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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.


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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.