Challenges for collaborative robotics

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On 30 September last, the Directorate General for Enterprise (Direction Générale des Entreprises, DGE) and industry associations SYMOP and FIM held a technical seminar on the subject of “collaborative robotics and industry” within the framework of the plan for the “Industry of the future for industrial France”, and in particular the robotics plan, the equivalent of Germany’s Industry 4.0 plan.

To develop the collaborative robotics market, it is essential to meet numerous challenges such as development of the appropriate technologies (e.g. improvement of human detection technologies, static and dynamic obstacle avoidance strategies, software aspects of safe operation issues), or again acceptance by operators and psychosocial risk management.

It is from this safety perspective that the international standards (ISO 10218-1 and 2), which were produced in order to help robot manufacturers and automated system manufacturers respectively achieve the safety objectives stipulated by the regulations, will soon be revised.

The stated objectives of the Tech Day were to bring together robot manufacturers and industrial firms in order to compare the technologies on offer with the needs of various fields, to organize the market, etc. and to thus allow industrial firms and potential customers to discuss their needs. This seminar also proposed to investigate the challenges and prospects for collaborative robotics, and in particular the current limits of collaborative technologies, and the sectors of industry which could benefit from using this type of technology, as of now, but also over the coming years.

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