ATLANTA – Although it pulled some human staff from its MODEX presence, due to fears about COVID-19, Universal Robots did populate its booths with plenty of collaborative robots (cobots).
The UR booth is the first public display of the Quick Deployment Kit (QDK) a collaborative, accurate, and scalable solution for parcel induction, case packing, and goods-to-person tasks developed by MDCI Automation, a Universal Robots Certified Systems Integrator in partnership with Plus One Robotics.
Using a vision engine powered by PlusOne’s PickOne Software and Universal Robots’ UR10e cobot arm, the QDK identifies the pick points for items in a pick zone and sends the points to the UR cobot that picks and places each item onto a place zone/conveyor. The QDK can keep up with fast-moving conveyor speed and is able to “learn” to pick targets via human assistance through a remote alerting technology.
“Universal Robots’ collaborative robot platform delivers proven hardware, ease of programming, and a large ecosystem of UR+ partners providing industry-leading products that are tested and approved to work with UR cobots,” says Kurt Scheffler, VP of engineering at MDCI Automation. The company integrated a UR+ certified gripper from Soft Robotics and cell equipment from UR+ partner Vention in the QDK.
UR’s MODEX booth is also the launch pad for Cross Company’s new Cross Palletron, a solution that uses the UR10e cobot to create a collaborative and mobile palletizer and de-palletizer. Cross’s software eliminates the need for complex robotic programming and makes redeploying the palletizer for a different production line or package size much quicker.
“We are excited to bring this solution to market as we hear from many of our customers that keeping these mundane tasks staffed is an ongoing challenge,” says Lynn Crump, president of the Cross Company Automation Group.
“In fact, our customers have reported to us that this system has an ROI of less than two years for single shift operations and even sooner for those with multiple shifts.”
RightHand Robotics’ UR-powered solution took the MODEX 2018 show by storm as RightPick set a world record of piece-picks delivered at a tradeshow, successfully picking and placing 131,072 items over the course of the three-day show. This year brings RightHand Robotics’ new MHI Innovation Award-winning RightPick2 platform, which has an intelligent gripper, a vision system, control software and a UR5e cobot handling the “3Rs”; the widest Range of products at high Rate and Reliability.
“With e-Series cobots from Universal Robots we’re able to provide customers with the predictability they need to fulfill orders quickly and accurately,” says Vince Martinelli, head of product and marketing at RightHand Robotics.
“Universal’s cobots are easy to work with and so is the team at UR. They’ve been a reliable and responsive supplier and partner to us at RightHand, giving us the confidence to incorporate their advanced technology into our platform.”