Boston, November 18, 2014 – Du-Co Ceramics is the latest complex material manufacturer to leverage robotics as an innovation platform, adding Rethink Robotics’ Baxter robot to its ceramic parts production line. Baxter works alongside the Du-Co team to place ceramic parts into a saggar, readying the parts for firing in the kiln.
Du-Co Ceramics is a leader in the ‘Made in America’ movement, creating and distributing technical ceramic products around the world. Headquartered in Saxonburg, PA, Du-Co employs more than 250 employees at two separate manufacturing facilities in the United States.
“As a custom shop, every day presents a new challenge on the plant floor. Most automation solutions don’t have the flexibility needed to respond quickly enough to these changes in demand – but Baxter does,” said Josh Rupp, Process Engineer at Du-Co Ceramics. “Baxter picks up and moves parts four at a time – allowing us to respond in record time.”
With one Baxter deployed for less than a month, Du-Co already has plans to use a second Baxter in its process. After a smooth integration into a pick-and-place task, Du-Co envisions Baxter handling machine tending and bulk handling tasks in the future. Baxter can rapidly adapt to changes in process and parts allowing Du-Co to improve operational efficiency while maintaining precision and quality in its complex ceramics parts.
“Du-Co Ceramics is an excellent example of a manufacturer looking to balance flexibility with efficiency, precision and cost,” said Jim Lawton, CMO of Rethink Robotics. “Like many of the manufacturers we work with, Du-Co is maintaining a competitive edge by building the factory of the future, leveraging smart, adaptive automation solutions that can quickly adjust to dynamic environments.”
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About Rethink Robotics
“Rethink Robotics, Inc. helps manufacturers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining trainable, safe and cost-effective robots with skilled labor. Its Baxter robot, driven by Intera, an advanced software platform, gives world-class manufacturers and distributors in automotive, plastics, consumer goods, electronics and more, a workforce multiplier that optimizes labor. With Rethink Robotics, manufacturers increase flexibility, lower costs and can invest in skilled labor—all advantages in fueling continuous innovation and sustainable competitive advantage.
Committed to accelerating robotics innovation in manufacturing and beyond, Rethink Robotics’ Baxter Research Robot gives academic and corporate research environments a humanoid robot platform with integrated sensors and an open software development kit for creating custom applications.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the company is funded by Bezos Expeditions, Charles River Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures. For more information about Rethink Robotics, please visit www.rethinkrobotics.com