Car-making robots are powerful and dangerous machines, so there are always safety barriers separating them from factory workers.
Now Porsche is pioneering a new generation of robot, one that can work side-by-side with humans. It’s a car industry first, according to executive Jens Thomer.
“People and robots will co-operate,” says the director of vehicle project and factory structure planning, to build car bodies in Porsche’s main factory at Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart
Dutch manufacturers could certainly benefit from a helping hand in an economy with an ageing workforce and increasing demand for one-piece production. Because how can you quickly deliver new custom-made product concepts at relatively low prices? Flexible Manufacturing is one option, and is based on using advanced robotics
“In terms of Flexible Manufacturing, a lot more ‘collaborated robotics’ will be implemented in the future, whereby people and robots will work together in safe environments”, says Willem Endhoven, managing director at High Tech NL (initiator of Holland Robotics, a national robotics community that promotes collaboration between organizations in the field of science, industry and robotics).
Comau and Siemens had joined forces to meet the growing interest in Industry 4.0 digitalization solutions. One as leading global company in development and implementation of technology solutions for sustainable automation and production, other as global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics, they leveraged Comau's wide range of robot arms and Siemens' smart solutions for handling and processing with robots.
Joint development activities and technology partnerships, such as the collaboration agreement with Siemens, are solid examples of Comau's on-going commitment to innovation and its advanced approach to collaborative,
e.DO is easy to assemble with a user-friendly control interface designed to allow students of all ages to create, learn and play with robotics. At the most basic level, students use the external controller to describe a desired activity which is then transmitted to the robot via TCP/IP.
The student’s instructions are decomposed by the robot’s internal operating system and through an inverse kinematic process e.DO calculates and controls the way the joint moves to achieve the programmed outcome.
Leveraging the 40+ years of experience in the industry of Comau, the distributor Robotics Benelux rely on its unique position and understand the processes and underlying needs of the operators and propose them its advanced solutions. As a result, Comau's approach to collaborative, digital manufacturing is open in Benelux. Connected and easy to understand and to use. More importantly, it is characterized by a totally safe and synergistic collaboration between man and robot.
The electronics market for the business and entertainment sectors is overrun by smartphones and tablets.
These devices are available in everyday life and, for a growing number of people, are becoming the best human-machine interaction system.
In response to this trend, Comau has developed an Android application to perform “pick and place” operations in a completely new way, based on an “ease of use” philosophy.
Comau’s newest standard product is an innovative AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) platform that is flexible enough to be deployed across a wide range of manufacturing and non-manufacturing scenarios. Agile1500 is the first automated guided vehicle within the new AGV platform and fully expresses Comau’s open automation design approach.
Modular, scalable and completely re-configurable, Agile1500 can carry up to 1,500 kg with a maximum speed of 1.7 m/s.
When a machine draws components from a variety of automation and robotics suppliers, the resulting complexity can hinder performance and usability. FG Industries, a pioneer of robotic filling and capping machines, found the answer in B&R's openROBOTICS solution, which seamlessly integrates COMAU robots into the B&R automation environment.