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Rethink Robotics™ creates robots for the manufacturing industry that are different: robots that anyone can use, any company can afford, and that require no programming.


Smart, collaborative robot for precision tasks

Sawyer Sawyer™, a single-arm, high-performance robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks that have historically been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots.

Sawyer offers the same highly-touted safety, compliance and usability advantages of Baxter – including the iconic “face” screen, embedded sensors and train-by-demonstration user interface – while providing the smaller footprint and high precision performance needed for tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.  In addition, Sawyer runs on the Intera™ software system, the same extensible platform that powers Baxter, so it works like humans do by dynamically adapting to real-world conditions on the plant floor and integrating seamlessly into existing work cells.

Weighing only 19 kg (42 lbs), Sawyer features a 4kg (8.8 lb) payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans.  Its high-resolution force sensing, embedded at each joint, enables Rethink Robotics’ compliant motion control, which allows the robot to “feel” its way into fixtures or machines, even when parts or positions vary.  This enables an adaptive precision that is unique to the robotics industry and allows Sawyer to work effectively in semi-structured environments.  In addition, Sawyer features an embedded vision system, which includes a camera in its head to perform applications requiring a wide field of view and a Cognex camera with a built-in light source in its wrist for precision vision applications.  Sawyer’s vision system enables the Robot Positioning System for dynamic re-orientation, and over time will support more advanced features that are inherent to the Cognex system, such as barcode scanning and object recognition .

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Intera 5.2

Intera® 5.2, is an expansion of its first-of-its-kind Intera software platform that provides critical data insights to manufacturers in real time. Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer™ gives operators and line managers valuable data at a glance, including metrics such as cycle time, part count, speed and force – data that has never before been available through a single collaborative robot vendor.

The new feature, Intera Insights, displays key performance indicators (KPIs) via a customizable dashboard on the robot’s on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor. The same charts are also fed back to the Intera Studio platform, providing visibility to other members of the manufacturing team. Intera Insights drives more informed production decisions and saves manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need to invest in or create another data collection system.

The Intera 5.2 release also includes extensive additions to Sawyer’s vision capabilities. In addition to the embedded cameras that are standard with every Sawyer robot, manufacturers now have the option to seamlessly integrate an external camera in minutes. This will allow manufacturers to optimize cycle time with improved vision, or leverage in-house vision systems on Sawyer.

Sawyer with Intera 5What are the key features of Intera 5.2?

Real time production data: Intera Insights provides critical production data to manufacturers in real time. Intera Insights displays key performance indicators (KPIs) via a customaizable dashboard on the robot's on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor. The same data can be viewed through Intera Studio, giving visibility to other members of the manufacturing team.

Embedded Vision: The combination of Intera 5 and embedded vision allows Rethink’s Sawyer to operate much like a human. With no additional hardware, software or integration costs, the robot can now identify parts and pick much like a human, reducing the high cost of fixturing for part presentation.

Force behavior and force sensitivity: Intera 5 allows unparalleled force control on the robot. Sawyer can now respond to a specific force and make adaptive decisions while running a task. The user can also specify force in a specific direction, allowing the robot to handle and place parts much like a human would.

Intera Studio: The Intera studio allows manufacturers the tools to the fastest deployments in the world. With single source of control for the work cell, devices and robots, Intera Studio is closing the loop between data aggregation, analysis and execution – and paving the way for fully integrated IIoT.

How does Intera 5.2 increase quality, productivity and profitability in manufacturing operations?

With Intera 5.2, manufacturers will have unprecedented orchestration of the work cell, greatly reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and outdated automation options – such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). It will allow robots, traditional industrial machines, conveyors and other factory equipment to seamlessly work together for improved efficiency. Manufacturers will be equipped to achieve immediate bottom-line improvements in productivity, quality and efficiency on the factory floor. Intera 5 gives manufacturers an immediate step toward gaining all of the benefits promised by the vision of the IIoT, with no disruption to current operations, no expensive and complex integrations costs, along with its immediate and measureable ROI, improving metrics from cycle time to throughput and more.

Intera 5.2 is also a step toward the smart factory of the future, giving manufacturers easy access to data that previously did not exist or wasn’t extractable from humans, and improving efficiency on the factory floor. The software will help to improve metrics for important equations like downtime, throughput, capacity utilization, overall equipment effectiveness and cycle time.

Get to know Intera 5.2 by downloading the datasheet here.












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Rethink's ClickSmart family of Gripper Kits, the latest Sawyer Accessories

ClickSmart Plate

ClickSmaart Plate

The ClickSmart Plate is the cornerstone of the ClickSmart family – its quick release mechanism lets you swap end-effectors in seconds, without using any tools. Embedded sensors store the configuration of the connected end-effector when the ClickSmart Plate is attached to a Sawyer collaborative robot. It immediately recognizes the type of end-effector and knows how to control it.

ClickSmart Vacuum Foam Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Foam Gripper

Vacuum Foam Gripper Kit (VFG): Designed for applications where different sized parts need to be picked or where surfaces are uneven. The kit includes: 1 foam vacuum gripper and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors. The foam gripper is 80 mm diameter

ClickSmart Vacuum Large Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Larg Vacuum Gripper

Vacuum Large Gripper Kit (VLG): Designed for applications where large and/or multiple parts need to be picked up at the same time. The kit includes assembly for up to 4 G ¼ thread vacuum cups (4 angle clamps, 4 extension tubes, 4 push fittings, 4 bag lip vacuum cups, 4 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.

ClickSmart Vacuum Small Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Small Vacuum Gripper

Vacuum Small Gripper Kit (VSG): Designed for applications where the pick surface area may be small and swap time is important. The kit includes assembly for up to 8 M5 thread vacuum cups (8 angle clamps, 8 extension tubes, 8 push fittings, 8 conducting vacuum cups, 8 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.

ClickSmart Pneumatic Large Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Large Pneumatic Gripper

Pneumatic Large Gripper Kit (PLG): Designed for gripping large parts, as well as picking different sized parts. The kit includes 1 parallel pneumatic gripper, 2 sensors used for open/close/ gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.

ClickSmart Pneumatic Small Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Small Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic Small Gripper Kit (PSG): Designed for applications where swap time is important, such as CNC machine tending, testing and inspection, and PCB handling. The kit includes: 2 pneumatic grippers and aluminum extrusion, 4 sensors used for open/close gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.

Meet Baxter

Baxter is a revolutionary new category of robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments.  It performs a variety of simple, yet critical production tasks while safely and intelligently working next to people.

  • 360° sonar and front camera for human presence detection
  • Vision-guided movement and object detection for precision and versatility
  • 7-degrees of freedom per arm for maximum flexibility and range
  • Interchangeable end-effectors for easily switching tasks
  • Pedestal with locking casters

Baxter is capable of a broader range of applications, including:

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