Traditional robots require safety barriers that are expensive, use extra bench/floor space, and block access to the workcell. Collaborative robots can be safely used without safety barriers. This approach reduces workcell cost and size, and allows users to safely access equipment without stopping or slowing down production. Similarly, collaborative robots significantly reduce damage to other equipment when accidental collisions occur.
World’s First Collaborative SCARA Robot
The PF400 is the world’s first collaborative SCARA robot. All of the contact forces generated by this mechanism are limited so that the robot cannot hurt a user even if it collides with them at full speed, making it safe to operate side-by-side with personnel. In fact, after careful evaluation by our customers, hundreds of PF400’s are in daily use in applications without safety barriers.
This low-cost, quiet OEM mechanism has its motion controller, harnesses and power supplies embedded within its structure to eliminate extra enclosures and simplify installation. This space saving design, together with a novel geometry, allows the PF400 to service many stations in an extremely small workcell. Combined with absolute encoder servo motors, which do not require any motion to home during start-up, and the collaborative aspects of the robot, which eliminate the need for barriers, the PF400 significantly reduces the size and cost an automated cell. The lightweight PF400 can be carried by one person, mounted on a table and, by plugging in just an AC power cord and an Ethernet cable, is ready to operate.
6-Axis Articulated Collaborative Robot
The PAVP6 is a collaborative, tabletop six-axis articulated robot. The intrinsic collaborative capability of this robot permits it to be safely used next to people without requiring safety barriers, which are expensive, consume a great deal of bench/floor space, and obstruct access to equipment. Furthermore, all control electronics and power supplies are built into the robot’s base creating an extremely compact structure that eliminates extra controller cabinets, external harnessing and complicated installations and integrations. This space saving design combined with the robot’s collaborative aspects, low cost, reliable mechanism and excellent position repeatability make the PAVP6 an ideal choice for applications that require 6-axis capabilities and where size, safety and costs are critical.
Cartesian Collaborative Robot
Unlike many other collaborative robots that are intrinsically dangerous but operate in a collaborative mode, the PrecisePlace 100 Cartesian robot (PP100) is intrinsically safe and is designed to limit all collision forces all of the time. This permits users to safely access the robot’s active workspace while the robot is operating at full speed without requiring safety barriers. These barriers are expensive, consume a great deal of bench/floor space, obstruct access to equipment and reduce productivity. Furthermore, all control electronics, harnesses and power supplies are built into the PP100’s structure, which results in an extremely compact device that saves space and set-up time. This novel collaborative, space saving design combined with a low cost, reliable mechanism and efficient t-bot drive make the PP100 an ideal choice for applications where size, safety, cost, and the combined productivity of automation and personnel are critical.