Automation of manufacturing process with robots is an industrial challenge, generally evaluated by the Return On Investment (ROI) that such a transformation could generate. However, the automation has a considerable cost particularly for SMEs, which makes a barrier to access and limits the motivation of facilitating the manual work of the operators, despite of nonergonomic and risky situations. In this study, supported by the European project HORSE, we went through the development of a robotic solution to assist the operator in the manufacturing. This component called programming-by-demonstration is integrated in both main categories of automation: industrial robot and collaborative robot (cobot). Both applications are tested and evaluated in a real manufacturing task (cutting cast pieces from foundry) and evaluated by the industrial end-user. The paper states on the application of the developed component, and concludes with the lesson learned.

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