How to Control a Robotiq Gripper

Posted by Sebastien Bélanger on Aug 25, 2015 2:24:32 PM

At Robotiq we have been driven by the goal of making robotics integration achievable with the minimum robotics knowledge possible. But since our products are not always used on collaborative and easily programmable robots like Universal Robots, we still need to support a wide range of protocols. This post aims to give you an understanding of how our Grippers communicate and behave.

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Topics: gripper, robot gripper, industrial communication protocol, Communication protocol, adaptive gripper, Robotiq, robotics integration

Which Robot Brand Is the Most Popular?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 25, 2015 2:17:37 PM

Which robot is the best? Well this is a very simple question that can probably only be answered by: it depends! In fact, it depends on what you are doing, what is your present robot brand and what your integrator recommends for you. It also depends on the industry you are working in and what your requirements are. Well actually a lot of factors apply. As we cannot answer all these questions, we have reviewed some different stats from the web and analyzed what the robot market looks like. Here are some of the surprising results we have found.

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Topics: kuka, collaborative robots, universal robots, ABB, Yaskawa, robot manufacturers, fanuc, denso, industrial robot sales, foxbot

Which ISO Standards Are Made for Collaborative Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 25, 2015 1:59:18 PM

Standards are guidelines that are determined by non-governmental organizations in the region where you are located, or if you are selling internationally in the region where your sales are located. One organization that manages standards is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This organization manages a ridiculously huge quantity of norms that treat almost everything, from pharmaceuticals to robot safety. They provide guidance on the design, use or performance of materials, products, processes, services, systems or persons.

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Topics: safety standard, ISO, safety standards, robot safety, robot standards, collaborative robot, robotic safety standard, robotic risk assessment, cobots safety

Tips to Integrate a Collaborative Robot on Your Factory Workfloor

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 21, 2015 2:51:00 PM

So you have a shop that is manufacturing product. Your goal is to do more with less, right? You want to increase your productivity and sustain (or increase) your quality. Your options are pretty limited, but there is still some hope! Collaborative robots are a good way to increase your productivity and relocate your employee to more complex jobs while letting the robot do the redundant, boring parts. But I know what you’re thinking... you say, all those videos of amazing robotic cells that feeds the machine by itself, it almost looks unreal. Then you should know that machine tending is way simpler than you think. 

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, universal robots, adaptive gripper, machine tending, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, cnc machine, robotic machine tending

Modbus TCP/IP vs Ethernet/IP or How to Baffle Everyone

Posted by Sebastien Bélanger on Aug 21, 2015 2:49:35 PM

Let me start this post by making one point clearer than black can be black and the white can be white: Ethernet/IP doesn't work on a conventional Ethernet card, like the ones that every personal computer has built-in nowadays. Ethernet/IP is an industrial protocol and I will explain why it can't be used with conventional Ethernet cards and why Modbus TCP is the protocol that works on the widespread consumer Ethernet card. Read on.

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Topics: industrial robot, industrial communication protocol, modbus TCP/IP, Communication protocol, Ethernet/IP, robotics industry, EtherCAT, ethernet

Robotiq Adaptive Robot Gripper - New and Enhanced Features

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 19, 2015 11:41:48 AM

At Robotiq we are always seeking integrated solutions for our end users. As our Grippers can adapt to different geometries, we thought it was time for them to adapt not only to the geometry of the part but also to its composition. In fact, a soft or fragile part should not be treated the same way as a hard part, this is why we have added a Low Force Mode setting in our programming. We have also been concerned about object detection when an object comes in contact with the fingers of the Gripper. Ultimately we wanted to secure the grip on the object whatever the situation was, so we developed a Secure Grip Mode. And finally to make programming even easier for end users, we have improved the object detection algorithms in our Gripper. 

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Topics: gripper, universal robots, robot gripper, adaptive gripper, force control, object detection, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, low force mode

What Does Collaborative Robot Mean ?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 19, 2015 9:57:27 AM

I recently put together an eBook on the risk assessment process and while I was doing it I found out that people are not totally understanding what a collaborative robot really is. The reason is quite simple, there is a lexicon confusion that needs to be clarified. I will try to make things clearer for you guys by referring (briefly) to standards and examples in the industry. 

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Topics: safety standard, robot safety, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, safe robot

Boeing Is Modernizing Its Production With Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 14, 2015 1:49:52 PM

A couple days ago I was reading this article from about the introduction of robots in the Boeing manufacturing line. It made me realize that aircraft manufacturers were a couple of years (let’s not say decades) behind the automotive industry. Why would a multi-billion dollar industry leave robots on the sideline for all this time?

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Topics: kuka, industrial robot, automotive industry, robotic cell, manufacturing process, collaborative applications, robot manufacturer, robotic automation, boeing

Why Robots Will Always Need Us?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 14, 2015 1:49:00 PM

I was at the airport the other day looking at planes coming in and something surprised me. One plane came in with one of its propellers completely stopped. According to my minimal aviation knowledge, something went wrong and the engine simply stopped working or the crew decided it was safer to fly without this engine. As I was analyzing the situation, I suddenly remembered that 90% of commercial flights are done on autopilot. Since an autopilot is simply a bunch of algorithms, how does the plane’s computer analyze this problem? If one of the motors on a robot stops working, the robot receives error signals and stops its motion, which I guess is no different for a plane. But in the back of my mind, I was still wondering how ''robots'' analyze and treat unexpected situations. 

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Topics: industrial robotics, collaborative robots, industrial robot, robotic industrial application, robots, robot programming, robotic automation

Questions on Universal Robots Answered: Here!

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Aug 14, 2015 1:48:00 PM

Perhaps you still have some questions concerning Universal Robots. Even if the term collaborative robot is becoming more and more popular in the industry and more models are coming out on the market all the time, there are still questions concerning more basic features of these robots and what they can really achieve. Here are a couple of questions that are frequently asked, which might clarify your understanding.

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Topics: universal robots, human-robot collaboration, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, collaborative applications, FAQ