Cobotics is a branch of technology which combines human intervention, biomechanics, robotics and cognitive technology. It is built upon the close collaboration between a human being and a robot programmed to assist him in some of his duties. Cobotics technology enables employees to perform tasks which they are not physically able to undertake on their own (such as manipulating bulky parts or heavy parcels weighing up to 200 kg). Cobotics substantially reduces risks of work-related accidents and contributes to significant productivity gains.
Cobotics technology as a support to employee health
Employers who use cobotics are also aware that it helps reduce absenteeism rates, resulting from musculoskeletal disorders, which may themselves arise from certain repetitive tasks performed by employees. These benefits can be observed in all sectors of industry where cobotics technology is used (more particularly in the food-processing industry, in aeronautics, or in the production of capital goods).
Use of cobotics in the medical field
Cobotics is commonly used for surgical procedures demanding a level of accuracy which a surgeon is not able to meet. The famous Da Vinci robot was successfully used to remove a kidney ; not only did it help the donor experience better post-surgery conditions, it also provided the recipient with a better transplant.