Im­pact Ro­bot­ics to demon­strate ‘Sawyer’ cobot at NMW

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this year’s Na­tional Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week (NMW) will be treated to a demon­stra­tion of the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tive ro­bot tech­nol­ogy, when Im­pact Ro­bot­ics show­cases the newly-re­leased Sawyer ‘cobot’.

Im­pact Ro­bot­ics is the ex­clu­sive ANZ dis­trib­u­tor of the Sawyer and Bax­ter ro­bots by Re­think Ro­bot­ics, and NMW will be the first ex­hi­bi­tion in Aus­tralia to host Sawyer in a live op­er­at­ing demon­stra­tion.

Sawyer and Bax­ter were de­vel­oped to work safely next to peo­ple in pro­duc­tion en­vi­ron­ments with­out the caging re­quired when us­ing tra­di­tional ro­bots, this free­dom al­lows both cobots to more eas­ily be moved and re­pur­posed to what­ever sec­tion of the fa­cil­ity they’re needed at any time.

A fur­ther ben­e­fit is that the cobots can be quickly set-up and trained by staff who don’t have cod­ing knowl­edge or a com­puter pro­gram­ming back­ground. Re­think’s ground- break­ing In­tera plat­form is by far the most in­tu­itive soft­ware plat­form in the ro­bot­ics in­dus­try and al­lows non-tech­ni­cal staff to train the ro­bots.

Sawyer is de­signed to ex­e­cute ma­chine tend­ing, pack­ag­ing and other pre­cise tasks that are im­prac­ti­cal to au­to­mate with con­ven­tional ro­bots.

Weigh­ing only 19kg, Sawyer fea­tures seven de­grees of free­dom with a 1260mm reach that can ma­noeu­vre into the tight spa­ces and var­ied align­ments of work cells de­signed for hu­mans. Sawyer’s com­pli­ant mo­tion con­trol – that is unique in the ro­bot­ics in­dus­try – en­ables adap­tive re­peata­bil­ity and al­lows Sawyer to work pre­cisely in semi-struc­tured en­vi­ron­ments.

Im­pact Ro­bot­ics Gen­eral Man­ager, David Birn­baum, said that col­lab­o­ra­tive ro­bots such as Sawyer and Bax­ter were suit­able for use by small, medium and large com­pa­nies.

“Th­ese cobots can de­liver or­gan­i­sa­tions no mat­ter their size, with a highly at­trac­tive so­lu­tion given their broad ca­pa­bil­i­ties and rapid re­turn on in­vest­ment (ROI). On a dou­ble shift at cur­rent in­ter­est rates, Sawyer is a $ 4 an hour, pos­si­bly less, op­tion for many repet­i­tive tasks found in many man­u­fac­tur­ing and ma­te­ri­als han­dling busi­nesses,” Birn­baum said. “The cobots can be fi­nanced as you would other for cap­i­tal equip­ment, fur­ther in­creas­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of the so­lu­tion. Even at a con­ser­va­tive mea­sure of a sin­gle shift per day, pay­back is ex­tremely at­trac­tive. This ef­fi­ciency has the po­ten­tial to re­ally help a busi­nesses’ bot­tom line and in­crease Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing ‘on-shoring’ and pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he said.

To meet Sawyer first hand, visit Im­pact Ro­bot­ics’ stand 1010 at Na­tional Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week.

Aside from Sawyer, Im­pact Ro­bot­ics will also dis­play the MiR100 Au­tonomous ro­bot from Mo­bile In­dus­trial Ro­bots of Den­mark, the per­fect way to eas­ily and flex­i­bly au­to­mate in­ter­nal trans­port re­quire­ments.

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