Rethink Robotics™ creates robots for the manufacturing industry that are different: robots that anyone can use, any company can afford, and that require no programming.
Rethink robots know what you mean and do what you want—because they are Robots with Common Sense™. They work side-by side with people, so employees can do their jobs better and companies can compete more effectively on the global stage. They adapt quickly and automatically to changing work environment, enabling you to turn your production lines quickly and manufacture with dramatically improved productivity.
Sawyer™, a single-arm, high-performance robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks that have historically been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots.
Sawyer offers the same highly-touted safety, compliance and usability advantages of Baxter – including the iconic “face” screen, embedded sensors and train-by-demonstration user interface – while providing the smaller footprint and high precision performance needed for tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.
Weighing only 19 kg (42 lbs), Sawyer features a 4kg (8.8 lb) payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans. Its high-resolution force sensing, embedded at each joint, enables Rethink Robotics’ compliant motion control, which allows the robot to “feel” its way into fixtures or machines, even when parts or positions vary. This enables an adaptive precision that is unique to the robotics industry and allows Sawyer to work effectively in semi-structured environments.
Rethink Robotics’ recent release of Intera® 5.2, an expansion of its first-of-its-kind Intera software platform that provides critical data insights to manufacturers in real time. Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer™ gives operators and line managers valuable data at a glance, including metrics such as cycle time, part count, speed and force – data that has never before been available through a single collaborative robot vendor.
The new feature, Intera Insights, displays key performance indicators (KPIs) via a customizable dashboard on the robot’s on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor. The same charts are also fed back to the Intera Studio platform, providing visibility to other members of the manufacturing team. Intera Insights drives more informed production decisions and saves manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need to invest in or create another data collection system.
Real time production data: Intera Insights provides critical production data to manufacturers in real time. Intera Insights displays key performance indicators (KPIs) via a customaizable dashboard on the robot’s on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor. The same data can be viewed through Intera Studio, giving visibility to other members of the manufacturing team.
Embedded Vision: The combination of Intera 5 and embedded vision allows Rethink’s Sawyer to operate much like a human. 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.
Force behavior and force sensitivity: Intera 5 allows unparalleled force control on the robot. Sawyer can now respond to a specific force and make adaptive decisions while running a task. The user can also specify force in a specific direction, allowing the robot to handle and place parts much like a human would.
Intera Studio: The Intera studio allows manufacturers the tools to the fastest deployments in the world. With single source of control for the work cell, devices and robots, Intera Studio is closing the loop between data aggregation, analysis and execution – and paving the way for fully integrated IIoT.
ClickSmart Family of Gripper Kits, the latest Sawyer Accessories
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 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.