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Applications

Industrial automation can solve labor issues, increase productivity and improve quality. But which manufacturing process should you automate? The industrial applications below make use of Sawyer’s unique cobot features and have been proven to provide a quick return on investment. Read more in the guide below on how to automate tasks with collaborative robots, and learn how  to put Sawyer to work.

Pick & Place

Almost every plant in the world operates some form of line loading and unloading. Rethink Robotics’ smart, collaborative robot Sawyer provides a great solution for the monotonous, yet critically important jobs of moving parts to/from tables, conveyors, and fixtures. The ability to maintain counts, re-orient parts and place them into position makes Sawyer a natural fit.


Plastic Injection & Blow Molding

With growing customer demand for product customization, Sawyer, the smart collaborative robot, delivers a cost-effective, high performance factory automation tool for injection molders seeking machine tending, product inspection, and material handling capabilities – all in one, adaptable system.


PCB Handling & ICT

PCB handling and ICT have historically been applications that were difficult to automate due to the delicate nature of parts and the frequency of line changeovers. Sawyer, the high performance, easy to use, flexible and popular collaborative robot, was designed specifically to handle these types of tasks. With its rapid redeployment capabilities, Sawyer can drop into a customer’s existing environment without having to significantly re-configure the existing infrastructure. In addition, the ability to “feel” its way into position makes the cobot ideal for these applications.


Testing & Quality Inspection

Testing systems have historically been found only on high volume production lines. Now, Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot delivers the complete package that includes multi-point inspection using a single camera, full digital traceability of results, and error-proof processing.


Metal Stamping & Press Tending

Working with metal forming and stamping machines can be dirty, dull and dangerous work. And many processes still require the “human touch.” But Sawyer, the easy to use, flexible, collaborative robot, is a high performer in these tasks and can adapt to constantly changing line configurations, precisely loading and unloading parts, and tending to complex machinery.


CNC Machine Tending

Machine tending is one of the most boring jobs in any plant.  Easy to use and flexible Sawyer´s ability to integrate with CNC machines makes the cobot a great solution for coordinating the varied cycle times, loading and unloading of parts, supporting finishing operations, and other machine interactions.


Co-Packing & End-of-Line Packaging

The easy to use and flexible, collaborative robot Sawyer is well suited for a wide range of packaging applications.  From the repetitive demands of case packing, to the high variability requirements of 3PL providers, Rethink Robotics’ robot is on the job packing raw materials, finished goods and multi-pack cases for many different types of products and containers.

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