Saint-Gobain plant reduces injuries with Robotiq force-torque sensor

Glass production company says it has reduced injuries and improved production using collaborative robot

Saint-Gobain’s plant in Sully-sur-Loire, France, focuses on glass production for the armoured and aeronautical industries, and the civil market.

In their shift towards Industry 4.0, Saint-Gobain’s management has installed collaborative robot cells to free employees from tedious and repetitive tasks.

The company says Robotiq’s FT 300 Force Torque Sensor has proven “essential” to automate the grueling glass polishing process. (See video below.) Continue reading Saint-Gobain plant reduces injuries with Robotiq force-torque sensor

Robotiq launches ‘10 times more sensitive’ force torque sensor

Robotiq has launched what it says is “10 times more sensitive” version of its FT 300 Force Torque Sensor.

The component comes with Plug + Play integration on all Universal Robots.

Robotiq says the FT 300 performs highly repeatable precision force control tasks such as finishing, product testing, assembly and precise part insertion.  Continue reading Robotiq launches ‘10 times more sensitive’ force torque sensor

Robotiq launches online monitoring tool for Universal Robots

 

Robotiq has launched an online tool which enables the monitoring of Universal Robots machines. 

The web application is called Insights and the company says it can measure a Universal Robots machine’s performance.

Insights also provides a real-time view of the robot’s key performance indicators in operation, says Robotiq.  Continue reading Robotiq launches online monitoring tool for Universal Robots

Robotiq releases updated version of its collaborative robots ebook

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Robotiq has updated what it says is one of its “most read” ebooks, and has made it downloadable for free.

This is the seventh update of Robotiq’s Collaborative Robots Buyer’s Guide, and it’s available free at the company’s website.

Robotiq says the guide provides a clear view of what’s available, so manufacturers who are thinking about adding a robot to their production floor, as well as those who plan on expanding automation in their factory, will see which model of collaborative would best fit their requirements.  Continue reading Robotiq releases updated version of its collaborative robots ebook

Robotiq launches program templates for Universal Robots machines

Robotiq says its new templates simplify the implementation of many common applications in robotics and automation.

Robotiq says its new tools to help collaborative robots beginners save a lot of time, especially in programming their robots.

Program templates are now available and ready to be downloaded on Robotiq’s online resource center. The templates simplify the robot’s programming so it can be put to task in a record time, says the company.  Continue reading Robotiq launches program templates for Universal Robots machines

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Alan Norbury, industrial central technology officer, Siemens UK

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Scott Mabie, general manager, Americas division, Universal Robots

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Robotiq launches community for robotics professionals

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Robotiq has launched an open community – called DoF – where industrial automation professionals can share their know-how and get answers to accelerate their robotics projects. 

DoF, which stands for degrees of freedom, is meant as a medium for sharing ideas and solving automation problems, says Robotiq.

Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq, says: “We realized that the know-how is locked in the head of automation engineers who can’t talk to each other because they are far apart, focused on making their factory run.

“This is why we created this online community, to bring industrial automation pros together so they can help each other with their automation projects and stop reinventing the wheel on their own.”  Continue reading Robotiq launches community for robotics professionals

Robotiq and Varioptic launch camera for Universal Robots

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Robotiq and Varioptic announce the availability of the Robotiq Camera specifically designed for Universal Robots 

The new Robotiq Camera includes a CMOS sensor and a Caspian module from Varioptic.

It has the ability to focus from as close as 70 mm to infinity and comes with a software package for Universal Robots which allows the camera to be setup within minutes.

It will fit all UR wrists and is accessible directly from the robot controller. Continue reading Robotiq and Varioptic launch camera for Universal Robots

Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

Robotiq, a maker of robotic grippers for industrial robots, has launched a vision-guidance system for pick and place robots

The company, which mainly makes 2-finger and 3-finger grippers for Universal Robots, says its camera can be set up in “five minutes and makes vision easy to integrate”.

The new camera component was developed as part of the URCaps, an app store and software and hardware developer program launched by Universal Robots.

Robotiq had made its vision system available to some of its customers, including Continental, known for making car tyres among other things.  Continue reading Robotiq launches camera system for industrial robot hand

Automatica: The greatest show of robotics and automation technology on Earth. Probably

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Now in its seventh year, Automatica is one of the most eagerly-awaited trade fairs in the robotics and automation industry events calendar. 

The four-day show will be hosted in Munich, Germany, and its organisers say it provides a “comprehensive look at the latest developments” in the sector, with around 1,000 companies taking part.  Continue reading Automatica: The greatest show of robotics and automation technology on Earth. Probably

Robotiq launches new FT 300 force torque sensor

Robotiq has launched its newest Force Torque Sensor: the FT 300, which the company says brings “a sense of touch to your robot”.

The Force Torque Sensor FT 300 has plug and play integration on all Universal Robots, making automation of high-precision tasks such as product testing, assembly and precise part insertion easy and fast to set up.

The Force Torque Sensor FT 300 is specially designed for Universal Robots. The easy integration includes a smooth mechanical fit, integration and programming. This new Sensor will open up a whole range of force sensitive applications that will be fast and easy to automate, says the company. Continue reading Robotiq launches new FT 300 force torque sensor