Emerging Applications in Robotic Industrial and Service Blog

How Integrators Evaluate a Robotic Manipulation Process?

Posted by Alexandre Pare on May 5, 2015 2:10:43 PM

Year round, various factories are searching for new ways to increase production, remove labor intensive tasks and have a better product quality consistency. Robot integrators are there to provide solutions for these various projects. The following article contains a step-by-step description and tips on how robot integrators might tackle robotic manipulation projects. Use these tips to manage properly the implementation of your robotic cell.

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Topics: industrial robot, robot gripper, pneumatic gripper, industrial robots, robotic integrator, collaborative robot, system integrators, easy integration, electric grippers

3-Finger Adaptive Gripper Raring to Go at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 5, 2015 1:38:04 PM

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals are on their way and we are really excited. It is always fun to see research labs such as the teams at DARPA using our products. However, aside from the fact that we are pleased, what is the motivation of these teams to use the Robotiq 3-Finger Gripper for this contest? Here's what came out of our observations.

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Topics: 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, robotic grippers, DARPA, Robotics Trends, Robtiq, robotic hand, lockheed martin, Team ViGIR, 3-finger gripper, tartan rescue, DARPA Robotics Challenge, TRAC Labs, Team IHMC Robotics, Team MIT, Team WPI-CMU

Fanuc's First Collaborative Robot: CR-35iA

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 5, 2015 12:28:31 PM

A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the ''Green Fanuc''. The robot has been demonstrated at different shows and seemed to be promising in terms of performance and also in the difference it can make in the robotic market. Well, I was not wrong. Fanuc recently announced the ''Green Fanuc'' as part of their product line. Let's see what this robot is all about. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, industrial robot, fanuc, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, collaborative applications, CR-35iA, Fanuc robot

The Easiest Way to Automate the Dullest Jobs

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 1, 2015 2:43:25 PM

Working in an environment involving robots gives me a different perspective on the manufacturing process. When I go to visit customers I always ask myself: ''How can this process be enhanced?'' Not only by using a robotic arm, but how can the process be enhanced to fit the workers needs or make the cycle time faster. There are various things that can be done and almost every working station can be enhanced in someway. So when I see a plant using humans to perform the dullest, most repetitive, dangerous tasks I am always amazed and want to get the worker out of there and give him a post that is more challenging and that requires more intelligence and dexterity. Here are a couple of tips to automate the dullest jobs in your plants.

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, Baxter, collaborative cell, Sawyer, manufacturing process, collaborative applications, baxter robots, sawyer robot

Where Do Collaborative Robots Fit in a Robot Integrator's Business Model?

Posted by Alexandre Pare on Apr 24, 2015 11:29:34 AM

After talking to many robot integrators, I came to realize that collaborative robots are not yet automatically part of the solutions proposed by integrators. The reasons why are often the same for all integrators. Speed and accuracy/repeatability are the most common reasons cited. Of course, collaborative robots are new to the market, so integrators still need confirmation of the long term reliability of these robots. Collaborative robot sales have been going up recently and the new release of the UR3 (Universal Robots) and Sawyer (Rethink Robotics) shows that collaborative robot companies are adapting to market demands.

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, adaptive gripper, robotic integrator, collaborative robot, system integrators, collaborative cell, machine tending cell, ur3, Sawyer

Why Use a Force Torque Sensor When You Can Work Without One?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 24, 2015 11:24:36 AM

With constantly evolving robotic technology a lot of new applications are popping up in every industrial sphere. A couple of years ago we were limited to using robots to do rough assembly that did not require any precision. Nowadays with assemblies being optimized, robots need little help to do precise assembly tasks. For these applications the use of force feedback is almost a necessity. 

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Topics: force-torque sensor, universal robots, adaptive gripper, force control, 2-finger gripper, assembly, UR, custom fingertips

Robotics' History: From GM Work Floor to Collaborative Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 24, 2015 11:04:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago I saw this video from the SciShow and I thought: THAT would be a great blog article. Most of our readers have been swimming in the actual robotic world, yet I am pretty sure that most of us don't really know the history behind all the robotic evolution we experience daily. Well, here we go, I have put together some kind of a timeline to remind you where robots started and the road that we have travelled. The future however is up to you!

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Topics: industrial robotics, collaborative robots, robotic arm, universal robots, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, ABB, DARPA, robot arms, university Laval

Top 10 reasons to buy a collaborative robot

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 21, 2015 3:34:29 PM

I am sure there are a bunch of work floor supervisors that are still arguing about the fact of whether or not a collaborative robot is or isn't a good idea for their plant. Well, whatever your situation is you should take a look at the following article to see what the top 10 reasons are to buy a collaborative robot for your applications. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, 2-finger robot gripper, adaptive gripper, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, cnc machine, robot manufacturer

How to Choose the Right Power Source for Your Gripper?

Posted by Sebastien Bélanger on Apr 21, 2015 3:26:28 PM

Power source is the backbone of all electrical appliances surrounding us. The main role of a power supply is to adapt the incoming high voltage alternating current (AC) to safer low voltage direct current (DC), like those used in many devices around us. The present article is about what you need to look at when choosing a power supply for your Robotiq device.

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, Communication protocol, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, electric gripper, 2-finger gripper

Is ABB's YuMi the Next Generation of Collaborative Robot?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 15, 2015 4:40:48 PM

ABB has been a leading robotics company for a very long time. With industrial robots of every size, pre-engineered robotic cells and embedded force torque control, they produce a bunch of stuff that pretty much covers every aspect of industrial robotics. They only needed to add a collaborative robot to their product line to complete it. Well, this is now done. YuMi, their first collaborative robot has been commercially launched at the Hannover Fair on April 15 2015.

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Topics: ABB, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, collaborative applications, yumi