Depending on the process you want to automate, there is many flexible tools that will help optimize your automation by enhancing your robot arm capabilities.
Obviously, grippers are commonly used to pick up and handle objects.Therefore, they should be seamlessly integrated with the cell in regards to its safety, flexibility, and ease of use. They should enhance gripping abilities, not create disadvantages or limitations for future use or re-deployment.
Adding a force sensor to the end of the robot arm will open up the possibility to perform tasks which require information about interaction forces. Force control allows you to specify the interaction forces that the robot applies onto the parts or in the processes.
Next, robotic vision can remove some very important limitations of a robot. However, with this flexibility also comes complexity. Vision systems are getting easier and easier to use, but still require programming skills not common to every worker or company.
Those are the main automation tools that we see being used with cobots, but what if there was even more ways to enhance your collaborative robot?