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Japanese robots help factory workers keep social distance

Fanuc triples output of 'collaborative' models that work alongside humans

Fanuc, which makes this industrial robot, is boosting output of "collaborative" machines that can work alongside people in factories.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese robot makers have begun pushing advanced models that can work side by side with people on production lines, seeing growing demand among manufacturers concerned about crowded factories turning into COVID-19 hotbeds.

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