While any good production line takes safety seriously, integrating robotics into an environment inhabited by people can be complicated and inconvenient. Cages take up space, and designing a system that keeps people a safe distance from systems in operation gives you a lot of hoops to jump through.
Baxter, from Rethink Robotics, solves this issue. With no safety cages or integration required, as well as a cost of only $25,000, the Baxter interactive production robot saves you money. And with the ability to perform a wide array of tasks, including line loading, machine tending, packaging, and material handling, and to do it alongside people, Baxter is a great option for low-volume, high-mix production jobs.
Powered by the Intera platform, Baxter improves itself over time. Intera provides an easy-to-use graphical interface that your current staff can master quickly. It allows Baxter to be trained via demonstration, enabling non-technical staff to build programs easily and modify them as necessary. It handles changing environments well and provides an extensible production platform that uses the most modern tools to maximize Baxter’s flexibility as well as its usefulness.
Those tools include a set of accessories that help customize Baxter for the job at hand. They include:
- Vacuum cup grippers: These can be used to pick up a wide range of objects, including ones that are smooth, non-porous, or flat. Powered by your external air supply line, the vacuum cup grippers can handle a payload of up to five pounds.
- Elective parallel grippers: These give Baxter the ability to lift rigid and semi-rigid objects of a variety of shapes and sizes. To match the object at hand, use the interchangeable fingers and fingertips that come in the kit. Baxter’s grippers have an actuation time of under a second and the ability to grab an object from either the inside or outside using multiple grasping widths.
- Mobile pedestal: Baxter can either be bolted to a secured table or attached to this rolling pedestal for moving quickly and safely between workstations. It has adjustable heights and leveling feet to fit multiple positions. It also can move through standard doorways easily and supports easy cable management, so Baxter’s space limitations are minimal.
Baxter’s ease-of-use, versatility, and ability to work closely with people all add up to make it a great choice for manufacturers of all sizes. Baxter can do the monotonous tasks your people don’t want to do, and free them up to use their skills in more efficient – and enjoyable – ways. To learn more about Baxter, visit Rethink Robotics’ website. And if you’re ready to see how Baxter can fit in your existing setup, or whether that setup is the best one for you, contact us here at Allied Automation. We’re always glad to help.