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- Offer Profile
- Rethink’s reliable, safe and
easy-to-use collaborative robots are helping manufacturers of all sizes
automate dull, dangerous and dirty jobs, while achieving greater
productivity and higher quality. Our advanced cobot technology provides
value today, as well as innovation for tomorrow.
Easy to use (really!)
Many vendors call their robots easy to use, but our Intera software platform has a graphical user interface that lets you train the robot, even if you have never written a line of code or programmed a robot before. Using our industry leading train-by-demonstration capabilities, anyone can interact directly with the robot’s arm to easily train tasks.
Intera features a powerful user interface called Intera Studio that lets users access robot tasks and fine-tune the details of the task from their laptop. Intera Studio gives you the ability to create, modify, and monitor tasks quickly, while getting advanced capabilities to control the robot.
Intera Insights provides critical production metrics directly on the robot, and can identify production anomalies before they become problems. Key Performance Indicators, such as cycle times and part counts, are accessible on the factory floor in real time. The same customizable data is also fed to Intera Studio, providing visibility to other team members.
Vision: Inside and Out
Sawyer has an embedded Cognex Vision System in the arm that allows the robot to locate objects or inspect for part presence. This vision system enables the Robot Positioning System (RPS) that looks for changes in the robots environment and automatically responds to work-cell variation. You can also seamlessly integrate external cameras in minutes and drastically reduce typical machine vision integration costs.
Rapid Return on Investment
Rethink provides a completely integrated cobot solution: robot arm, Intera software platform, ClickSmart gripper technology, embedded vision, force sensing, and production level metrics in real time. This integrated approach enables fast deployments and provides a rapid return on investment.
High performance collaborative robot
Sawyer is the revolutionary collaborative robot designed to execute tasks that have been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots. Sawyer gives manufacturers the high performance automation they need, while maintaining the flexibility, safety and affordability synonymous with the Rethink brand.
Sawyer features a 7 degree of freedom robot arm with a 1260 mm reach that maneuvers into tight spaces and operates in work cells designed for humans. Built-in force sensing capabilities allow it to make adaptive decisions as tasks run, enabling Sawyer to work precisely (+/- .1 mm), while operating safely next to people.
Sawyer at Work
The Sawyer Solution
Powered by the Intera software platform and designed with embedded vision, ClickSmart grippers, and high resolution force control, Sawyer is a fully integrated collaborative robot solution.
Software Driven Hardware
That’s the Rethink difference – a collaborative robot manufacturer that provides an integrated cobot solution with powerful software that is continually updated for the life of the robot, and production metrics delivered in real-time.
High Resolution Force Control
Thanks to sensitive torque sensors embedded into every joint, Sawyer’s built in force sensing allows you to control force where delicate part insertion is critical, or use force feedback in tasks where you need to verify that parts are seated properly.
Fast to Deploy
Rethink’s powerful combination of hardware and software, together with the ClickSmart family of gripper kits, allow our robots to be deployed faster, in more tasks and applications, and without time-consuming customization.
Embedded and External Vision
Sawyer is equipped with an embedded Cognex Vision System in its arm that enables the Robot Positioning System and other complex vision tasks. Or seamlessly integrate an external camera in minutes to leverage in-house systems.
Small Footprint, Long Reach
With 7 degrees of freedom and a 1260 mm maximum reach, Sawyer fits into a variety of work cells – even ones already designed for people. It can maneuver into tight spaces, and around fixtures and doors, much like a human arm.
While traditional industrial robots have to be kept behind cages, Sawyer is inherently safe, designed to work alongside people, and certified that it meets ISO requirements by TÜV Rheinland (ISO 10218-1:2011 and PLd Cat. 3).
The ClickSmart Plate is the cornerstone of the ClickSmart family – its quick release mechanism lets you swap end-effectors in seconds, without using any tools. Embedded sensors store the configuration of the connected end-effector when the ClickSmart Plate is attached to a Sawyer collaborative robot. It immediately recognizes the type of end-effector and knows how to control it.
ClickSmart Gripper Kits contain all the components you need to quickly build and customize gripping solutions for a wide range of tasks. These plug and play kits greatly reduce the need for costly custom design and enable faster deployment of our smart, collaborative robots.
ClickSmart Vacuum Foam Gripper Kit
Vacuum Foam Gripper Kit (VFG): Designed for applications where different sized parts need to be picked or where surfaces are uneven. The kit includes: 1 foam vacuum gripper and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors. The foam gripper is 80 mm diameter
ClickSmart Vacuum Large Gripper Kit
Vacuum Large Gripper Kit (VLG): Designed for applications where large and/or multiple parts need to be picked up at the same time. The kit includes assembly for up to 4 G ¼ thread vacuum cups (4 angle clamps, 4 extension tubes, 4 push fittings, 4 bag lip vacuum cups, 4 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.
ClickSmart Vacuum Small Gripper Kit
Vacuum Small Gripper Kit (VSG): Designed for applications where the pick surface area may be small and swap time is important. The kit includes assembly for up to 8 M5 thread vacuum cups (8 angle clamps, 8 extension tubes, 8 push fittings, 8 conducting vacuum cups, 8 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.
ClickSmart Pneumatic Large Gripper Kit
Pneumatic Large Gripper Kit (PLG): Designed for gripping large parts, as well as picking different sized parts. The kit includes 1 parallel pneumatic gripper, 2 sensors used for open/close/ gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.
ClickSmart Pneumatic Small Gripper Kit
Pneumatic Small Gripper Kit (PSG): Designed for applications where swap time is important, such as CNC machine tending, testing and inspection, and PCB handling. The kit includes: 2 pneumatic grippers and aluminum extrusion, 4 sensors used for open/close gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.
KEEP ON ROLLING.
While Sawyer can be bolted to a table if needed, Rethink Robotics offers an optional rolling mobile pedestal with industrial grade casters for moving them quickly and safely between workstations. Easily passed through standard doorways, the mobile pedestal offers leveling feet and enables easy cable management for a safe, uncluttered work environment.
With our Smart, Collaborative Robot Pioneer
For decades, manufacturers have had very few cost-effective options for low volume, high mix production jobs. Then came Baxter – the first safe, flexible, affordable alternative to fixed automation. Companies globally have integrated Baxter into their workforce, and gained a competitive advantage.
Baxter is a proven industrial automation solution for a wide range of tasks – from line loading and machine tending, to packaging and material handling.
The Baxter Difference
Safe, by Design
Baxter is safe next to people on a production line, without the need for caging – saving money and valuable floor space.
Baxter deploys quickly and can connect to other automation in the work cell – often without third party integration.
Trained, Not Programmed
Baxter, powered by Intera, is trained by demonstration using existing personnel, reducing time and cost.
The patented technology in Baxter’s joints respond to force, allowing it to “feel” its way into fixtures.
Flexible & Re-deployable
Baxter is flexible for a range of applications and re-trainable across lines and tasks – it can be repurposed quickly across jobs.
Degrees of Freedom
With 7 DoF Baxter’s arms can maneuver much like a human’s arms, and reduce work cell reconfiguration.
The Rethink Difference
A unique software approach
What makes a collaborative robot smart? It’s the software. Intera is designed to bring the power of robotics into the hands of manufacturers trying to solve real world problems on the factory floor. Our user interface is unlike anything on the market today.
Easy to Train
Not just easy, “stupid simple” according to our customers. The Intera software platform provides a train by demonstration experience unlike any other – the robot can be trained by simply moving its arm and demonstrating the movements.
Intera Insights provides critical production metrics directly on the robot, displaying key performance indicators (KPIs) such as part counts, cycle times, speed and signals, and making them accessible on the factory floor in real time.
Fast to Deploy
Rethink is redefining the speed with which manufacturers can effectively deploy automation. Our software-driven robots, gripper kits and vision systems, combined with world class customer support, expedite successful deployments.
Embedded and External Vision
Our robots may have eyes, but it’s the embedded cameras that give them their vision. With no additional hardware, software or integration costs, the robot can perform complex vision tasks. Or in-house vision systems can be seamlessly integrated.
Leveraging titanium flexures in each joint, the robots precisely set the amount of force required, and respond to specific force, so they can make adaptive decisions while running a task. This innovation speeds up user training and robot deployment.
Safety, by Design
Our robots were built from the start to work safely next to people, without caging. In addition to being power and force limited, series elastic actuators on each joint minimize contact force. They have been certified to meet ISO requirements (ISO 10218-1:2011 and PLd Cat. 3).
While some robotics companies simply sell the technology, we’re partnering with manufacturers to build the vision of their factories of the future through smart, collaborative robots. For all of us at Rethink, our customers’ success is priority number one.
Robotic automation can solve labor issues, increase productivity and improve quality. But which manufacturing process should you automate? Where do you start? The industrial applications below make use of Sawyer’s unique features and have been proven to provide a quick return on investment.
Loading & Unloading
MOVE IT ALONG
Almost every plant in the world operates some form of line loading and unloading. Our smart, collaborative robots provide a great solution for the monotonous, yet critically important jobs of moving parts to/from tables, conveyors, and fixtures.
Their ability to maintain counts, re-orient parts and place them into position makes them a natural fit.
ONE WORD: PLASTICS
With the growing customer demand for product customization, Sawyer, the smart, collaborative robot, delivers a cost-effective, high performance factory automation tool for injection molders seeking machine tending, product inspection, and material handling capabilities – all in one, adaptable system.
PCB Handling and ICT
PCB handling and ICT have historically been difficult applications to automate due to the delicate nature of parts and the frequency of line changeovers. Sawyer, our high performance smart, collaborative robot, was designed specifically to handle these types of tasks. With its 0.1mm task repeatability and rapid redeployment capabilities, Sawyer can drop into your existing environment, without having to significantly re-configure your infrastructure. And its ability to “feel” its way into position makes it ideal for these applications.
Test and Inspection
Testing systems have historically been found only on high volume production lines. Now, our smart, collaborative robot, Sawyer, delivers the complete package that includes multi-point inspection using a single camera, full digital traceability of results, and error-proof processing.
STAMP AND PRESS
Working with metal forming and stamping machines can be dirty, dull and dangerous work. And many processes still require the “human touch.” But Sawyer, our smart, collaborative robot, loves this work and can adapt to constantly changing line configurations, precisely loading and unloading parts, and tending to complex machinery.
FEED THE MACHINE
Machine tending is one of the most boring jobs in any plant, but our smart, collaborative robots are right at home. Their ability to integrate with CNC machines make them a great solution for coordinating with the varied cycle times, loading and unloading parts, supporting finishing operations, and other machine interaction.
THE PERFECT FIT
Our smart, collaborative robots are well suited for a wide range of packaging applications. From the repetitive demands of case packing, to the high variability requirements of 3PL providers, our robots are on the job packing raw materials, finished goods and multi-pack cases for many different types of products and containers.
Industries for Collaborative Robots
Rethink’s complete smart, collaborative robot solution has the flexibility to provide automation to countless industries. Here are just a few examples.
Automotive Supply Chain
Traditional industrial robots have been utilized by automotive and auto part manufacturers for many years, doing high speed operations behind cages. Our smart, collaborative robots (cobots) can join workers on the line – whether it’s handling materials, machine tending, performing test and inspection, packing finished goods – wherever there is a monotonous, repetitive task.
Unlike other collaborative robots, Rethink’s cobots with built in force sensing are perfectly suited for the delicate work of handling electronic components, protecting fragile parts and expensive fixtures. Sawyer is easy to drop into an existing environment and fast to deploy, making it a cost-effective, high performance automation tool for PCB handling and ICT.
Many manufacturers are affected by seasonal activity and variability in customer demand. Ramping labor up and down is not unusual, but it can be hard to staff and even harder to remain competitive. Our smart, collaborative robots (cobots) are so easy to deploy, they can manage demand peaks, third shift and seasonal requirements across many different lines.
Working in metal fabrication typically involves dirty, dull and dangerous work. Our smart, collaborative robots (cobots) never complain about these types of jobs and are perfect for taking on the tasks most humans prefer to steer clear of, allowing for people to work in safer environments and take on more value-added tasks. Cobots, meanwhile, are ideal for automating repetitive metal fab tasks such as machine tending and loading and unloading parts.
Packaging and Co-Packing
Contract-driven production, promotional packaging, seasonal demand, shorter product life cycles. Companies handling these challenges value flexibility – and flexibility is where our smart, collaborative robots (cobots) excel. Their ability to be deployed easily and quickly makes them ideal for adapting to short runs and for switching from product to product as needed.
Plastics Factory Automation
Injected molded plastics are in so many products we use every day. The lightweight nature of parts makes them a great fit for our smart, collaborative robots (cobots). From loading and unloading injection molding machines, to kitting plastic components, to packaging finished parts into blister packs, to packing containers for shipping, one thing is certain – our cobots give you the ability to automate almost anything.