Collaborative robots, nicknamed cobots, are the more accessible, approachable descendants of traditional industrial robots. They’re smaller, less expensive, and, thanks to intuitive software, easier for non-experts to program. Built-in safety features expand the types of jobs they can accomplish and allow them to perform complex operations side-by-side with human workers. They can even be reprogrammed to switch between tasks in the same facility, making them flexible and cost-effective. It’s time for manufacturers who thought robotic automation was out of reach to revisit that assumption. Is a cobot right for your company after all?