Collaborative robots have opened a new era of automation. Many companies came back to robotics and others companies to try it out. A robot is really collaborative only if the tool it uses is also. But it is not its only quality, nor its only use.
Many small industries are questioning themselves on the whole manual assembly process and in doing so, challenge their processes but also their products, because the difficulties that can overcome a well-trained operator are often too important for a “reliable” automation.
Another segment that appears is the "real" collaboration where the robot relieves the operator by helping him on a complex and very difficult task to do alone.
In this segment, robots are powerful robots used with the safety that it takes to put the collaborator in confidence.