These Universal Robots Solutions are Working on the Factory Floor Today
Universal Robots recently released a great new video that highlights the top production tasks where users are implementing their lineup of collaborative robots (cobots).
These are all great examples for anyone considering using a robot to automate the following processes (time stamps are shown next to each process):
- CNC (42 sec, 3:07, 4:08, 10:01)
- Gluing, Dispensing and Welding (3:49, 8:31)
- Pick & Place (7 sec, 5:10, 6:27)
- Packaging & Palletizing (1:11)
- Injection Molding (1:34)
- Machine Tending (2:24)
- Quality Inspection (8:06)
- Polishing (6:07)
- Assembly (7:31)
- Screw Driving (6:57)
- Lab Analysis & Testing (9:32)
At Cross Company, we are familiar with all of these applications and more. For instance, we work with a company called Energid Technologies that has software to automatically generate robotic tool path scripts from CAD data. This technology is particularly useful for any type of path following application, such as dispensing, cutting, welding, or gluing. Because we can utilize the CAD data to program a robot’s path, it makes it possible to automate med-high mix/low-med volume applications where it would not have been economically feasible to do so in the past.
We recently utilized this software for a customer that needed precise robotic path following for an inspection process on a variety of parts. Prior to this technology, it would have been too cumbersome to reprogram the robot for each new path on every new part. They are able to utilize their pre-existing CAD data and quickly re-configure the robot to inspect a new part.
For intensive applications outside of a standard pick and place (vision assisted, custom fixturing, proof of concept testing, CAD to motion, etc.) our robotics team offers an ‘Application Evaluation Service’ to qualify potential applications for the use of a Universal Robot. Because it is common for a facility to identify multiple locations to use a Universal Robot, we use this service to evaluate potential applications and rank them based on the greatest probability of success, ROI, performance requirements, etc.
We also have the capability to provide a complete solution to an automated workcell around the robot. Recently, we combined the UR3 robot with a Numatics G3 Ethernet valve manifold & I/O and a Parker P Series Indexing servo drive and motor controlled via discrete inputs and outputs from the UR controller. This solution, along with our electromechanical and pneumatic solutions, allows us to put together a complete system that will work in harmony and make for a great production workcell.