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Clearpath to Release a Mobile Platform to Carry Baxter!

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 26, 2015 1:16:08 PM

Clearpath Robotics recently released a mobile platform for hazardous terrain, the Husky. Now they have announced a new addition to their product line, the Ridgeback! Following the Clearpath modus operandi, the platform is designed to carry different devices such as robot arms and to integrate different types of sensors. The only difference is that now the platform is designed for indoor applications. The robot is being launched at ICRA 2015.  Read More

Topics: universal robots, mobile manipulation, mobile robot, ROS, Rethink Robotics, clearpath

What is a Cobot?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 25, 2015 3:56:06 PM

In order to clarify some lexical interrogations we thought it would be a good idea to elaborate on the meaning and variations of the word ''Cobot''. This word has been widely used for different things. To make things clearer, we have listed the definition that we usually refer to. 

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Topics: collaborative robot, collaborative cell, cobots, collaborative applications

Robotiq Q&A with ROS Contributor

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 25, 2015 3:49:43 PM

Over the years, we have seen a bunch of applications in many research fields, with the introduction of ROS Industrial in the robotic world, life just got easier for people who want to share their code or part of their code with other users. At Robotiq we are really happy to support and help people that want to develop these types of tools for all different kinds of applications. We would like to recognize several important contributors to the ROS package over the course of a couple of blog posts, one of them is Devon Ash from Clearpath Robotics. Devon contributed to the package mainly for simulation purposes for the different mobile manipulators that Clearpath Robotics is producing. Here is a short Q&A on Devon’s contribution to the Robotiq ROS package.

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Topics: mobile robotics, universal robots, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, mobile manipulation, mobile robot, 2-finger gripper, ROS, ROS-Industrial, clearpath, UR10, UR5

New Mobile Manipulator Platform from Clearpath

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 25, 2015 3:24:00 PM

Canadian based Clearpath Robotics has announced the launch of a new mobile manipulator. Basically a scaled down version of their Grizzly mobile manipulator, the new Husky Mobile Manipulator is designed for lighter applications with the same flexibility and open-source software. 

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Topics: mobile robotics, universal robots, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, mobile manipulation, mobile robot, 2-finger gripper, clearpath, UR5, husky mobile manipulator

You Are Losing Money! by Not Adding a Robot to Your Plant

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 25, 2015 3:02:26 PM

Yes, you are losing money. In the 21st century workshop, you have to be competitive. If your prices are higher than your Asian counterpart, your customers might want to buy somewhere that is cheaper. It is sad, but that is our reality. Developed countries with higher labor costs need to find other ways to stem the tide of off shore manufacturing and enhance our productivity to bring back manufacturing processes and jobs. 

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Topics: universal robots, industrial robot, human-robot collaboration, machine tending, Baxter, Rethink Robotics, cnc machine, cnc loading

RS485 vs Ethernet: Which One is Most Used in Industry?

Posted by Sebastien Bélanger on May 25, 2015 2:43:53 PM

While Ethernet is the most commonly used communication protocol among multiple types of devices, ranging from consumer gadgets to industrial devices, TIA/EIA-485 commonly known as RS-485 is still broadly used in industrial devices even if it is older than Ethernet. Let's see why it is still in use and why, at Robotiq, we decided to use it as the standard communication protocol for our devices.

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Topics: industrial communication protocol, Communication protocol, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, 2-finger gripper, Robot controllers, ethernet, RS-485, standard communication protocol

Robotiq Devices at the Amazon Picking Challenge

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 20, 2015 2:50:36 PM

With the upcoming Amazon Picking Challenge, we can now have a behind the scenes view of what is going on with the teams. Even if it seems simple, picking an object out of a bin is quite a complex task for a robot. Now add trying to grab various objects of different shapes, sizes, textures and orientations and you multiply the complexity factor. 

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Topics: gripper, force-torque sensor, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, motoman, robot grippers, 3D vision, amazon picking challenge, amazon, ICRA 2015, Kiva robots

Not Going to ICRA 2015? Well Here's What You'll Miss!

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 20, 2015 2:36:38 PM

ICRA stands for the International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The conference will be held in Seattle, WA from May 26th to the 30th. This event is where new research into the future of robotics is presented. In fact, a bunch of industrial and research labs specifically come to show and tell what they are up to with their projects. There are always a wide range of different activities, competitions and subjects that will be covered during the conference. Here are a couple of things that will be interesting to look out for during this event.

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Topics: gripper, force-torque sensor, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper, ICRA, autonomous car, amazon picking challenge, amazon

What the Heck is Robotic Machine Tending Anyway?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 19, 2015 1:34:52 PM

You may have heard several terms many times in all its declensions: CNC machine tending, robotic machine tending, autonomous machine tending. Whatever terminology you are using it is pretty much the exact same action that is being performed. But what does it all mean and how it is done? The following article is about the different types of machine tending and how it is achieved.

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Topics: machine tending, 2-finger gripper, collaborative cell, robotic cell, cnc machine, robotic machine tending, machine tending cell, cnc operations, machine tending applications

How to Reorganize Your Shop for a Collaborative Robot (part 2)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on May 19, 2015 1:24:00 PM

In the blog post related to the first part of this series, we talk about robot fixtures, part input and part output. These tips should have helped you figured out the general configuration of the collaborative robot for your workshop. However, if you really want to optimize your process, you need to probe a little deeper into the design of your cell. In fact, there are details that should be considered to get the most out of your robot integration. Let's look at them.

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Topics: universal robots, Baxter, 2-finger gripper, collaborative robot, EOAT, collaborative cell, cnc machine, cobots, cnc loading, collaborative applications