|14 July 2016|

Germany

Collaborative robots (co-bots) designed to work alongside humans are to be used by the Ford Motor Company.

The three foot high co-bots will be involved in fitting shock absorbers to Fiesta cars

“Robots are helping make tasks easier, safer and quicker, complementing our employees with abilities that open up unlimited worlds of production and design for new Ford models,” said Karl Anton, director, vehicle operations, Ford of Europe.

Safety is of paramount importance so the co-bots have high-tech sensors capable of detecting an arm or a finger in their path, which would prompt them to stop immediately.

Ford is also looking at programming co-bots to do other tasks including shaking hands and making coffee.

“We are proud to show the capabilities of our new generation of sensitive robots that are supporting and collaborating with Ford workers by carrying out ergonomically difficult and technically challenging tasks,” said Klaus Link, key account manager, Ford, KUKA Roboter GmbH. “As part of our close partnership with Ford and based on the feedback from employees, we are looking forward to further challenges.”