WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A COMPANY TO EMPLOY COBOTS?
“Just be open-minded and confide in the experts (like the ones in Konica Minolta) who developed our cobot solutions: CoboSense, FORXAI Cobot, and CoboVox. We just need to brainstorm with customers, using Design Thinking to guide our conversation, to identify their needs and co-develop the perfect fit for them. Customers know best how to optimize and automate their workflows, and as a roboticist, I am there to support them in identifying the right technologies.”
WHAT IS COBOSENSE AND WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
CoboSense is a multi-application cobot platform automating surface inspection and testing workflows in various industrial settings. It enables workers to put their testing samples in batches and get an overnight report with all necessary data.
“CoboSense needs human interaction to get its job done,” Dr. Ibrahimov explains, “and you can do your work and teach the robot what to do. So once CoboSense has learnt its part, the human can focus on other tasks and does not need to wait for the end results. Once the task has been completed, the worker can examine the results, verifying them with analytics and other data collected during the process by the machine.”
COULD YOU MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF A USE CASE FOR COBOSENSE?
“Wherever there is a repetitive, time-consuming, or boring task performed by humans, collaborative robots can step in for easy automation. This process enhancement opens opportunities for users to focus on other aspects while ensuring greater precision. Thanks to the unmatched accuracy of CoboSense, the valuable data which is generated with its help can be harnessed for further development and data analytics.
For instance, CoboSense excels in automating surface inspections, such as Visual Quality Inspection, or verifying the resistance to usage or chemicals of plastics, leather, or textile surfaces in cars, conducting tests with various sensors and visual methods, making it the ideal choice for streamlining the inspection process.
Another very practical example is the stain test, used to verify the resistance to oil and wine stains of a material (a plastic surface in a car, a laptop or the fabric of your T-shirt).”
HOW ARE YOU CONTRIBUTING TO THE WIDER ADOPTION OF COBOTS?
“Automation and especially cobots will be a great help to overcome the challenges of today and future manufacturing industry. To ensure the right approach to this topic, however, I really think international collaboration is of great importance.
That is why I am part of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control. It is a renowned non-governmental, nonprofit organization with around 50 national member organizations, shaping the development of automatic control in education, organizations, and industry for almost 70 years. Currently, I lead the national member organization of Azerbaijan and chair Technical Committee 9.5, focused on technology, culture, and international stability. Through research, events, and expert collaboration, we drive progress in this field for a brighter future.”