Shingle & Gibb is pleased to now offer collaborative robots from Precise Automation. Collaborative robots are mechanisms that can be safely used without the need for safety barriers. This approach reduces the workcell cost and size and permits users to safely access equipment without stopping or slowing down production. Similarly, collaborative robots significantly reduce damage to other equipment when accidental collisions occur.
Precise Automation offers the first full line of intrinsically safe, collaborative tabletop robots. Unlike many other collaborative robots, which are intrinsically dangerous robots operating in a collaborative mode, Precise’s collaborative robots were specifically designed to limit all collision forces. These robots will not injure users or equipment even if they collide with them at full speed.
This revolutionary new class of robots makes it possible to automate processes that could never be automated before: working with human counterparts on an assembly line, on desktops of analytical labs and in clinical diagnostic environments. Precise’s family of collaborative robots was designed especially for these new applications. All of our robots feature our Guidance Controller. This controller’s extremely small footprint permits it, and the other required electronics, to be embedded inside of the robot’s structure, eliminating large external control boxes and bulky harnesses. These lightweight robots can be carried by one person, mounted on a table and, by plugging in just an AC power cord and an Ethernet cable, are ready to operate.
Traditional robotic applications can also benefit from collaborative robots. Removing the need for safety barriers reduces the workcell space required and allows users to access the active workcell while the robot is still in operation. This creates a mixed manufacturing environment where robots and people can work side by side in a safe and effective manner. It also allows for automated workcells to be efficiently integrated into a line that was previously all done by hand.
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