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 driven by the revolutionary Intera software platform, making our robots the easiest to train and fastest to deploy in the industry.

A unique software approach

What makes a collaborative robot smart?  It’s the software. Intera is designed to bring the power of robotics into the hands of manufacturers trying to solve real world problems on the factory floor. Our user interface is unlike anything on the market today.

Easy to Train

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

Data Insights

Intera Insights provides critical production metrics directly on the robot, displaying key performance indicators (KPIs) such as part counts, cycle times, speed and signals, and making them accessible on the factory floor in real time.

Fast to Deploy

Rethink is redefining the speed with which manufacturers can effectively deploy automation. Our software-driven robots, gripper kits and vision systems, combined with world class customer support, expedite successful deployments.

Embedded and External 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 perform complex vision tasks.  Or in-house vision systems can be seamlessly integrated.

Force Sensing

Leveraging titanium flexures in each joint, 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 speeds up user training and robot deployment.

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. They have been certified to meet ISO requirements (ISO 10218-1:2011 and PLd Cat. 3).

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, our customers’ success is priority number one.