Comau + MGM ROBOTICS (case115)
Comau’s Racer-5 COBOT has been tested in box handling application by the System Integrator MGM ROBOTICS; it was able to provide a dual role as a collaborative and industrial robot.
The application replicates box handling where the robot loads an AGILE 1500, Comau's AGV. The robot’s collaborative mode, in parallel with its industrial speed allows for faster interaction with the operator during the box loading / unloading.
The advantage of this solution is that the robot can easily switch from the collaborative mode to the industrial mode without any problems; when the operator is nearby, the robot slows down and becomes collaborative (green LED light on), when the operator goes out the safe area, the robot is able to resume its cycle at industrial speed. The robot only stops in the event of a contact or an emergency.
In addition to the ease of operation, simple installation is another distinct benefits of the new Racer-5 Cobot. The machine offers all the advantages of an industrial anthropomorphic robot but does not need access barriers – a considerable saving in cost and footprint. Instead of physical barriers, the robot uses laser scanner and radar systems to detect the presence of operators in critical areas.
MGM Robotics Process Engineer Davide Ventrella explains:
“This is a major achievement for Comau, especially given the strict safety standards in the field of robotics. Various precautions have been adopted, like anti-pinch covers, new wrist actions, and an LED collar that clearly identifies the mode the robot is operating in. The designers have also developed a new software architecture that recognises accidental contact and stops the machine safely if necessary. It also ensures that collaborative mode is engaged automatically if an operator approaches the robot’s manoeuvring area.”
Dual nature: collaborative and industrial
Interaction with the human operator
Ease of operation andSimple installation
Saving in cost and footprint
No need of access barriers
About MGM ROBOTICS SRL
MGM ROBOTICS realizes robotic systems and automated applications with the main objective of speeding up and simplifying production processes in different industrial sectors.