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Humatics launches ‘first’ robotic system with microlocation for in-motion assembly lines

Humatics is planning to showcase what it says is “an industry first” – an in-motion engine assembly application with multiple robotic arms working concurrently in the same pitch.

The company will show off its new microlocation technology at this year’s Automate Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Humatics says the ability to introduce automation into production environments to achieve tasks that were previously not possible with robotics “opens up a new level of cost reduction, quality control and profitability contribution for the automotive and aerospace manufacturing industries”.

Ronald Ranaldi, SVP of Humatics, says: “Humatics engineers highly-precise movement with its Microlocation technology and continues to support applications such as in-motion assembly that help organizations expand their use of robotic technology to increase profitability.

“Witnessing the in-motion capabilities of advanced robotics live often leads organizations to expand their understanding of what is possible and to quickly identify new applications that can significantly benefit their business.”

The demonstration at Automate will show two independent and different model Universal Robots collaborative arms equipped with Atlas Copco PF 6000 assembly tools concurrently torquing bolts on an engine as it actively traverses the work space on a MiR AMR.

Humatics is enabling the robotic arms to be aware of the engine position in three-dimensional space which empowers the robotic arms to interact with the moving engine, even as the engine varies its location each time it passes the cobots.

Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development and strategic marketing at Universal Robots, says: “Universal Robots is proud to include Humatics Corporation as a partner in our UR+ ecosystem.

“The Humatics Microlocation technology, Milo, fully leverages the UR PolyScope platform, and expands the range of labor intensive, unergonomic applications that can be automated.”

Humatics will be at Automate, May 22-25 in booth 5415.

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