Poor concentration and fatigue – never! Robots have always been seen by their human counterparts as reliable and indispensable “colleagues”. They are now increasingly handling the welding, bending, cutting, separation, transfer and storage of pipes and tubes. Thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning, robots are set to become even more flexible and will eventually replace purely repetitive robots altogether.
The concept for cobots (collaborative robots) was born in 1995 as part of a research project spearheaded by the General Motors Foundation. The idea was to make robots so safe that they could literally work hand in hand with people. Now, twenty years later, cobots have found a place on many factory floors – and also in public awareness. And yet many don’t really understand how cobots are different from robots.
SCHUNK is building on its advantage when it comes to grippers for collaborative operation: with the SCHUNK Co-act gripper EGP-C, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology is presenting for the first time an inherently safe industrial gripper that is certified and approved for collaborative operation by the German Social Accident Insurance DGUV.
If there is a topic at EMO that has news value then it is certainly the FIELD System (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive System). Hosting an open platform for advanced analysis and deep learning applications to meet your production needs. FANUC presents technologies related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the “Industry 4.0” for the entire spectrum of manufacturing automation and the FANUC product range.
Industrial robots usually operate in safety zones and are used for heavy, highly hazardous and repetitive tasks in aerospace, automotive assembly, handling, painting, coating and other applications. Conventional industrial robots are typically gigantic and bulky, they occupy a large area and the programming processes are usually time-consuming.
FANUC now offers three small, Collaborative Robots as part of its large industrial robot portfolio: CR-4iA, CR-7iA and the CR-7iA/L. These new additions to the range step into the footsteps of the larger CR-35iA green coloured Collaborative Robot, which still remains the strongest of its kind with a payload of 35kg.