Robotics and multi-axis force and torque sensor maker OptoForce now offers three new applications for KUKA industrial robots. The new applications are hand guiding, presence detection, and center pointing — all useful to end users and systems integrators. (Videos at the manufacturer’s website demonstrate how the applications work.) More after the jump.
Hand Guiding: With OptoForce’s Hand Guiding application, KUKA robots can easily and smoothly move in an assigned direction and selected route. This video shows specifically how to program the robot for hand guiding.
Presence Detection: This application allows KUKA robots to detect the presence of a specific object and to find the object even if it has moved. Visit here to learn more about presence detection.
Center Pointing: With this application, the OptoForce sensor helps the KUKA robot find the center point of an object by providing the robot with a sense of touch. This setup also works with glossy metal objects where a vision system would not be able to define its position. This video shows in detail how the center pointing application works:
“OptoForce’s new applications for KUKA robots pave the way for substantial improvements in industrial automation for both end users and systems integrators,” said Ákos Dömötör, CEO of OptoForce. “Our 6-axis force/torque sensors are combined with highly functional hardware and a comprehensive software package, which include the pre-programmed industrial applications. Essentially, we’re adding a ‘sense of touch’ to KUKA robot arms, enabling these robots to have abilities similar to a human hand, and opening up numerous new capabilities in industrial automation.”
End users and systems integrators will recognize two major business benefits from these new applications. For end users, this development provides new automation capabilities for the KUKA robots when using these applications – saving inspection and rework resources, and decreasing manufacturing costs. Automating precision-oriented tasks not previously possible will translate to higher quality and greater efficiency in production, therefore helping companies become more competitive in global markets.
For systems integrators, this means implementing applications with OptoForce sensors that will enable them to automate complex/precise tasks, accept more orders, and acquire more customers. Customers are more satisfied as well with the substantial rise in quality.
Another major benefit is that the software package is a catalyst for the robot system integration, as the pre-programmed applications simplify the process, accelerating it approximately twenty percent. Simplified integration leads to less programming and documentation, enabling systems integrators to offer a quicker, more cost-efficient service to their customers.