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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
 
 
125
2. Ocado Innovation Limited
 
 
103
3. Verb Surgical Inc.
 
 
61
4. Walmart
 
38
5. Toyota
 
 
30
6. Kindred Systems Inc.
 
 
30
7. Inventor
 
 
28
8. Panasonic
 
 
24
9. OMRON Corporation
 
 
22
10. Seiko Epson Corporation
 
 
21




Invention Categorization and Classification

Categorization and Classification Patents and Published Applications
  • Control
  •  
    450
    198 Human interaction , 123 Misc , 101 Sensing , 28 Machine Learning
  • Components
  •  
    50
    50 Components
  • Robotic Systems
  •  
    275
    275 Robotic Systems
  • Application
  •  
    387
    150 Retail , 78 Medical , 76 Consumer , 57 Manufacturing , 26 Misc


    Recent Published Activity in Collaborative Robots as of September 17, 2021