Cobots are well suited to the automation of riveting processes in areas such as automotive, where rivet repetition is high and accuracy and throughput are important. Cobots are collaborative by nature, their smooth design, lack of pinch points, integrated force feedback and speed mean they are able to work with humans, next to humans and in a shared space with humans. This level of deployment flexibility allows them to be deployed onto tasks in many ways, such as collaboration with a riveting system.
Utilising a HRC (human-robot collaboration) approach, the KUKA LBR iiwa can be deployed to work directly with operators, responding to touch and perfectly supplementing riveting processes by leaving the operator in full control of every rivet.
For other deployment methods, Cobots such as the Omron TM can be used to automate riveting systems.