Universal Robots’ Collaborative Robotics Idea Card

The Collaborative Robotics Idea Card is the manifesto drawn up by the 12 leading automation and robotics experts in our country. They took part in the course of the States General of Collaborative Robotics which was held last November 26th.

The States General of collaborative robotics

For these States General , Universal Robots gathered institutions, representative bodies, trade unions, automation and robotics experts from the country from universities, research centers, competence centers and large industrial players to address various issues. Between these:

  • Role of robotics as a tool for the organic growth of Italian companies;
  • Reflections on robotics as a tool for raising the condition of the worker;
  • New factory models;
  • Reflections and analysis on the application difficulties that companies encounter in adopting robotic tools;
  • The role of collaborative robotics in healthcare settings;
  • The impulse of robotics to innovation in a broad sense: research, design, new products.

The Card of Ideas

Universal Robots presented the collaborative charter on April 14, 2021 during a press conference held by Alessio Cocchi , country manager of Universal Robots, and Bruno Siciliano , professor of robotics at the University of Naples Federico II and coordinator of the team of work on robotics within the Ministry of University and Research.

Today we have launched a path that will continue over the next few months with a series of events each dedicated to an idea contained in the Charter. Events designed to "give legs" to ideas, discuss them, deepen them, equip them with actions and tools that make them a concrete common heritage for the country. The message received by the Minister of Mass confirms that attention to these issues is high at the institutional level. The time is right to bring this technology into the economic and social debate.

Alessio Cocchi

The online conference was attended by more than 300 people including journalists, industrial operators. The Charter was made available for download on the Universal Robots website in the days following the presentation. “Innovation forces a radical change of mentality” . With these words, the Minister of University and Research Maria Cristina Messa accompanied the presentation of the Charter of Ideas, perfectly framing the role that cobots, a contraction of collaborative robots, have played in recent years.

The path you have started with the States General of Collaborative Robotics, involving those you have defined as "the first, second and third states of the great nation of robotics", that is the world of research, that of training, that of companies alongside representatives of workers, I think it is the winning one to achieve the objectives; at times tiring, but winning. Education (therefore universities, academies, conservatories), research and businesses are also the pillars around which, and with which, we build our future as a community. Pillars that must support each other, cross each other with imaginary staircases and elevators, which must know how to listen to each other, confront each other, exchange good practices and critical issues.

Maria Cristina Messa

The importance of collaborative robotics

Collaborative robotics has forcefully inserted itself within industrial automation processes, forcing it to adapt to the presence of these new machines. The possibility of having robots that collaborate directly with humans without the presence of cages or barriers represents the definitive turning point for obtaining total integration of robots in industrial processes.

As the Universal Robots website states: "Collaborative robotics is the form of automation that takes human-robot collaboration to the highest level, to achieve a common production goal."

The possibility of being a meeting point for the skills expressed by operators and robots represents one of the greatest, albeit most hidden, advantages of collaborative robotics. In applications that include the use of cobots it is possible to combine precision, repeatability and productivity with problem solving skills, creative skills and know-how, which are instead a typically human contribution. Cobots are able to strongly influence the industrial process so as to respond effectively to the continuous search for product customization.

This scenario is called Industry 5.0 . It represents the evolutionary step that from the pushed integration of automation processes (known as industry 4.0), passes to the sharing of spaces, skills, activities between men and machines, giving rise to open and compact layouts.

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