Baxter’s beauty is far more than skin deep. In fact, it’s what you don’t see that separates this robot from any other solution on the market. Loaded with sensors, back-drivable motors and our patented Series Elastic Actuators, Baxter’s compliant arms are a breakthrough in safety, adaptability and performance.
What Makes Baxter Different
Series Elastic Actuators
Our patented SEA technology uses springs to advance the robot’s motion control solution from one of rigid positioning to one of force control. This gives Baxter its unique smoothness of handling, and ensures it won’t damage parts, fixtures, materials or humans during operation.
Baxter was designed from the ground up to work safely next to people without cages or external control safeguards. Its smooth, polymer, pinch-proof exterior, combined with back-drivable motors and force detecting sensors, work in concert to minimize the impact of inadvertent contact.
Embedded sensors allow Baxter to “feel” and compensate for common task variables in order to place parts into a fixture or alignment. While other robots can only drive to particular coordinates, Baxter recognizes and adjusts to subtle changes similarly to its human co-workers.
Baxter takes a revolutionary approach to programming, with an entirely manual training process that non-technical, in-house staff can master in very little time. With Baxter, the robot is the interface, with a sophisticated yet simple GUI that empowers employees to train or modify the automation themselves.
Flexible & Redeployable
Fixed automation is usually a poor fit for high mix environments, because the time spent programming and deploying an industrial robot to perform a task is often too great to justify its use for lower volume jobs. Baxter, however, is ideal for environments requiring a great deal of flexibility. It can be easily modified, moved, re-trained and redeployed from one job to the next as production requirements dictate.
Baxter is a complete system, with all the hardware, software and controls it needs to get right to work. The result? A greatly streamlined process that can save significant money and time over the complex integration required for traditional industrial robots. And if you need Baxter to connect to a PLC or other components in your automation infrastructure, it easily can – giving you a wide range of integration and application options.
Baxter takes a uniquely “adaptive” approach to its work. It can automatically recognize and respond to unexpected events—so it can continue to work productively even after missing or dropping a part. It can visually detect objects and adapt to variables in part placement, conveyor speed, surface heights and more — without being reprogrammed.
Plus, Baxter’s compliant and force sensing arms can adaptively “feel” their way into proper position to complete a task. This not only allows Baxter to overcome many of the variability challenges on the shop floor — it enables it to work parts into positions requiring +/- 200 micron precision in many cases.
Affordable & Extensible
With a base price of only $25,000, Baxter won’t break the bank, even for smaller companies. More importantly, its flexibility and streamlined integration allow it to be used wherever and whenever it’s needed, so it often delivers an ROI well within in its first year of use.
Adding further to its value, Baxter is an extensible platform that will regularly improve after initial purchase. How? Its best of breed Intera operating system can be enhanced with regular software updates to improve performance and expand task capabilities. It all adds up to a technology investment that will custom-fit to your needs, improve its performance, and enhance its value over time.