Collaborative Robotics

When thinking about potentially adding a robot to production, the first thought usually goes to the activity that is to be accomplished. It could be loading a machine, performing a visual inspection, or any host of other potential applications. However, there is another part of the process that must be considered whether you are looking at a traditional 6-axis robot or a collaborative solution: part presentation. The part presentation is extremely critical and could be the difference between a successful project or one that never gets off the ground.

This will be a short but very useful series entry showing how to make very precise and controlled moves of the robot arm. This item may seem like an obvious feature, but I have seen most new users struggle to find it and more often than not forget to use it while programming.

My customer Hirebotics was recently featured on the front page of the Washington Post. Read about 'How a Couple of Robots Came to be the Newest Hires at a Wisconsin Factory in Search of Reliable Workers.' It's very interesting and I thought you would want to read it too. Thanks, Karl.

The implementation of Lean Manufacturing Systems, the drive to reduce waste along with human ‘steps’, and the need to connect islands of automation, have all increased the interest in and implementation of Mobile Robots such as Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Because URs are easy to program and use, people will often jump straight into programming the application because they know how the application has been running (either with a previous machine or with operators). However, if they neglect to think about how the UR will perform vs the previous method, this will cause frustration and loss of time.

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