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Thread: Rethink Robotics, industrial and research robots, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    Got a Minute? Let's Rethink Robot Programming

    Published on Aug 24, 2015

    Learn how easy it is to train our smart, collaborative robots to perform a task in this sixty second video with Rethinker Mike Fair.

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    Collaborative Robots at Work: Sawyer and Baxter Montage

    Published on Nov 18, 2015

    Sawyer and Baxter, the smart, collaborative robots from Rethink Robotics, work in a variety of customer applications, including packaging, machine tending, circuit board testing and other tasks that are not practical to automate with traditional industrial robots.

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    Customer Success Story - Stenner Pump Company

    Published on Jan 11, 2016

    Stenner Pump Company in Jacksonville, FL leverages their Baxter collaborative robot in its manufacturing plant to increase flexibility and efficiency, allowing for quicker product development and delivery.

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    Customer Support Success Stories

    Published on Jan 14, 2016

    Hear from manufacturers about their experiences integrating our collaborative robots into their production lines, and the ongoing customer support they receive from the Rethink Robotics team.

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    Rethink Robotics interview

    Published on Mar 10, 2016

    Hi guys and welcome, I am Philip English from and on this video is an interview with Mike Fair from Rethink Robotics. We managed to speak to Mike at the IREX 2015 Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.

    When Rethink Robotics founder Rodney Brooks was producing the Roomba vacuum at iRobot in the 2000s, he saw first-hand how challenging and inefficient the off-shored manufacturing process could be. By the end of that decade, he founded Rethink Robotics, with the intent of providing an entirely new type of automation to manufacturers. One that was safe to work with next to without cages; easily and manually trainable by non-engineers; flexible enough to move quickly form job to job without an integrator; and affordable for companies of all sizes. That vision was realized with the introduction of Baxter in 2012. Followed by Sawyer in 2015.

    Philip: Hi guys! Philip English, we are with Mike Fair who’s from Rethink Robotics and we are just gonna get a quick overview and we’ll see about their new robot. That we’re very very excited about and first of Mike can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit more about the company.

    Mike: Sure. My name is Mike Fair, Application Sales Manager of Rethink Robotics. We are headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Company’s been around since 2008 we originally came out with our first product Baxter which has been availabe in the market for the last 3 years, and The Baxter research robot which has been available in UK and very shortly we’ll be bringing Sawyer, our high performance robot to the market in the UK as well.

    Philip: Ok It sounds ver very exciting and this is what we’ve been waiting for. So we know that Baxter has been in the education field, I’ve been around in a few years around the UK i’ve seen it there. its been exciting to see the next set now. The first question, so why is this got one arm and baxter have two arms?

    Mike: That’s a great question, so when we introduced Baxter, Baxter is very big in stature and it takes up a lot of space and through our research in manufacturing and a lot of the Asian market aswell is that we really need to have a smaller form factor where the robot can fit into a tighter spots primarily machine tending and circuit guard testing applications like we’re demonstrating here.

    Philip: Brilliant, can you give us a quick demo so how to move it around

    Mike: Sure so much similar to Baxter it has the same exact software so you if you can use Baxter you can use Sawyer. Its a 7 degree of freedom arm which has a lot of maneuverability and versatility and different motion that it can do. It’s a compliant arm every joint has a spring on it which makes it primarily safe to work side by side with. It can detect when it bumps into person so i’ll just do a quick demonstration of that.

    Philip: Nice, sounds good to me but i got a quick question about the actual load so how much can it pick-up

    Mike: So it can pick-up about 4kgs. of weight its maximum payload. Its precision is .1mm so its a very precise robot compare to Baxter which was design around for more gross task like packaging not requiring higher amount of precision.

    Philip: Yeah i just saw that as we speak and it was banging into you but it was bouncing back again so the safety there which was the key thing. And what is the total weight of the robot?

    Mike: Total weight is 19kgs for the arm.

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    Customer Success Story - Donnelly Custom Manufacturing

    Published on Mar 28, 2016

    At Donnelly Custom Manufacturing in Alexandria, MN, two Baxter collaborative robots are performing precise, time consuming and repetitive tasks. The robots are performing tasks such as removing parts from a conveyor belt and stacking each part on customized stacking devices.

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    Customer Success Story - Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

    Published on Jan 18, 2017

    Yanfeng, the global leader in automotive interiors, has two Sawyer collaborative robots working in one of it's factories in Michigan. Both Sawyer cobots are being utilized on packaging tasks.

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