Rethink Robotics Added to Automation Lineup
Wisconsin’s manufacturing workforce may find themselves working alongside a robot in the near future thanks to a new distribution agreement between Price Engineering of Hartland, WI and Rethink Robotics of Boston, MA.
According to Tom Price Jr., President and CEO of Price Engineering, “Collaborative Robots, sometimes known as cobots, are changing the industrial landscape with their ability to take on dull and/or repetitive tasks that may be unappealing to human workers. They are specifically designed to integrate into the existing workforce and equipment, without the need for fixed guarding or even extensive programming knowledge.”
“These robots are smaller, lighter and more cost effective as they complement a current work environment. The overall system is designed so existing staff can ‘train’ or ‘retrain’ the robot simply by moving the arm in the work motion they are looking for.”
Scott Eckert, president and CEO at Rethink Robotics adds, “Technology is quickly changing modern manufacturing in the U.S. In order to stay competitive, companies are finding they need to automate manual processes. With Rethink’s combination of hardware and software, combined with Price’s integration and engineering knowledge, we are excited to be bringing Wisconsin’s manufacturers the best resources to adapt automation technologies.”
To date, Rethink’s Robots have been deployed for several industry applications including CNC machining, metal fabrication, packaging and material handling and test and inspection processes.
Sawyer™, Rethink’s latest Robot, weighs less than fifty pounds and features seven degrees of freedom allowing it to reach into tight spaces and various alignments in a work area. Able to “feel” and “see”, Sawyer™ runs on Rethink’s Intera™ software for easy training and implementation.
“Price Engineering continues to look for innovative solutions in the area of automation and motion control.” says Price. “We are excited to work with Rethink Robotics, a U.S. based company, to help our customers automate their applications, address potential labor shortages and realize gains in productivity.”
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