Omron Automation Americas announced the release of an advanced-yet-intuitive solution for automating repetitive tasks in manufacturing. With built-in vision and a user-friendly, plug-and-play programming interface, the new TM Series Collaborative Robot works seamlessly with humans to enhance productivity and ensure safety, according to Omron.
Designed to enable an innovative manufacturing environment, this transportable robot complies with safety requirements for human-robot collaboration specified in ISO 10218-1 and ISO/TS 15066. It can be trained to perform almost any repetitive task in any location, according to its maker, thanks to a manual teaching function that enables operators to teach the robot with hand-guidance, rather than software.
Omron touts that the TM Series Collaborative Robot has:
- Programming interface that is intuitive and quick to set up. The robot reduces installation and setup times compared with traditional industrial robots thanks to a flowchart-based programming interface and intuitive teaching. No prior robot-programming experience is necessary.
- Integrated on-arm vision system to further reduce setup time. The robot comes with built-in vision and integrated lighting for capturing products with a wide viewing angle. Image-sensing functions include pattern matching, barcode reading, color identification and more.
- Compliance with human-machine collaborative-safety standards. The robot ensures safe cooperation between humans and machines and reduces installation time by eliminating the requirement for industrial safety-guarding.
Omron believe their new robot will appeal to manufacturers seeking to boost production and reduce employee fatigue by automating repetitive tasks such as machine-tending, loading and unloading, assembly, screwdriving, gluing, testing or soldering.