Robots that work with humans

By Rick Pendrous

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RARUK's new vision system
RARUK's new vision system

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Some of the latest developments in human-robot collaboration were displayed by RARUK Automation, a RA Rodriguez company, at the Processing & Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) Total Show 2016 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in September.

One of the highlights of RARUK’s stand at the show were the new robotic systems from Universal Robot, launched at Automatica in Germany in June. RARUK is a preferred supplier for Universal Robot (UR) in the UK.

Universal Robots+ is a suite of ‘plug-and-play’ robots that is claimed to offer a new level of simplicity for manufacturers.

This flexibility is complemented by a range of accessories, end-effectors, software and control systems that allow easy customisation.

UR reports a 300% rise in demand for these six-axis arms in the UK over the past year. This growth is attributed to their ability to enable people and robots to work collaboratively –  generally without the need for safety guarding.

New vision system

RARUK also demonstrated a new vision system (see picture) from specialist end tooling and gripper manufacturer Robotiq.

Specifically developed to fit the Universal Robot, Robotiq makes vision easy to integrate, shortening set-up time to just five minutes.

The compact camera is fitted in the UR’s ‘wrist’ and offers direct connectivity to the controller.

No external PC system is required to set-up, programme or run the camera, it’s all achieved via the robot user interface.

It also displayed the results of its collaboration with the German company ArtiMinds Robotics, that is expected to extend the potential of robotics even further for UK manufacturers. ArtiMinds is a specialist in machine learning, motion planning and motion control for robotics.

Contact RARUK​ for more information. 

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