Collaborative Robots. Staying ahead of the curve

 

“BOS has a very dedicated and knowledgeable team of professionals and I would definitely recommend BOS team for any robotic applications, as I am confident that they strive for improvement with each future project”

Engineering Specialist, Nuclear Industry 

- Collaborative Customer

Imagine a world without safety barriers; a world in which humans work side by side with robots safely. In this world, the robots do all the strenuous repetitive work, freeing us up to use our brains and manual dexterity to do the lighter, more intricate jobs.

What does it take to deploy a collaborative robot? 

 

  • A creative and knowledgeable application team that has expertise to know when collaborative robots are a feasible solution. 

  • Having a close working relationship with the robot manufacturer and 3rd party PSHSR engineer 

  • Systems engineering team knowledgeable with CSA standards - ISO/TS 15066 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION Robots and robotic devices — Collaborative robots 

  • Robot risk assessment process in accordance with ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 

  • Collaboration with the customer to ensure any administrative control measures resulting from the risk assessment, Training and standard work instructions are implemented.

 

 

What steps has BOS taken to successfully deploy collaborative robots in the past? 

 

  • BOS has developed in-house collaborative robotics team that has designed and tested numerous successful applications  

  • BOS mechanical design team have used their extensive knowledge and expertise to create and implement safe collaborative robot tooling designs  

  • Rigorous safety and deployment training with Fanuc 

  • We have refined the process using lessons learned from past applications 

  • BOS collaborative robotics team has done extensive physical testing to validate the risk mitigation measures implemented based on the Risk Assessment

 

  1. Ergonomic Operator Assistant Robot

Preventing the risk of repetitive strain injuries amongst assembly line workers while improving productivity is a great reason to consider collaborative robots.  Collaborative robots can lift and position components for you, or provide a smart and adaptable lift assist when guided by the operator for part of the sequence while automating the rest of the sequence.

  1. Automated Operator Assistant Robot

A collaborative robot could be a great assistant to an operator whose value is in the intricate work on the product.  Does the operator waste time doing simple tasks like getting material, or dealing with poor product presentations?   A collaborative robot, smartly and safely deployed, can drive productivity, improve ergonomics, ultimately, making your business more competitive, profitable, and exclusive.

  1. Unskilled Task Elimination

Want your workers to focus on the skilled jobs that both satisfy, and justify their labor?  With a dwindling and more selective workforce it is essential for businesses to optimize their labor.  Get collaborative robots to move parts from point A to B, preparing the station for the operator.  Or have the robots dispense material, or install fasteners while the operator focuses on intelligent assembly or quality operations.

  1. Quality Control Assistant Robot

Collaborative robots can be a great asset in following the operations of the human to check and assure the quality of the operations.  Arm your co-bot with a camera, laser sensors, electrical test equipment, and probes to efficiently and safely test the parts in the same spot it was assembled with an operator.

 

Fanuc Lineup of Robots

Fanuc Collaborative Robot Range
  1. CR-35   BUILT-IN SAFETY FOR ALL-ROUND PROTECTION

Rather than having sensors on the robot’s surface like other manufacturers, FANUC uses proven sensor technology to ensure a completely safe contact stop. Unlike rival systems, this makes it extremely reliable and trouble-free. Restarting the robot after a stop is quick and easy thanks to a programmable button. The CR-35iA is also insensitive to moisture and dust. To keep us humans safe, the CR-35iA is covered in a soft skin that prevents pinching while its built-in anti-trap protection means it never creates gaps less than 12 cm that could trap you. However, should a risk occur you can simply push it back. 

CR-7iA and CR-7iA/L

Comes two different sizes – one standard arm and one long arm version - other than that, they are much alike. The benefit of each depends on your needs, as the standard arm is suited better if you have spacing issues, while the long arm can reach further in case your workspace is wider spread. 

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