Collaborative Robots

In 2012, Rethink Robotics ushered in the new age of collaborative robots, with the introduction of Baxter. Before Baxter, people and robots did not work side by side. Manufacturing robots were kept behind cages, programmed by highly paid specialists, and were purchased for a single purpose only. Rethink changed all of that.

Collaborative robots are safe to be around, require a much smaller footprint, and are inexpensive enough to provide a rapid return on investment. They are the solution of choice for manufacturers looking to boost productivity and quality in their operations. An industry that once looked to automation for volume production is now seeking flexibility, as labor rates rise, consumer demands constantly change, and companies compete in a global market.

The Rethink Difference

Many companies call their robots collaborative. But our smart, collaborative robots offer a different approach to automation with a fully integrated robotic solution through a single vendor. And our powerful Intera software platform makes our robots the easiest to train and fastest to deploy in the industry.

Easy to Train

Not just easy, “stupid simple” according to our customers. Our revolutionary Intera software provides a train by demonstration experience unlike any other – the robot can be trained by simply moving its arm and demonstrating the movements.

Fast to Deploy

Rethink is redefining the speed with which manufacturers can effectively deploy automation. Our software-driven robots, combined with a family of gripper kits, offer a single source solution for fully integrated deployments.

Embedded Vision

Our robots may have eyes, but it’s the embedded cameras that give them their vision. With no additional hardware, software or integration costs, the robot can identify parts and pick them much like a human, reducing the high cost of fixturing for part presentation.


Flexibility is critical in manufacturing. Our smart, collaborative robots are ideal for environments with frequent line turnover, inconsistent part presentation and order customization. Our Robot Positioning System provides dynamic re-orientation for easy redeployment.

Force Sensing

Leveraging titanium flexures in each of the joints, the robots precisely set the amount of force required, and respond to specific force, so they can make adaptive decisions while running a task. This innovation dramatically speeds up user training and robot deployment.

7 Degrees of Freedom

Like a human arm, our collaborative robots have 7 degrees of freedom, allowing them to maneuver around obstacles, into tight spaces and function in work cells that are developed for people. This reduces workcell reconfiguration, and ultimately saves time and money.

Safety, by Design

Our robots were built from the start to work safely next to people, without caging. In addition to being power and force limited, series elastic actuators on each joint minimize contact force. Their mechanical design and human-like cadence inherently reduce risk.

Customer Support

While some robotics companies simply sell the technology, we’re partnering with manufacturers to build the vision of their factories of the future through smart, collaborative robots. For all of us at Rethink Robotics, our customers’ success is priority number one.