VIDEO: Versatility in Collaborative Robot Programming for Wider Industry Use

Stäubli Corporation introduces TX2 collaborative robot.

Robotic automation has taken manufacturing by storm, meeting applications in industries ranging from medical to automotive and continuing to fill more undesirable jobs as new lines of robotics are released.

In the video above, we take a look at the new TX2 collaborative robot from Stäubli Corporation and how it’s meeting applications across the electronics and automotive industries. The key to this robot’s versatility is in the flexibility of its collaborative programming.

“The TX2 series features a new generation of safety performance and collaborative capabilities,” said Sebastian Schmitt, robotics division manager at Stäubli. “With the TX2 series, we’re capable of addressing all the different stages of MRC (Man-Robot Collaboration) from stage one through five.”

Schmitt describes the five stages as essentially three families.

“Stage one has the robot in a cage with no contact possible. Stage two and three are contact possible, but only at stationary positions – so the robot is no longer moving when someone approaches and touches a robot. Stage four and five, the last family, is where robots continuously move even though a human being is next to them. The TX2 can be applied in all of these stages.”

This versatility in level collaboration allows the TX2 greater flexibility for which applications it can be used. If a job requires greater speed and a caged cell, the TX2 is just as viable an option as it would be in a fully collaborative application requiring a slower pace.

For more information, watch the video above and visit the Stäubli Corporation website.

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.