Thanks to technological advancements, robots are now able to work alongside operators in close proximities, safely. While traditional industrial robots are bound to an enclosed cell, Cobots have features which limit their power and force to suitable levels so that they do not inflict harm.
Generally, Cobots are safe straight out of the box, providing they are operated within their safety limits. This is however, until you want to apply them in a real-world scenario and deliver actual value as this requires the use of end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) and other surrounding accessories, calling for a safety reassessment.
Every businesses’ operations vary in one way or another which ultimately affects the safety configuration of the final solution, there may even be scenarios where some of the Cobot’s safety features are sacrificed for performance, requiring an alternative safety solution.