Subscribe

Latest Blog Post

build your in-house robotic expertise program

Automate 2017: Tend 'in.control' demo wows

Emmet Cole
by Emmet Cole on Apr 3, 2017 6:05:07 PM

 

We get up close and personal with Tend's ingenious, low-cost robot control system at Automate 2017.  

Imagine being able to monitor and control multiple cobots via a simple app on your iPad, smartphone or browser from remote locations. On top of that, imagine being able to train your cobots in minutes without the need for complicated coding. 

Now you can do all these things, thanks to 'in.control' --a robot control system developed by Boston-based Tend

'In.control' allows you to monitor and control
multiple machine-tending robots from any location via a simple control app that you can run on your tablet/smartphone or in your browser. 

The system can handle a wide range of tasks from pressing buttons... 

Image uploaded from iOS (8).jpg

 ... to reading and acting on information displayed on standard screens ... 

Image uploaded from iOS (9).jpg 

.. and it's all controlled via a simple and intuitive application. 

Image uploaded from iOS (10).jpg

In.control does not require any modifications (or additional networking) to your existing cobots, which makes it super easy to set up.

In a typical scenario, you simply attach a standard webcam to the side of your gripper. The system uses cloud-based image processing to perform optical character recognition (OCR). This enables 'in.control' to read displays --and, since most of the processing is done in the cloud, massively reduces the amount of onsite processing power required to make the system operable.  

We grabbed some video of the system today at the Tend booth (Booth #2802) and we were struck by the ingenious simplicity of its design. 
 

 

 

If you're interested in finding out more, make sure to check out the in.control datasheet (PDF) and these videos: 

 

 

 

 

 

Any questions for the team at Tend? 

Image uploaded from iOS (11).jpg

 

Coming up: There are (at least) two new cobots launching at Automate 2017. We'll have the details for you tomorrow! 

 
x

Subscribe to Robotiq's Blog

Leave a comment

Emmet Cole
Written by Emmet Cole
A freelance robotics writer since 2006, Emmet is an Economist contributor, and a regular contributor to Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends. His writing on robots has also appeared in Wired, BBC Future, BBC Focus magazine, Space Quarterly, and numerous other outlets.
Connect with the writer:

Related posts

What Knocked Our Socks Off Today @ Automate (Day 4)

There's so much to see @ Automate 2017!

Here are the sights that really impressed us on Day 4... 

 

First, we marveled at the ...

Emmet Cole
By Emmet Cole - April 6, 2017
Comau Introduces Two New Products To North American Market

Italian robotics firm Comau introduced the AURA (Advanced Use Robotic Arm) to the North American market @ Automate 2017 this...

Emmet Cole
By Emmet Cole - April 6, 2017
Automate 2017: New Cobots On The Block

Automate 2017 brought both new product launches and new entrants to North American cobot market.  Here are our top picks. 

...

Emmet Cole
By Emmet Cole - April 6, 2017

Yes, We Now Support Two Grippers on One UR Arm!

...actually, we support up to four Grippers on the same arm.Our new Gripper URCap software upgrade now includes multiple Grippers control. But that’s not all!Here is the list of new features and bug...Read more

Remote control of Universal Robots user interface

Hi. Has anyone tried to or does anyone know how to remote control Polyscope, the user interface of Universal robots? I’ve had the idea to install VNC server on a robot to be able to remote control...Read more

Improve cycle time when using the Robotiq Gripper

Hi Pros,In some applications where cycle time is critical, saving a few seconds here and there can be important. Here's a new program template that allows you to save a few tenths of seconds...Read more

Allighnment with integrated force sensing of UR5

In our application we have a UR5 with a Robotiq Gripper, Is it possible to use a force feedback to aid in aligning the palletizing program to the presented pallet or work surface. I began...Read more