Cobots bring solutions to the challenges in manufacturing.

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Areas mainly addressed: Robotics and AI/Big Data Value, Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic implications of robotics, Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics 

Main questions to be answered: 

· Challenges in the automotive manufacturing industry, and why industrial robots cannot resolve these issues, and why cobots can provide better solutions. We will discuss from safety, working efficiency, costs and social acceptability aspects. 

· Industry 5.0 and the increasing attention of human-robot interaction accelerates the adoption of cobots. The EU regulations and proposal from large European carmakers have promoted the development of cobots. 

· What is holding back SMEs from adopting cobots – hard to evaluate payback time, unable to reduce human operators after introducing cobots, and low operational speed. Several practical Japanese SMEs will be listed as examples for people to discuss. 

WS Description: This session aims to let people understand the evolving technology – cobots. The current manufacturing industry is facing significant challenges such as low-volume high mix manufacturing, more differentiation from the products, bringing human operators back to manufacturing, and enhancing the productivity of SMEs. 

Intended outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshops engaging non-roboticists to understand needs/goals (policy, commercial, technical), Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper 

Approach: 1-5 minutes: Personal introduction and an overview of the presentation topic 

5-30 minutes: PowerPoint presentation on the topic covering key technology transitions, policy impacts, and recent developments of collaborative robots in the automotive manufacturing industries in and outside Europe. In the middle of the presentation, there will be some interactive tools such as an online survey tool for collecting people’s opinions and discussing them openly. 

30-45 minutes: Q&A session, there will be an interactive poll asking for a quick survey, and the answers will be discussed. 

Contributors: Yulin Wang 

Further information: Collaborative Robots (Cobots) 2023-2043: Technologies, Players & Markets: 

Service Robots 2022-2032: Technologies, Players & Markets: ht 


· Yulin Wang,, IDTechEx

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Room 200 – Floor 2
16 March - Specific operating environments
Yulin Wang