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Improving Workstations Ergonomically with Collaborative Robots

  
  
  
Collaborative Robots - Ergonomics

The importance of having good ergonomic work conditions for your human employees is essential for a smooth working environment. Though in reality many actual working environments may never have been reviewed in this light. Putting in place ergonomic work conditions will cost in the initial setup, studying your work processes and implementing the recommendations. But it will payoff with fewer injuriesparticularly in repetitive stress situations, thus resulting in less absenteeism and fewer sick days. It often increases work flow, because of its ease of use, but also may eliminate the work stoppages that slow down production. One idea is to help employees work alongside collaborative robots, who preform the tasks that are likely to cause the most injuries, this is a great way to value your employees and increase production. 

Robotic Integration in Small Businesses with SMErobotics

  
  
  
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Most people think that the robotic industry is only reserved for the automotive world and big production lines. This was true years ago, now with easy programming methods, Adaptive Robot Grippers and flexible robots, it is easier to justify the use of a robot in a small or medium sized enterprise. The SMErobotics collective is developing several methods to allow small enterprises to fit robots into their production line with a fast payback and minimal robotic knowledge. This consortium helps enterprises to get in touch with members from the robotics industry, so that they can work together to better perform assembly tasks, welding tasks and many others.

Optimize your Manufacturing Production with SMED Techniques

  
  
  
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SMED is a manufacturing technique that targets the reduction of setup time for a given manufacturing process. SMED stands for: Single Minute Exchange of Dies. This technique was developed in the printing world so this is why it uses the word 'dies'. This technique though, can be applied to every automated manufacturing process these days and is an important tool of lean production. The SMED has been invented by Shiego Shingo, a Japanese industrial engineer who successfully helped companies reduce their changeover time. One of his books claims to reduce the setup or changeover time by 94% (going from 90 minutes to 5 minutes). This article will give you the key points of this technique, but I really encourage you to read his book to have a deeper understanding of the details involved.

Human-Robot Collaboration - Collaborative Robots and Vision Systems

  
  
  
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In the short term history of robotics, a few key points have been observed about the integration of robots in the work place. The first point we will look at is rigid automation, which consists of a fixed path followed by an industrial robot. This kind of automation is still used in manufacturing lines where security devices are implanted or where heavy loads are transported in the robot working area. The security features are usually security cages and pressure sensors that can stop the robot if an impact is detected.

Collaborative Robots reduce Ergonomic Problems

  
  
  
Rethink Robotics - Baxter Collaborative Robot

Ok, so you're tired of hearing the complaints at the end of the day from your employees about sore wrists, arms, backs and you have decided that instead of repeatedly hiring and training new people all the time you are going to evaluate your work process and install a collaborative robot to handle the problem inducing tasks. In an up and coming blog you can read about Improving Workstations Ergonomically with Collaborative Robots, which talks about how and what to look for to improve your workflow ergonomically. Here we will talk about what are the most common strains and injuries that can be eliminated or reduced with collaborative robots. 

Interview with Matthew Borzage of SynTouch on Robotic Tactile Sensors

  
  
  
Robotiq Gripper with Tactile Sensor

One of the big problems common among robot grippers is that usually they cannot feel what they are handling. It can cause problems when grasping fragile parts or when your application needs to apply a minimal pressure on an object. Some companies have come out with ideas that give a sense of touch to the robotic gripper. Companies such as SynTouch have developed some very accurate devices to sense objects. So we asked Matthew Borzage, co-founder of Syntouch, to tell us more about their product.

Robotiq 2- Finger Gripper Package for Universal Robots

  
  
  
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Lightweight and collaborative robots are quite popular in the robotic industry. They can be used for several applications such as machine tending, assembly lines and packaging/palletizing. These robots are known to be flexible and can be adapted to a lot of situations. The Universal Robots platform has had a lot of success during the past year with its easy to use software interface and quick installation. Also, it fits well with flexible robotics applications. As the Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper-85 has the same functionalities, it is intuitive to retrofit one with the other. So, we have developed a package that is unique to this collaborative robot to help the end user fit both super easily.

Teaching Welding Robots by Demonstration - Kinetiq Teaching

  
  
  
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Programming a robotic welding cell has never been easier with our newest How–to video showing Kinetiq Teaching, a new technology to quickly and easily task welding robots without requiring in-depth programming knowledge. This visual approach takes you step by step through the programming of a linear welding path for welding automation.

New Collaborative Robot - PRob

  
  
  
PRob Collaborative Robot

The PRob 1R collaborative robot was developed to make customers’ lives easier. In fact, when most people think about robotics, they are usually afraid of programming complex routines with a non-intuitive platform. This is what F & P Personal Robotics focuses on with its newest platform.

The robot includes a simple, user friendly, online software for programing. All devices that can support HTML5 and Java Script can program the robot. In fact, most smartphones, tablets and laptops are able to control the different aspects of this collaborative robot. Since a lot of devices are supported by the software, it is easy to monitor or change different aspects of the program on the go. The robot also supports ROS (Robot Operating System) and can be programmed with all kinds of 4th Generation Software Packages (LabView or MatLab/Simulink), as well as all major programming languages. The software architecture is focused on adaptive behavior. Thanks to its deep learning network, including neural and Bayesian probability network algorithms, the robot can adapt to a specific task and improve its performance based on feedback.


New Collaborative Robot called Roberta - Your New Best Friend

  
  
  
Roberta Collaborative Robot

Collaborative robot manufacturers are continually multiplying and bringing new ideas and concepts onto the market. The release of Roberta is interesting because of its brand new features and additions.

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