cases of products onto pallets. By doing so, they avoid putting employees at risk of the dangers of handling heavy items.

Gebo Cermex recently announced its CoboAccess_Pal, a fenceless, compact palletizing cell. Now, case handling occurs above a conveyor belt or the pallet station, eliminating the possibility of products falling onto employees. Plus, it can be moved with only one person and a pallet jack, and its system set up for the next task in under ten minutes.

That level of flexibility is ideal for large factories looking to meet their palletizing needs without investing in multiple pieces of stationary equipment. It’s an all-in-one solution!

A Bright—and Portable—Future for Cobots

Cobots have already revolutionized robotics by working safely around humans and helping accomplish tasks with greater accuracy in less time.

Now, portability presents an exciting opportunity for companies—whether enabling manufacturers to move cobots to different parts of factories, or allowing representatives to perform on-site demonstrations for potential customers.

Someday, cobots might be as mobile as construction crews are today. If so, they could be loaded onto trucks and travel alongside humans, who could deploy them for duty in an hour or less.

We expect the cobot adoption rate to increase as companies and industries realize their immense potential for portability. It’s an exciting time for collaborative robotics!

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