Robots and human workers working side by side at the same workstation and at the same time? Without virtual or physical barriers? It’s possible – with sensitive robots that use sensors to measure and adjust the amount of force they deploy. The BionicCobot even goes one step further as its movements are modelled on those of humans.

Whenever we as human beings turn, push or lift something, we actuate two muscles simultaneously with every simple movement. Take arm wrestling for instance. The agonist is the muscle that pushes. The antagonist is the muscles that resists. This mechanism inspired the developers behind the bionic lightweight robot to give it naturalistic patterns of movement. One of the advantages of a pneumatic drive system, i.e. a compressed-air system, is that it yields by its very nature, which means human workers and robots are able to work safely as a team. The flowing movements of the BionicCobot (short for ‘bionic collaborative robot’) are reminiscent of our own, which makes for an altogether more intuitive collaboration.

BionicCobot, acquired from FESTO, 2017

Inv.Nr. AUP-0017-L