Designed for Collaborative
Collaborative robotics presents unique challenges for end of arm tooling (EOAT) that may be unfamiliar to those familiar with conventional robotic EOAT. Worker safety is always a primary consideration in any robotic application but there are more stringent requirements for collaborative applications. End of arm tooling exists for many applications, such as assembly, dispensing or labeling. Each collaborative robotic application requires a specific type of tool that must comply with collaborative robotic safety guidelines. The most common type of EOAT for collaborative robotics is a gripper.
Yaskawa has partnered with the following companies to provide EOAT and other equipment that meets or exceeds collaborative safety requirements.
Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, machine vision systems, and AI technology that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.
OnRobot is a company born global with headquarters in the robotic cluster capital Odense, Denmark. We provide innovative Plug & Produce End-of-Arm Tools that help manufacturers take full advantage of the benefits of collaborative robots: ease of use, cost-effectiveness and safe to use alongside human workers.
Pilz Automation Safety, LP
The Pilz Group is a global supplier of products, systems and services for automation technology. With 42 subsidiaries and branches around the world, Pilz supplies safe solutions for people, machinery and the environment.
At Robotiq, we free human hands from repetitive tasks. Our tools and know-how simplify collaborative robot applications so that factories can start production faster. Robotiq works with a global network of robotics experts supporting their local manufacturers.
Schmalz is the world’s leading supplier of vacuum technology and provides customers, for a wide variety of industries, with efficient automation solutions. From universal area grippers to configurable end effectors, Schmalz offers a comprehensive range of vacuum components.
Schunk, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology, offers the world’s most comprehensive range of hydraulic, pneumatic and electric grippers in stock. Known for their precision and robustness, Schunk grippers provide stability and efficiency for assembly and handling.
SICK is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial sensors and offers a full portfolio of intelligent automation solutions for logistics. SICK helps retailers, equipment manufacturers, and delivery enterprises adopt agile strategies for their fulfillment processes to balance between sophisticated online and in-store consumer buying behaviors.
Soft Robotics unlocks robotic automation for large, meaningful markets and labor starved industries such as food and beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce. Leveraging patented material science and AI algorithms, Soft Robotics designs and builds automation solutions and soft robotic gripping systems that can grasp and manipulate items with the same dexterity of the human hand.
Vention is a next-generation digital manufacturing platform for machine design, enabling engineers and other manufacturing professionals to design, order and assemble custom factory equipment in just a few days. Vention’s AI-enabled, cloud-based MachineBuilder 3D™ integrates a comprehensive library of modular parts for applications such as automated equipment, robot cells, tooling, and conveyors.
Zimmer Group US Inc.
Zimmer Group is a family-owned, German manufacturer of precision-quality components in six major technologies: handling technology, damping technology, linear technology, process technology, machine tooling technology and system technology. More than 30 years' experience and innovation make it one of the worldwide leading manufacturers and providers of high-precision industrial components such as grippers, tool changers, crash protection, axis components, robot accessories and also complete end of arm turnkey gripper systems.
Custom Equipment Consultation
Your robotic process may require a type of tool with different safety considerations based on the design of the tool and work being performed. In every case, all collaborative safety measures must be observed in the design of the tool and operation of the collaborative robot. If you are unsure if your EOAT is suitable for collaborative operation, contact us. We can help you assess whether your tooling/process can be modified for compliance, or if you should consider different tooling.