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As collaborative robots are emerging, Robotiq is the only company offering a complete solution for collaborative robot cell deployment. Whether it is for the design, integration or operation phase, Robotiq’s know-how cumulates 10 years of experience creating tools made for industrial needs. We believe that manufacturers can deploy robots on their own, but not alone. That is why the Lean Robotics Methodology guides them from design to production so that they minimize waste in the deployment process and start production faster by doing so.
Robotiq offers tools and know-out for every step of collaborative robots deployment. Automation engineers start their design with the Blueprints web application, taking their manual process and making a robotic equivalent out of it. With the support of their designated Robotiq integration coach, they get the right design the first time, which allows them to start integrating the robot faster.
Robotiq’s Plug+Play components – 2-Finger Grippers, Wrist Camera and FT 300 Force Torque Sensor – are easy to integrate and easy to use as end-effectors for collaborative robots. Robotiq’s Skills, which are ready-to-use robot programs, are downloadable for free, saving tons of hours programming many common but complex tasks.
When the robot gets to production, Robotiq’s Insights measures the robot’s performance with KPIs that are defined by the user. Insights sends sms alerts for any stop, which minimizes downtime and get the user back to production faster.
Robotiq is the humans behind the robots: an employee-owned business with a passionate team and an international partner network.
Because Robotiq’s focus is on freeing human hands in the manufacturing world, they’ve worked hard at making their products plug + play with Universal Robots because they understand that manufacturers are looking for automation that is easy to setup, maintain and scale up. Using UR + Robotiq, it’s easy to copy and paste production stations in factories.
For the manufacturer, Robotiq offers a unique mix of products (grippers, force sensor, camera), that can cover a wide range of applications in their factories. They also have a vibrant community of automation professionals who can help with integration projects, along with our their integration coaches and local partners that work with the customers to make sure their robotic project is a success.
Today’s manufacturers understand the need to bring in industrial automation into their production processes. In all countries, it’s becoming difficult to recruit people to do repetitive tasks. On top of that, there is constant pressure to control costs and increase quality and consistency in production.
With collaborative robots, manufacturers can run their production lines longer – even unattended! – and get more revenue out of their existing equipment, thus bringing the cost down and the efficiency up.
Robots are good at repeating the same task again and again, which also plays positively into the quality and consistency of production. At the same time, human are best at adapting.
Because of their ease of use, more people in the factories can program and maintain their UR + Robotiq automation cells. So in the end, manufacturers can create a winning team, leveraging the human adaptability and the robot repeatability.
For a successful first robotic cell, Robotiq recommends manufacturers start small and simple to show the value of the robots. The first automation should be a quick win to help convince everyone of the value of robots on the factory floor.
According to Robotiq, here are a few ways to get inspired:
- Walk the factory floor and look for processes where the human is adding no value. For example, a very simple task that is done over and over.
- Working with workplace safety personnel to identify stations where there is a higher risk of repetitive stress injury.
- Talking to human resources team to discuss job openings where there is a challenge in recruitment and retention of employees.
Of course, reading the company’s guide, “Getting Started with Collaborative Robot” will help!
Samuel Bouchard, President & Co-founder
Jean-Philippe Jobin, CTO & Co-founder