With FANUC, Green Means Safe
FANUC’s green robotic arms indicate that they are collaborative robots. Here, FANUC has its robotic arm on display at its CERTified Education Training booth. FANUC has created a program for young engineering students to learn basic robotic operating principles. This includes CNC, ROBODRILL, and intelligent applications such was iRvision and force sensing.
Robotiq Grippers for Universal Robots
Universal Robots has launched its UR+ Developer Program, and shown here is the Robotiq Gripper. Customers purchasing a Universal Robotic arm can also purchase accessory parts that are certified to work with the arms. The Robotiq Gripper has three components: gripper, 2D sensing camera, and a force sensor. This allows the gripper to identify flat parts via the camera, pick them up, and place them in their appropriate location by using the force sensor to ensure safe placement.
SafeMove 2 From ABB Allows For Up, Close, and Personal Maintenance
Here is a heavy payload robotic arm from ABB placing and moving large industrial screws. With the help of ABB’s SafeMove 2 system, the robotic arm can operate without the need of a cage or screen. This allows the user to adjust the robot without having to turn it off, reducing downtime. The robot and the system monitor axis position and speed to protect the surroundings. This is done by either floor sensors or cameras setup overhead.
ABB’s YUMI Is Ready to Lend a Hand
YUMI, ABB’s Dual-Arm Collaborative Robot, is built with integrated collision section, camera-based parts location, extra precaution padding, and state-of-the-art motion control. This allows for YUMI to be used in conjunction with human operators without the need of cage or safety-zone features like cameras and external sensors.
ABB’s Robotic Virtual Assitant
ABB is using the Oculus Rift DK2 3D headset to implement its RobotStudio, a software tool that allows for programming and configuration of the robotic arm. This allows for users to work faster and more efficiently with robotic arms that may be out of reach or behind work-safety cages.
Safety Zones with Kuka Robotic Arms
The safety zone layout from Kuka lets robotic arms be used in the same place as human operators. When humans stand outside of the yellow zone, the robot operates in normal mode at regular speeds and movement. The second a person steps into the yellow zone, the robot slows down to prevent collision and it stops completely when someone enters the red zone.
Kuka LBR iiwa Collaborative Robo with Force Sensors
The LBR iiwa from Kuka has built-in force sensors so that when it comes into contact with a person, it stops automatically. The robot can be started again with a simple button and it picks up the same routine from where it left off. This helps keep production going with little need for maintenance.
“Human-Like” Movements from Yaskawa
The Dual-ARM SDA Robot from Yaskawa is built for quick and agile movement similar to a human being. It is intended for fit assembly, hand inline, and machine tending. It is also applicable for part transfer operations. The robot has 15 axes of motion with internally routed cables and hoses to reduce interference and maintenance. It can hold a part in one arm while performing an entirely different operation in the second arm.