On the contrary to conventional automation and robotics, in which the robots are fully automated, collaborative robotics aims at increasing the degree of human participation. Typical examples are in assembly applications, where robot tasks may be hardly affordable if completely automated, but become profitable if some actions are performed by workers, thanks to their flexibility and the supplementation of automation gaps with human capabilities and skills.
KITT4SME, in collaboration with the TRINITY-BRILLIANT project have realized a survey targeting manufacturing end-users, system integrators, and researchers on collaborative robotics to have a deep insight on this subject. The survey investigates several aspects, including:
- Which are the main collaborative robotics applications currently realized in the industry?
- Are these applications collaborative?
- How is collaborative robotics perceived, and which are the main challenges and barriers in adopting it?
- Which are the main research topics for the next years from the researchers’ perspective?
This activity, led by SUPSI-SPS Lab, follows what have been realised in the 2021, with the KITT4SME report on AI adoption, that was really appreciated by participants and by the community.