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Industrial robots had been hiding in the dark corners of production halls for quite some time, and few people believed that they would ever leave. Large, clumsy machines required a great deal of knowledge to be operated and programmed. Fortunately enough, collaborative robots appeared on the market a few years ago, and they were modern, intuitive, and presented even better safety standards. They have been a trigger for a revolution that also made classic industrial robots more user-friendly.

Today you no longer have to work in a production hall to encounter a robot. Now you can also find them at trade fairs and shop windows. They will accompany you even while doing everyday tasks at work, and ultimately they will also enter our homes. It’s a strongly held belief of mine that the programming of robots will soon become a skill that will be required for many of us.

We have always wanted to have a mechanical helper to assist us with repetitive and tiring tasks. It is possible now; the only thing standing in the way is the ability to use those robots. Luckily, there are several ways to overcome this factor:

  • Attend a training course (expensive, slow, travel required, brand-specific knowledge)
  • Read the manuals (tl;dr: hard to access and boring)
  • By trial and error (very expensive, not safe for the robot or yourself)

Each of them is time-consuming and expensive. I decided to write this book in order to create a shortcut for the path needed to enter the world of robotics. You will learn everything about today’s industrial robotics in a concise and practical way. Enjoy!