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Kawasaki Heavy, ABB seek to unleash robot-human collaboration

Simplified operation key to creating new demand for 'cobots'

Kawasaki Heavy and ABB, which announced a partnership Monday, both supply dual-armed collaborative robots for use in assembly and other tasks.

TOKYO -- Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Swiss group ABB are joining forces to fix something other makers of industrial robots seem to think isn't broken -- the lack of a standard, easy-to-understand way of operating them.

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