Rethink Robotics ClickSmart Gripper Kits

June 13, 2017

End-of-arm tooling for Sawyer robots

ClickSmart GripperWe are excited to announce the ClickSmart™ family of gripper kits, a unique solution for end-of-arm tooling for Sawyer that incorporates smart sensing and rapid swapping capabilities, resulting in the first fully integrated robotic solution available on the market through a single vendor.

Rethink’s complete solution continues to simplify robot deployments. When the ClickSmart Plate is attached to any Sawyer robot, it will immediately recognize the type of end-effector and know how to control it.

  • Vacuum Foam Gripper
  • Vacuum Large Gripper
  • Vacuum Small Gripper
  • Pneumatic Large Gripper
  • Pneumatic Small Gripper

Rethink Robotics ClickSmart Gripper Kits

Cognex In-Sight 7000 Gen II Vision System

April 28, 2017

In-Sight 7000 Gen II (3)The first, truly-customizable vision system! With field-configurable modular optics, lights, filters and covers the next generation In-Sight 7000 can be easily customized to solve your unique application. Now you have the power to BUILD YOUR VISION, your way!

The NEW In-Sight 7000 is a full-featured, powerful vision system that performs fast, accurate inspections of a wide range of parts across all industries. Its compact footprint easily fits into space-constrained production lines and the unique, modular design is highly field-customizable to your application requirements.

  • Enhanced performance keeps pace with increasing line speeds
  • Field-configurable lenses, lights, filters and covers meet custom application requirements
  • Familiar EasyBuilder interface simplifies set up and deployment

Cognex In-Sight Laser Profiler

April 11, 2017

In-Sight Laser Profiler and VC200The In-Sight™ laser profiler is a measurement system used to verify that a part’s dimensions meet specifications.  The In-Sight laser profiler is configured using the In-Sight EasyBuilder user interface.  This intuitive, easy-to-use software makes it simple for manufacturing and quality engineers to develop, deploy and support high accuracy measurements on the factory floor.

  1. Accurately acquire profiles
  2. Easily extract features and construct reference points
  3. Perform correct and repeatable measurements

The In-Sight laser profiler generates an accurate 2D profile of an object along a laser line.  The 2D profile provides precise geometric information that can be sued to verify that an object is defect-free and meets specifications.  The In-Sight laser profiler is easy to use and factory calibrated to ensure accurate and repeatable measurement results.

The Power of Sawyer’s Embedded Vision

March 30, 2017

Pick & place random array of parts

RRFSawyer pick & place videoThe combination of Intera 5 and embedded vision allows Rethink’s  Sawyer to operate much like a human. Sawyer leverages Cognex’s industry-leading expertise in machine vision. With no additional hardware, software or integration costs, the robot can now identify parts and pick much like a human, reducing the high cost of fixturing for part presentation.

  • Part pick/place for static parts and moving conveyors 
  • Presence/absence inspection
  • Dynamic registration using embedded camera

Extended-payload MiRHook™ Mobile Robot

March 16, 2017

MiRHookMiRHook™mobile robot is ideal for a wide range of towing jobs, such as efficiently moving heavy products between locations in a manufacturing facility or warehouse. The MiRHook supports the transport of loads up to 300 kg (661 lbs), providing exciting new internal logistics options for weighty or unwieldy cargos.

With the MiRHook, you simply measure your cart and feed the data into the software. Built-in sensors, cameras and sophisticated software mean the robot with the MiRHook and a cart can safely maneuver around people and obstacles, and can even drive up ramps.

Rethink Robotics Intera 5 Workshop – March 30, 2017 – Rockford, IL

March 16, 2017

Intera 5 is not just the latest release of our revolutionary robotics software platform, it’s a whole new approach to industrial automation and the force behind the world’s fastest-to-deploy robots. This workshop is an introduction to Intra 5 and attendees will get a chance to work hands on with Sawyer and the software.

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SQUEAKS Industrial IoT Messaging Software

March 2, 2017

SQUEAKS_andon copy.jpgSQUEAKS is a smart manufacturing platform for connecting people and machines. SQUEAKS consolidates real-time alerts, notifications and messages (called squeaks) from your team and machinery into a single, powerful platform that allows every team member to see the most relevant information to them, where and when they need it.

Team collaboration happens in a closed-loop, allowing squeaks to be assigned or claimed with full visibility into the status of all open and closed issues. Data and communication transparency means your facility will experience increased accuracy and quality, improved traceability and reduced downtime. SQUEAKS can integrate with nearly any software or equipment technology and protocol commonly found in a manufacturing or distribution facility.

Rethink Robotics releases Intera 5

February 23, 2017

sawyer-screenSawyer’s Intera 5 is a whole new approach to automation and the force behind Sawyer, the world’s fastest-to-deploy robots. Software is your bridge to the world of collaborative robots, and Intera allows anyone to become an expert. A graphical user interface enables existing personnel to create and modify robot tasks as needed. With the added browser-based Intera Studio, you can connect a laptop if you need to get into very complex aspects of deploying and redeploying the robot.  READ MORE

Understanding the Difference Between Muting and Blanking

February 23, 2017

blanking-and-mutingSafety light curtains can be used in a variety of different modes such as muting, blanking and floating blanking, depending on the needs of the application. The terms muting and blanking are frequently used incorrectly. This post will help clarify the difference between the two so the correct safety light curtain functionality is chosen and the machine runs safely.  READ MORE

Cognex In-Sight VC200 Multi Smart Camera Vision System

November 17, 2016

vc200-smallThe In-Sight® VC200 multi smart camera vision system brings the proven reliability of standalone In-Sight vision systems to multi camera vision applications. You can easily attach up to four In-Sight smart cameras to a controller for multi-view inspections in your manufacturing environment. For the first time, you can leverage the power of distributed computing with multiple smart cameras for high-performance applications.