Webcast: Evaluating Collaborative Robots Versus Industrial Robots

Are collaborative robots and industrial automation diverging or converging? Learn more in this free webcast.

Vecna Robotics

Vecna has partnered with RightHand Robotics, whose gripper is shown here with a UR cobot.
In the latest Robotics 24/7 Roundtable, expert speakers from Universal Robots and Vecna Robotics, as well as the Manufacturing Millennial, discuss collaborative automation.

Industrial automation has been a manufacturing mainstay for decades, but the rapid growth of collaborative robots promises to help businesses of all sizes. How do the latest cobots stack up against their industrial cousins, and for which applications are they ideal?

In addition, advances in sensors, motion control, and machine learning have enabled some industrial robots to become more collaborative. At the same time, cobot arms and certain mobile robots have gotten bigger in response to industry demand. Are the technologies converging?

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar will examine the state of cobots, new tasks and operating environments, and the software to manage them. The expert panelists will also discuss how end users and integrators should evaluate collaborative robots and industrial systems. This Robotics 24/7 Roundtable will discuss the following:

  • Industrial robots get smarter
  • Collaborative robots offer flexibility, ease of use, and aid to human workers
  • The importance of end effectors, payloads, and safety assessments
  • Identifying the best tasks to automate and how
  • Considerations when building a collaborative workcell or process
  • The role of software in coordinating robots and people

About the speakers:

Joe Campbell, Universal Robots

Joe Campbell
Head of strategic marketing
Universal Robots USA Inc.

Campbell is a long-time veteran of the robotics and automation industry. After executive assignments in sales, marketing, operations and customer service with industry leading robotics, systems integrators, and engineering companies, he is head of strategic marketing for Universal Robots.

Campbell is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He is a regular speaker, lecturer, and author on manufacturing labor issues, as well as the technology and economic benefits of robots and factory automation. Campbell and his family live in Birmingham, Mich.

Van Garrett, Vecna Robotics

Van Garrett
Director of AMR solutions
Vecna Robotics

Garrett has over 30 years of experience in engineering and automation-based technology. With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business and education from Cambridge College, Garrett not only has a strong foundation to understand autonomous technologies, but he is also uniquely able to clearly educate businesses on how they can be effective.

Having served as a founding member of an industrial autonomous company, Garrett has an extensive history of helping companies create success with cutting-edge businesses like Vecna Robotics, where he now holds the position of director of AMR solutions. He is a trusted and innovative resource to advise businesses on how to optimize facility workflows using robotics, helping more companies bring their operations into the future with uniquely intelligent autonomous solutions.

Jake Hall, the Manufacturing Millennial

Jake Hall
The Manufacturing Millennial

Hall is better known as the “Manufacturing Millennial.” His passion for manufacturing, automation, and skilled trades has developed a following of 40,000 industry members, and his content on social media has reached over 25 million views.

Through keynote presentations, panels, and videos, Hall ignites conversations about the latest in manufacturing and automation to excite the current and future workforce and enable companies to leverage technology to drive new opportunities.

Josh Pawley, Vectis Automation

Josh Pawley
Vice president of business development, founding partner
Vectis Automation

Pawley is a founding partner of Vectis Automation and leads its business development and application engineering teams. He has over a decade of experience in under-the-hood robotic welding and applications experience, which has given him both the passion and the know-how to help manufacturers identify how to improve weld processes with automation.

Eugene Demaitre

Moderator: Eugene Demaitre
Editorial director
Robotics 24/7, Peerless Media LLC

Demaitre is editorial director of Robotics 24/7. Prior to joining Peerless Media, he was a senior editor at other robotics publications. Demaitre has decades of experience in business-to-business, online technology coverage and has participated in numerous robotics-related webinars, podcasts, and conferences worldwide.

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Vecna has partnered with RightHand Robotics, whose gripper is shown here with a UR cobot.

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