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got a minute? let’s rethink safety with collaborative robots

in rethinking robotics by Eric Foellmer

When we first introduced Baxter as a cage-free robot in 2012, we got a lot of concerned looks from people who were accustomed to the idea of robots as rigid and dangerous machines.  I’ll never forget the amount of time and energy I spent convincing the safety officers at our first few trade shows that our collaborative robots were safe to demonstrate without traditional safety guarding around it.

Today, uncaged or lightly guarded robots fill the trade show halls as well as the manufacturing floors, as more and more companies continue to release robots that have their own way of working safely next to people.

Rethink’s smart, collaborative robots take a comprehensive approach to safety, which centers around our unique combination of compliant arms, series elastic actuators, sensors and force control technologies.  In today’s “Got a Minute?” blog, Mike Fair provides a great look at how and why we approach safety the way we do.

Give us a minute – and we’ll give you a new way of looking at what’s possible in automation.

To see more from our ‘Got a Minute’ series, watch Let’s Rethink Manufacturing. And be sure to check out the rest of the Rethink Robotics blog for more news, videos and announcements.

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About the Author

Eric Foellmer

As Rethink Robotics’ Manager of Product Marketing and Marketing Communications, Eric’s job is to tell the company's remarkable story to the world – through our website, sales tools, videos, and the many events where Baxter and Sawyer are featured. When he’s not hanging out with robots, he enjoys hanging out with his family, surfing iTunes, playing golf or watching the Red Sox.



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