Meet Sawyer, a highly collaborative industrial 7 axis robot with dual integrated vision systems to allow for highly collaborative proejcts within manufacturing, R&D, Consumer Goods and much more. With its highly intuitive APIs, a robust software platform and bespoke end of arm tooling from POMO Robotics, Sawyer can help modernize your manual processes
Featuring the Robot Positioning System (RPS) for dynamic re-orientation, as well as a mobile pedestal base, they can be easily modified, moved and redeployed from one job to the next as production requirements dictate. Shown here is the Sawyer in action as a collaborative robot for machine tending applications
A collaborative robot manufacturer that provides a cobot solution with a powerful, easy to use software – the Intera software – that is continually updated and delivers production metrics in real-time. The combination of hardware and software, together with the ClickSmart gripper technology, allows Sawyer to be deployed faster and easier in more tasks and applications, and without time-consuming customization. The robot can be trained by simply demonstrating the procedure moving its arm. The robot is up and running to perform a task within a matter of minutes and easy to use. That’s the Rethink difference – Intera makes Sawyer fast and easy to deploy
Sawyer comes with an embedded Cognex Vision System in its arm that enables the Robot Positioning System (RPS) to provide for a dynamic reorientation and easy redeployment of the robot. With it´s 7 degrees of freedom and a 1260 mm reach, Sawyer fits into a variety of work cells – even ones already designed for people. It can maneuver into tight spaces, and around fixtures and doors, much like a human arm. The combination with the easy to use software enables a wide variety of applications without requiring additional hardware, software, or integration. That’s the Rethink difference – Intera makes Sawyer flexible to use.
Thanks to sensitive torque sensors embedded into every joint, Sawyer’s built in force-sensing allows constant force control where delicate part insertion is critical, or to use force feedback in tasks where verification of properly seated parts is needed. By controlling both force and position, Saywer controls the amount of force it applies to different directions, the same way people do when performing tasks, eliminating the need for additional sensors or hardware.
Fitzpatrick manufacturing located at Stirling Heights in Michigan turned to automation to increase operational efficiency and improve part quality. Machine tending at their facilities was a mindless and tedious task that required immediate automation. By using a Sawyer robot with custome end of arm tooling, the company was able to complete a project in a 3 month timescale and was able to install an easy to use, flexible deployment which was collaborative and safe. Sawyer is helping hone parts that become components for the motion control industry. Sawyer identifies which part to run first and loads it into the honing machine. When the first part is finished, Sawyer removes it, loads a second part into the machine and places the first part in the wash station.
Sawyer then dries the part at the air blow station before packaging it in a box for shipment. With 400 spots on the pin board to process, Sawyer can package between 280 and 300 before a human worker needs to intervene. This process could take five to eight hours, which allows Sawyer to run overnight, lights out, and have all the parts ready to go when workers arrive back at the facility.
Fitzpatrick Manufacturing picked the Sawyer in part because of its current specs, which include 7 degrees of freedom, a 1260 mm (1 meter) reach, 4 kg (8.8 lbs) payload and 0.1 mm task repeatability. Sawyer also features an embedded Cognex Vision System in the arm for object detection and inspection, and it supports external camera integration, too. The Intera Insights software is also useful, providing real-time key performance indicators (KPIs) such as cycle times and part counts to Fitzpatrick Manufacturing employees on the floor.
lastic Molded Concepts (PMC), a plastic injection molding company in Eagle, WI, has installed a Sawyer robot from Rethink Robotics to drive business growth and offer high-quality jobs for workers. PMC has turned to automation to boost the efficiency of its 38 molding machines ranging from 28 to 1,100 tons. Currently, Sawyer is deployed on a molding press that is making parts for a pressure gauge. Sawyer picks a part from the press and puts it on a computer numerical control (CNC) machine for a hole drilling operation. When Sawyer detects that the part is finished, the robot places the part in a box. Sawyer waits until there are exactly 160 parts in the box, then pauses for an operator to pick up the box.