Robots collaborate with each other, humans
The Sawyer model robot from Rethink Robotics, right, uses a pneumatic actuator to lift a box, move it over a guide to open the box, and position the box flaps for taping the bottom. (No taper is shown here, but it could be positioned under the square frame between the robots.) Baxter from Rethink Robotics (the two-armed model, left) then fills the formed box with plastic bottles. The robots shown do not communicate directly with each other; embedded vision and visual positioning indicators are used. Software upgrades from Rethink Robotics are available free for the robots and automatically can add functionality and speed to robot hardware performance without hardware changes. This 24-second collaborative robot demonstration video was taken at 2016 Pack Expo International in Chicago, in November.
See related July 2015 Control Engineering cover story "Industrial robot trends and types."
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