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Cobots FAQs

What programming language are used for cobots?

Python, ROS (Robot Operating System), C/C++ or Java; These languages are widely used in robotic programing due to their versatility, flexibility and extensive library support.


Block Based (Blockly) or Graphical Programming, an intuitive graphical interface that allow users to program the robot by simply dragging and dropping blocks.


Teach Pendants, some cobots can be programmed using teach pendants where users physically guide the robot through tasks and record positions


Point to Point Programming which involves teaching the cobot movements manually.   A human operator demonstrates the steps of a task by physically moving the cobot's arm through each motion, recording the action, speed, trajectory, and position.


What is the minimum and maximum payload of a cobot?  

Cobots come in several models to cater to different types of operations. Typically, payload start at 3 kg (6. 6 lbs) and on the other side maximum payload tops off at 30 kg (66. 1 lbs).  


What is the minimum and maximum reach of a cobot?  

Cobots Generally can vary from a reach spanning from 500 mm to 1500 mm allowing them to handle tasks of all sizes. 


What types of end effectors work with a cobot?

Cobots can be fitted with a variety of end attachments such, as grippers, vacuum grippers, welding tools, sanding unit and more. Customization of end effectors to match a specific job requirement is common. 

How long does it take to set up and program a cobot?

Cobots can be set up and programmed within a few hours to a couple of days depending on the complexity of the application. You can also hire an integrator like Devonics Automation to help with the programing and integration.


What kind of maintenance is required for a cobot? 

Cobots are very low-maintenance, generally requiring only periodic cleaning/checking, rubbing of the joints with a low-friction synthetic lubricant, and occasional software uploads.   Calibration is recommended but not necessary.  


What is the cost of a cobot? 

Prices of cobots depend on the model and the kind of specifications, including payload and reach.  Most units come with the robotic arm, control box and software to control the operations of the cobot.  Cobots can range for $4,000 to over $80,000, the lower the payload and reach the lower the price, generally speaking.  

Cobots verses industrial robots? 

Using cobot instead of industrisal autoamtion can be cost effective because they are easily reprogrammable, require minimal maintenance and can offer a competitive return on investment.  Generally, no additional safety equipment is needed when an operator is working around a cobot.  Easy programming also lowers the time and cost of integration and deployment, hence a cobot is a good investment for various industries.

Can I use a cobot for welding?

Yes, you can use a collaborative robot (cobot) for welding. Cobots are increasingly popular in welding applications due to their flexibility, ease of programming, and ability to work alongside human operators.  Using a cobot for welding can enhance productivity, improve safety, and deliver high-quality welds.

Can I use a cobot for automation at a CNC shop?

Yes, you can use a cobot for automation at a CNC shop.  Cobots efficiently handle tasks like loading and unloading parts and machine tending, enhancing productivity. Their flexibility, ease of programming, and safety features make them ideal for improving efficiency and maintaining a safe working environment alongside human operators.

Can I use a cobot for automation at a machine shop?

Yes, you can use a cobot for automation at a machine shop. Cobots are perfect for tasks such as loading and unloading parts, machine tending, and material handling. They offer flexibility, ease of programming, and advanced safety features, enabling them to work safely alongside human operators. This enhances productivity and efficiency while maintaining a safe working environment. Cobots are also cost-effective, making them a suitable choice for small to medium-sized machine shops looking to improve automation.

Can I use a cobot for automation in a kitchen or restaurant?

Yes, cobots can be used for automation in kitchens or restaurants. They can handle repetitive tasks like food preparation, cooking, and cleaning. Cobots offer flexibility, precision, and safety, enhancing efficiency and consistency, and allowing staff to focus on more complex tasks, ultimately improving overall service quality.

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