Robotics are often perceived to fit into difficult/precise production lines of advanced manufacturing plants. However, as sensing technology advances, robotics can be used in a greater variety of production situations across a wider range of sectors.
Collaborative robots are aiding productivity as food and drink manufacturers safe guard their quality. Food manufacturers are at the forefront of requests for automated 100% vision inspection systems for their production lines as this enables them to reach their product inspection target, ensuring they deliver high quality products and as a result save money and safe-guard contracts. Robots operating within the workplace is one of the hot topics engulfing UK industry. They are set to play an influential role in shaping the global economy for generations to come. Vision systems for collaborative robots help to enhance productivity. This new generation of robots is unlocking new markets and applications as they work with human workers, increasing labour and total factor productivity and eliminating the need for costly precision fixtures allowing different parts to be processed and inspected without changing tools.