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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

ABB Buys Gomtec to Enhance its Collaborative Robot Expertise

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 14, 2015 11:29:09 AM

ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today it acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. Gomtec’s technology platform will strengthen ABB’s development of a new generation of “safe-by-design” collaborative robots that can be operated outside of cages or protective fencing, expanding opportunities to deploy them in new applications.

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Topics: ABB, collaborative robot, yumi, gomtec

New eBook on Robot Wrist Bolt Patterns

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 9, 2015 1:59:28 PM

We often have questions on which gripper can fit a specific robot. We thought it was time to clear things up and give you a tool to figure out what the different parameters are for a robotic wrist and how to choose the right connectors for your robotic gripper.

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Topics: adaptive gripper, robotic grippers, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, ebook, robot coupling, robot wrist, bolt pattern

New Collaborative Robot: The First Cartesian Cobot

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 9, 2015 1:56:18 PM

In the last few weeks we have seen different robot manufacturers coming up with new collaborative robots. The UR3 from Universal Robots, then maybe a week later, SAWYER from Rethink Robotics. These robots have what we have come to recognize as a standard geometry. In fact, they are composed of an articulated (6 or 7 axis) arm that can execute different automation processes. However, Precise Automation has also been working on a ''new'' kind of collaborative robot, but theirs is a cartesian robot. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, scara robots, cartesian robot

Collaborative Robot eBook - Updated Version

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 9, 2015 1:52:55 PM

For a couple of years now we have been keeping track of the different releases for collaborative robots in the industrial robot market. Once or twice a year we update our eBook on collaborative robots. With the recent releases of various new collaborative robots, we thought it was time to bring out a new version of our eBook on collaborative robots.

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, universal robots, collaborative robot, Rethink Robotics, collaborative cell, ur3, Sawyer

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 9, 2015 1:46:59 PM

In the past few years we have seen a lot of evolution in robotics due to the different challenges and prizes that have been established. In fact, challenges such as the DRC (DARPA Robotics Challenge) is very stimulating for research teams and pushes them to innovate, bringing new features to their robots and encouraging them to perform at their best. And let's not forget that some competitions have big prize money that can help a research lab with funding its whole research budget (which can also be a good source of motivation). Now another robotics contest will add to the excitement: The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge.

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Topics: 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, DARPA, Robotic Trends, robotics challenges, international robotics

Universal Robots' UR3 VS Sawyer from Rethink Robotics

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 9, 2015 1:28:00 PM

With the fever of Automate 2015 two major collaborative robot specific companies have come out with new cobots. These robots are designed for collaborative applications, but they do have different specifications. So, when a market is asking for a specific kind of robot, i.e. more collaborative robots, what is the point of creating two completely different robots? Here are the differences between Universal Robots UR3 and Rethink Robotics Sawyer. Let's look at them.

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Topics: universal robots, collaborative robot, Rethink Robotics, cobots, ur3, Sawyer, collaborative applications

How to Reorganize Your Shop for a Collaborative Robot (Part 1)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM

So you are thinking about introducing a robot into your manufacturing process. You have to decide which robot to use, the different tools you'll need and all the necessary accessories, but have you thought about how you are going to set up your robot on your work floor? I am not talking about where to position your robot, I mean what you need to do to run your robot smoothly and make life easy for your employees. Take a look at this short list to review a couple of tips on what to know when integrating a collaborative robot in a machine tending application.

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, universal robots, machine tending, Baxter, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, cnc machine, machine tending cell, cnc loading, machine tending applications, manufacturing process

Dirty Applications Using Universal Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 2, 2015 4:56:33 PM

Automation is here to do the jobs that people don't want to do. Panther Global Technologies understands this principle. The Michigan based camshaft assembly producer has introduced a robot into their manufacturing process. With machine tending applications involving many difficult conditions, they thought it was a better idea than initiating the new hire with this job. Here's how they introduced a Universal Robots into their machine tending application. 

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Topics: collaborative manufacturing, universal robots, machine tending, assembly, collaborative robot, collaborative cell, machine tending cell

Robotiq 2-Finger 85 to fit UR3

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Apr 2, 2015 4:52:50 PM

A couple of weeks ago Universal Robots launched their latest version of a collaborative robot; the UR3. The platform is designed for table top applications and has many specifications that fit smaller tasks than its two older and larger brothers. Since our Grippers (especially the 2-Finger 85) have been designed to fit on both the UR5 and UR10, we wanted to have the same fit with the UR3.

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Topics: 2-finger robot gripper, end effector, universal robots, electric gripper, collaborative robot, ur3, easy integration