Kawasaki Robotics provides first take a look at its collaborative robots


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Kawasaki Robotics' CL Series of collaborative robots. | Source: Kawasaki Robotics.

The CL Series of collaborative robots. | Source: Kawasaki Robotics

CHICAGO — Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc. gave a primary take a look at its new CL household of collaborative robots at Automate this week. The firm additionally confirmed off new functions utilizing the Kawasaki R Series and BX Series of business robots. 

“From our AI-enabled robots to our rich library of technology partners, it’s the collective use of human ingenuity that fuels Kawasaki’s product offerings,” acknowledged Seiji Amazawa, president of Kawasaki Robotics. “Our goal is to harness industrial automation in a way that makes the possibilities virtually limitless for our customers, and our Automate showing will help to reinforce that.”

Kawasaki Robotic added that the CL Series and new functions display its “commitment to continually optimizing its product offerings, aided by its technology-agnostic stance and expanding network of partners.” The Wixom, Mich.-based firm is a unit of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which has greater than 50 years of automation expertise and is a number one provider of industrial robots.

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CL collection combines cobot, industrial options

Kawasaki Robotics claimed its CL collection combines the protection and intuitiveness of collaborative robots with a strong design that “unlocks the speed and productivity of industrial robotics.” The new robots, designed and in-built Germany, use robotic help expertise from NEURA Robotics, a Kawasaki companion.

Kawasaki had a dual-armed cobot 9 years in the past, however it had an absence in its product vary, Alexandre Boffi, supervisor for basic industries gross sales at Kawasaki, advised The Robot Report.

“We observed what the industry needed — more repeatability, accuracy, robustness, and environmental protection,” he mentioned. “A cobot also had to do what Kawasaki’s industrial robots can do, which led to our collaboration with NEURA.”

The new cobots can attain a velocity of 200º/s and repeatability of ±0.02 mm (0.0007 in.). The robots have payload capacities and reaches of three kg/590 mm (6.6 lb./23.2 in.), 5 kg/800 mm (11 lb./31.5 in.), 8 kg/1,300 mm (17.6 lb./51.2 in.), and 10 kg/1,000 mm (22 lb./39.3 in.), respectively.

“Customers don’t want to sacrifice speed, accuracy, or reliability,” mentioned Boffi. “Ease of use is driving demand for cobots.”

In addition, the CL collection has free mounting orientations, small footprints, and IP66 classification. Kawasaki famous that the cobots’ parts embody built-in 24-bit encoders, excessive decision, and light-weight development.

The CL collection additionally consists of an intuitive person interface and proprietary security structure to facilitate human-robot collaboration, mentioned the firm.

Like NEURA’s 4NE-1 within the adjoining sales space, Kawasaki’s “skunkworks” has labored by itself humanoid robotic, the Kaleido, Boffi mentioned.

“Humanoids are like Formula 1 racecars compared with passenger cars,” he mentioned. “They’ll result in smaller controllers and optimized motion control, like our KRNX API [application programming interface], which provides low latency, real-time control, and full access to the BIOS. We’re really focused on building the best tools to help businesses.”


Kawasaki Robotics collectively exhibits new functions

Kawasaki additionally demonstrated functions developed with its companions, corresponding to an adaptable ending system designed by Advanced Machine & Tool (AMT) Precision Parts that may deal with numerous supplies and floor varieties. It additionally confirmed unstructured parcel sorting with the Kawasaki R Series and Mech Mind‘s 3D digicam and AI-powered software program.

CRG Automation displayed multi-SKU palletizing and depalletizing utilizing a BX130X robotic and an automatic corner-board software utilizing a RS00L robotic. Olis Robotics‘ Olis Connect edge-hosted product supplied distant management and monitoring of your complete system.

“As customer demand for products of all kinds increases and the unceasing need for skilled labor remains, robotics and automation are clear answers to this widespread industry problem,” mentioned Amazawa. “We are motivated by our passion for creating the best possible robotic solutions to ensure our customers see nothing but excitement, potential, and growth when they look to the future.”

Kawasaki Robotics and Olis Robotics have additionally collectively supplied robots and controls they mentioned will allow clients to restart manufacturing sooner, cut back troubleshooting and downtime prices by as much as 90%, and achieve entry to professional assist extra rapidly.


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