Collaborative Robotics Making a Difference in the Global Pandemic

Mary Doyle-Kent, Peter Kopacek

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In March 2020 the world as we know it was shaken to the core by the Covid-19 global pandemic. This crisis has had a significant impact on the EU27 economy and triggered unprecedented policy responses across Europe and the globe. Collaborative Robotics, or Cobots, have made a significant difference to many manufacturing plants by facilitating social distancing between workers, introducing flexibility on the factory floor and allowing the plants to manufacture high quality items for use in the medical field. California-based DCL Logistics, a third-party logistics company, decided to employ Cobots to manage a 30% increase in orders in the immediate aftermath of the outbreak and the Cobots have led to a 300% increase in productivity and a 60% jump in labor cost savings [1]. This paper will look at these flexible robots and discuss the benefits they brought to manufacturing in a time of global crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigitizing Production Systems - Selected Papers from ISPR 2021
EditorsNuman M. Durakbasa, M. Güneş Gençyılmaz
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030904203
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021
EventInternational Symposium for Production Research, ISPR2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 07 Oct 202109 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364


ConferenceInternational Symposium for Production Research, ISPR2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Covid-19
  • Global pandemic
  • Human centred systems
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industry 5.0


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