Rodney Brooks, the founder of Rethink Robotics has unveiled his latest creation, Swayer. Little brother of the Baxter robot, this robotic arm is what is called a cobot. A more collaborative robot in a market that is becoming in addition to competitors. These robots, able to work with humans, good manufacturers but also to a good number of companies, cross a new level of productivity.
Sawyer, it is the very definition of collaborative robot. A relatively low price (on the order of tens of thousands of euros against hundreds of thousands of euros for a traditional industrial robot), a robot that can be installed to the side of beings humans without having to install a protective enclosure, the opportunity to learn a new task simply by showing him. Unknown flexibility in industrial robotics.
Manufacturers of traditional robots come also to the collaborative
After the Japanese of Yaskawa Motoman and Kawada Nextage, the Sawyer returned in this nascent market. For the time being, it’s Universal Robots who won in the first round. Danish said have sold 1 000 of its arm robotic UR5 UR10 in 2013, double in 2014, and aims 4 000 sales this year, for an installed base of 5 000 robots. Universal Robots has unveiled the UR3, declining its range down, with a small arm of 50 cm of scope for 3 kg maximum load.
Universal Robotics accelerates but will be faced with more and more competitors. In addition to this Sawyer and Japanese Humanoids, robotics Giants are interested seriously in this new market. German Kuka developed the LBR iiwa (for intelligent industrial work assistant) in collaboration with the German Space Agency (DLR). The Swiss ABB created the YuMi for this market, a shirtless robot with 2 robotic arms, and Franco-Swiss Stäubli has also positioned on the market with the TX2-60.
Same Bosch wants its part of the cake with his assistant, any APAS new collaborative robot whose robot arm is equipped with camera to recognize parts to grasp.
Industry, packaging, plastics, collage, assemblage in electronics, inspection quality, medical analysis laboratories, future applications of these robots of a new type seem infinite.
The main cobots on the market:
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