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Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots are designed to operate in close proximity and sometimes in tandem with humans for a variety of applications including assembly and manufacturing, home care, and service work. Traditional industrial robots are not equipped to recognize or respond to human presence and are thus fenced off to ensure worker safety. In contrast, the International Federation of Robots defines four types of collaborative robot interactions in an assembly setting: coexistence, in which the robots are not fenced off but do not share a workspace with humans; sequential collaboration, in which robots and humans share the same workspace and have sequential actions; cooperation, in which robots and humans work on the same part at the same time; and responsive collaboration, in which robots respond in real-time to human movement.


Top 10 Corporate Owners


 
Issued Patent Count   
 
Published Application Count

Corporation Patents and Published Applications Count
1. Fanuc Ltd., A Corp Of Japan
 
 
119
2. Walmart
 
36
3. Toyota Motor Corporation
 
 
23
4. Panasonic
 
 
23
5. Omron Corporation
 
 
22
6. Inventor
 
 
22
7. Seiko Epson Corporation
 
 
19
8. Yaskawa Electric Corporation
 
 
18
9. Battelle Memorial Institute
 
 
17
10. Boeing
 
 
17




Invention Categorization and Classification

Categorization and Classification Patents and Published Applications
  • control
  •  
    368
    165 human interaction , 101 misc , 83 sensing , 19 machine learning
  • components
  •  
    29
    29 components
  • robotic systems
  •  
    215
    215 robotic systems
  • application
  •  
    226
    72 consumer , 59 medical , 41 retail , 34 manufacturing , 20 misc


    Recent Published Activity in Collaborative Robots as of January 22, 2021