Smart, flexible, collaborative robots (cobots) will change the face of productivity and manufacturing in Australia. Able to work alongside humans without the need for safety guarding (subject to risk assessment), cobots open vast new applications for robot technology. These cobots are easily integrated into existing production environments, and the tasks they are suited for are wide-ranging.
Traditionally, industrial robots have been developed and intended mainly for mass production involving long product life cycles. However, in fields where new models are introduced frequently at intervals of a few months, automation is considered difficult despite demand for robotisation, in terms of both preparation period and cost-effectiveness.
However, Diverseco robotics supplier Kawasaki has developed a brand-new robot that is applicable to such fields, the innovative, dual-arm ‘duAro’ SCARA collaborative robot. The new “duAro” collaborative robot area of motion is the same as that of a person, with motions similar to those of human arms and independent movements for each arm, made possible because of its dual-arm configuration.
This collaborative robot has two arms that reach horizontally from the body and that move together as a pair. This configuration can easily perform operations similar to those of a person using both arms within a one-person space. Equipped with a collision detection function and a safety function that slows down its motion when near a person, the robot can be reliably operated in tandem with the operations of workers adjacent to the machine.
They are setup with a working range to help to coexist with people in perfect harmony.
The duAro dual-arm robot, with its two coaxial arm configuration that is controlled by a single controller makes it possible to perform coordinated movement. The wheeled base on which the arms are placed accommodates the controller and enables the user to move the robot to any location desired.
Direct teaching by holding the robot’s arms allows the user to easily teach the robot the movements required of them.