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Industries for Collaborative Robots

Rethink’s easy to use and fast to deploy collaborative robot Sawyer can provide flexible and reliable industrial automation to countless industries. Here are just a few examples showcasing Sawyercobots at work.

Automotive Supply Chain

Traditional industrial robots have been utilized by automotive and auto part manufacturers for many years, doing high speed operations behind cages. Our smart, collaborative robots (cobots) can join workers on the line  with flexibility – whether it’s handling materials, machine tending, performing test and inspection, packing finished goods – wherever there is a monotonous, repetitive task.

Automotive Supplier Solving Labor Shortage

Automotive manufacturers have turned to lightweighting in recent years – the trend of substituting heavy metal parts with plastic to reduce vehicle mass and create greater efficiency. Plastic injection molding machines require constant tending – and those jobs are hard to fill. Sawyer is ideal for taking on these dull, repetitive tasks when labor is hard to find.

Electronics Manufacturing

Unlike other collaborative robots, Rethink Robotics cobots with built in force sensing are perfectly suited for the delicate work of handling electronic components, protecting fragile parts and expensive fixtures. Sawyeris easy to drop into an existing environment and fast to deploy, making it a cost-effective, high-performance automation tool for PCB handling and ICT (In-circuit testing).

Electronic Component Manufacturer Increases Production Output

The testing of circuit board assemblies – separating the “good ones” from the “bad ones” – is a dull but critical job that is often difficult for staff. Sawyer, with high resolution force control to protect parts that could easily be damaged, is an ideal automation solution to keep production going.

Electronics Manufacturer Improves Quality and Increases Output

In-circuit testing (ICT) is a pretty simple process (insert circuit board, start test run, sort boards based on test results), but it can quickly become a bottleneck, taking employees’ time that could be spent on more complex steps in the electronic manufacturing process. Sawyer, with its high resolution force control to protect delicate parts, is an ideal automation solution to increase output and is highly accepted by its human colleagues.

General Manufacturing

Many manufacturers are affected by seasonal activity and variability in customer demand. Ramping labor up and down is not unusual, but it can be hard to staff and even harder to remain competitive. Rethink Robotic´s smart, collaborative robots (cobots) are flexible and very easy to deploy, they can manage demand peaks, third shifts and seasonal requirements across many different lines. If you are interested in renting your cobot in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, HAHN RobShare within the robotics division of the HAHN Group, is your partner for robot rental solutions.

Small Manufacturer Shortens Supply Chain

Automation used to be accessible only to very large manufacturers using big expensive robots to execute the same task over and over again for months. But now Rethink Robotic´s smart collaborative robots are affordable and adaptable enough for small, family run businesses, allowing them to increase quality, reduce reliance on third party suppliers and remain competitive

Furniture Manufacturer Fills Labor Gap

Many manufacturers deal with demand seasonality. When educational institutions are part of your customer base, staffing for back-to-school deadlines can be very challenging.  Sawyer is an adaptable automation solution that can adapt to the ebbs and flows of production runs, and reduce the risk of downtime.

Metal Fabrication

Working in metal fabrication typically involves dirty, dull and dangerous work. Rethink Robotic´s smart, collaborative robot (cobot) never complains about these types of jobs and is perfect for taking on the tasks most humans prefer to steer clear of, allowing  people to work in safer environments and take on more value-added tasks. Cobots like Sawyer, meanwhile, are ideal for automating repetitive metal fab tasks such as machine tending and loading and unloading parts. This makes Sawyer very popular among employees.

Manufacturer Increases Productivity and Improves Workplace Safety

In metal fabrication, typical tasks include tending a machine and manipulating parts to be cut, formed, welded, and inspected. Not only can these be extremely tedious, but also quite dangerous. As a result, fab shops turn to automation in the form of affordable collaborative robots, allowing people to take on more value-added work while also avoiding injuries.

Packaging and Co-Packing

Contract-driven production, promotional packaging, seasonal demand, shorter product life cycles. Companies handling these challenges value flexibility – and flexibility is where the smart, collaborative robot (cobot) Sawyer excels. The ability to be deployed easily, flexibly and quickly makes Sawyer ideal for adapting to short runs and for switching from product to product as needed.

Co-packer Increases Productivity

Many manufacturers rely on co-packers to gain operational efficiencies and get their products into stores. And co-packers often turn to automation to improve their own productivity and adapt to changing consumer buying trends. Rethink Robotic´s smart, collaborative robot is perfect for many sorting and packing tasks, allowing their human co-workers to focus on higher skilled jobs.

Plastics Factory Automation

Injected molded plastics are in so many products we use every day. The lightweight nature of parts makes them a great fit for Rethink Robotic´s smart, collaborative robot (cobot). From loading and unloading injection molding machines, to kitting plastic components, to packaging finished parts into blister packs, to packing containers for shipping, one thing is certain – Sawyergives customers the ability to automate almost anything.

Cobots Provide Labor Solution for Plastics Blow Molding Manufacturer

Plastics manufacturers are all too familiar with the struggle to fill the dull, repetitive jobs that tend to drive most people away within their first shift. However, those same tasks – such as packing plastic bottles into a container – are a perfect match for collaborative robots, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And with an ROI in a matter of months, it’s a manufacturing automation solution that just makes sense.

Plastics Manufacturer Boosts Efficiency and Drives Growth

Picking parts from a press and then placing them in a CNC machine is tedious work. Doing that hour after hour, while also counting the parts to fill a box with the proper amount is a recipe for human error. Cobots are an ideal fit for these repetitive, dull tasks so common in plastics manufacturing.

Injection Molder Increases Throughput

The degating operation of the plastic injection molding process is a monotonous and repetitive task for a human worker, one that often ends up with part quality issues or potentially repetitive stress injuries for employees. Sawyer is a perfect automation solution for this kind of job, and can help increase output while at the same time, improve part quality.

Injection Molder Achieves Quick ROI

Once plastic parts are formed by an injection molder, the next step in the production process often involves a CNC machine. But finding the labor to pick parts and precisely place them in a CNC machine for three shifts a day, five or even seven days per week, can be impossible. Cobot SawyerTM can handle the parts all day, and it can pay for itself in just a few months.

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