Collaborative robots have been a high growth segment of the industrial robotics industry. At the time of this writing collaborative robots represent roughly 3% of the robot market, but that is expected to grow to 35% by 2025. Of course, the overall robot market will also be much larger by then as well, but nonetheless the numbers have a lot of people excited to jump on the cobot trend. And why not? These human friendly, sometimes bubbly looking cousins of the cold industrial robot can run without guarding. So why not make the switch? Well the short answer is because it's a little more complicated than that. Choosing the wrong type of robot can be a huge productivity setback, so we set out to detail the pros and cons of cobots vs robots to help you make the right decision.