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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.
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Rockford, IL  |  888-375-3000

A recognized leader in automated assembly products. Stay competitive with Dixon's robotic screwdrivers, auto-fed screw & nut drivers, auto-fed part placers, parts feeding systems & assembly cells, including robotic assembly & vision. Every Dixon product is manufactured to assure accuracy & dependability for repetitive assembly. Dixon supports Machine Integrators with assembly products & stations. Contact us today and we will help you find the best product for your application!

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Tempe, AZ  |  877-410-3265

IPE Aerospace can provide complete turn-key, custom-fit, factory-finish custom equipment solutions to help you create the best possible product. Our multidisciplined engineering team (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic) is ready to work with you to design and build equipment to solve your most challenging production issues. Contact us today and let IPE's experienced engineers work with you to develop the perfect solution for your application.

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IPE Aerospace $$$

Erie, PA  |  814-835-6000

We have an extensive selection of products to pick from and we are confident we can find the perfect solution for your application. Our world-class items are proven for reliability and longevity. You can count on us to supply you with the best.

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Eriez $$$

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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Eckhart $$$

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.

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Del-Tron Precision, Inc. $$$

Burton, MI  |  810-742-8540

Flexible Automation specializes in small component & high-speed, robotic, vision guidance assembly systems, & turn-key factory automation & assembly machines. With ultra-sonic welding equipment & diversified experience, if you need it, we know how to build it. Our custom automation solutions serve medical, automotive, electronics & aerospace industries.

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Flexible Automation, 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, and Feed Systems.

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ATI Industrial Automation, Inc. $$$

Belleville, NJ  |  800-822-8629

If you are looking for quality assembly machinery, you’ve come to the right place! We have years of manufacturing experience in pneumatic, vacuum, and conveying. Our goal is to provide the perfect solution to your automated equipment needs. We provide our products for companies around the world to ensure that your needs are met 100 percent of the time. Contact us today for details!

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VAC-U-MAX $$$
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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.

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