Human-assist Robots Gaining Traction in Industry

By Ed O'Brien

ARC Report Abstract


human-assist robots - Esko Bionics Upper Body Exoskeleton Assists Workers at Ford Auto Assembly Plant edohar.PNGARC Advisory Group sees a growing need for human-assist robots for workers in industrial plants, warehouses, and other settings.   Currently, industrial collaborative robots (“cobots”) predominate this space, but we’re also seeing a growing number of potential industrial human-assist applications for exoskeleton robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), delivery robots (and drones in some cases), and even surgical robots.

These types of robots can assist in tasks previously done solely by humans (or even assist other robots), making the underlying processes more efficient and productive.  

Many of today's progressive manufacturing organizations are leveraging the power and precision of robotics – both literally and figuratively – and melding these with the acquired knowledge and insight of humans.  This paradigm shift – the convergence of touch and technology in industrial robotics - offers the potential for greater productivity and efficiencies than would otherwise be available.

Increasing Efficiencies and Productivity with Human-assist Robots

As today’s manufacturers look for ways to improve their operating efficiencies and productivity, many are assessing ways to include robotics in their processes.  This can be particularly important in smaller-to-midsized manufacturing organizations, where resources - both financial and human - can be limited, but competitive pressures none-the-less intense. 

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Keywords: Collaborative Robots, Cobots, Industrial Assist Robots, Human-assist Robots, Exoskeletons, AGVs, ARC Advisory Group.

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