How Blue Danube’s AIRSKIN collision sensor solves common cobot issuesMarch 18, 2020 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Advanced Motion & Controls Ltd., Canada’s leading authority on intelligent robotic technology, boosts productivity for manufacturers with Universal Robots collaborative robot arms, or “cobots”. To make UR10 six-axis cobots easier to use, Blue Danube Robotics has developed the AIRSKIN collision sensor – a comprehensive safety cover for robots and grippers.
UR10 cobots are ideal solutions for such applications as pick and place, packaging and palletizing, machine tending, assembly, quality inspection, and screw driving – and AIRSKIN makes these tasks even easier.
Practical and flexible safety solution
The AIRSKIN collision sensor from Advanced Motion & Controls solves common issues for manufacturers. They want a practical and flexible safety solution for cobots and grippers, and they also want to go fenceless. These businesses also feel uncertain about feasibility and normative situations. Blue Danube’s answer is an easy-to-install safety skin that connects directly to the robot controller instead of a safety fence, facilitating collaborative tasks.
The user fully covers the cobot and gripper with soft AIRSKIN pads, including clamping on shearing areas. If a collision between the cobot and a worker or object is impending, this collision sensor immediately triggers and emergency stop. The soft pads dampen the potential effects of force until the robot reaches a standstill.
AIRSKIN has a user-friendly design, with a snap-on system for fast installation and easy maintenance. Untrained workers can install it in less than half an hour. Since AIRSKIN connects to the cobot like a traditional safety fence, programming offers no unpredictable challenges. Companies save time and money by integrating AIRSKIN plug-and-play into collaborative applications. This safety cover also helps to eliminate fences, use shop floors more efficiently, and boost machine use while increasing quality and productivity.
The AIRSKIN solution also gives new perspectives to production workers. Task division between humans and cobots should blend the strengths of both. Cobots are designed to perform simple, repetitive applications that could harm employees ergonomically – allowing workers to focus on other, more challenging jobs. After initial successful collaborative applications, production workers tend to find and implement new application areas for cobots and AIRSKIN.
For more information, contact Advanced Motion & Controls.