Collaborative Robots

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Different types of collaboration include: safety monitored stops, speed and separation monitoring, hand guidance and power and force limiting. Read More…

Collaborative Robots Collaborative robots, sometimes called “cobots,” are robots designed to assist, guide or collaborate with humans on a task. In contrast, non-collaborative robots are meant to work alone as programmed.

Leading Manufacturers

Bethel, CT  |  203-778-2727

Del-Tron Precision is your one-stop shop for ball & crossed roller slides, multi-axis positioning and motor-ready lead screw stages, air actuators, recirculating slide guides and crossed roller rail sets. Custom linear slides are available. Visit our website to find life/load calculators. Our greatest strength is to offer components which provide a reliable mechanical interface for equipment.

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Erie, PA  |  800-345-4946

ERIEZ is a global manufacturer of an entire range of high-quality automation equipment, including vibratory feeders, conveyors, vibrating screens and many other products. ERIEZ serves process industries including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, ceramics, glass, packaging, metalworking, minerals processing and others. Contact ERIEZ for a quote today!

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Warren, MI  |  517-512-4233

Eckhart designs, builds, and sustains assembly lines for the largest operations in the world. Solutions include lift assists, torque systems, conveyance, AGVs, robotics, collaborative robotics, 3D printed tooling, poka-yokes, sub-assembly stations, and error proofing vision systems.

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Forest, VA  |  800-294-2003

Simplimatic Automation provides conveyor systems, robotics, and custom factory automation to a variety of manufacturing, assembly and packaging operations worldwide. We are dedicated to the on-time delivery of quality products at a competitive price, backed by the best customer support in the industry

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Rochester, NH  |  603-332-7733

Intec Automation offers world-class expertise for designing and building custom, automated assembly solutions for a variety of industries. We have experience producing systems for filling and dispensing, bulk material handling, tape application, inspection, and more. Our promise is to provide the highest quality, best performing, most robust turn-key solution for your manufacturing, development, and assembly needs.

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Intec Automation, Inc. $$$

Hicksville, NY  |  516-595-7495

Isel has a variety of patented automation equipment for various industries. We are a stocking distributor of linear motion and automation components. Products in our inventory include a wide variety of products such as linear rails, bearings, V guide rollers, and many more. We would also be happy to discuss customization of our products for unique OEM applications

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Isel USA, Inc. $$$

Apex, NC  |  919-772-0115

ATI is a recognized leader in Automated Assembly Products and Services. To stay competitive, take advantage of our products such as Auto-fed Part Placers, Pick & Place Mechanisms, Placer/Presses, Feed Systems, Assembly Work Cells, and Robotic and Vision Applications. All of ATI's products are manufactured to assure quality, accuracy, and dependability for constant assembly production. Contact us today!

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Belleville, NJ  |  800-822-8629

Vac-U-Max is a premier manufacturer of material handling products with experience dating back to 1954. Vac-U-Max carries belt conveyors, gravity conveyors, roller conveyors and vertical conveyors. Vac-U-Max produces its systems to handle small parts & heavy metal powders. With the help of Vac-U-Max, your product can move from point A to B with nothing in the way to hinder its movement.

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Safety monitored stopping is a feature designed to keep humans safe when entering a robotic workspace to contribute to the application. Basically, if a worker comes in to do a secondary operation while a collaborative robot handles a part, the robot will sense their presence and stop moving. They do not shut down completely, but rather pause their operations so that the worker is not in danger of an accident. They resume working only when the human operator indicates they may do so. Simply pausing is much more efficient and less time-consuming than cutting down completely.

Speed and separation monitoring is similar to safety monitored stopping. Here, the collaborative robot uses lasers or another vision system that alert it when workers enter its space, which has been divided into safety zones. The cobot is programmed to adjust its behavior based on which safety zone workers enter. Basically, the closer a worker gets, the slower the robot works. If the worker gets too close, the robot will completely pause its work until he or she exits that space.

Hand guidance, or hand guiding, takes place when regular industrial robots are updated with a collaborative device that makes it possible for them to sense force. By apply force the sensing device, human operators can guide the robot. This limited collaboration is used for applications such as path teaching.

Power and force limiting collaborative robots are the most user-friendly and widely used type of collaborative robot. Unlike many others, they are not adapted regular robots, but rather if you will, natives, and do not require additional safety devices. They are used for direct collaboration with their human counterparts. Usually, their job is to sense force overload and abnormal forces. If and when they experience such forces, they will pause. In addition, if they experience impact, they will dissipate the force. To learn more about the collaborative robot tasks above, check out ISO 10218-1:2011 and ISO 10218-2:2011. To learn more about the possibilities cobots hold for you and your application, consult with one or more of the expert manufacturers we have listed on this page.