To increase repeatability, accuracy and alleviate operators from the highly repetitive process, a cobot pick and place application incorporating two UR3 collaborative robots was developed. The application was integrated into a section of a wider production process in which PCB’s receive necessary parts for assembly. The application fully automated the process of connector and daughter card placement through a compact cobot station which was integrated into their production line for maximum collaboration. Two UR3’s were chosen for this project as their size makes them perfect for light assembly and automated workbench scenarios. Moreover, their size means they can work in tight space conditions enabling two UR3’s to be deployed together in tandem, yielding improved efficiency and cycle times. The cobots are mounted onto a custom Reeco robot Base (RB Base) which are made bespoke for each project as per the requirements. The RB base is the heart of 99% of our solutions, housing all the electrical components and hardware whilst also providing table top space for additional equipment, for this project the table top is home to a bowl feeder and a supply of connector parts.
This compact approach to cobot solutions allows companies like Control Techniques to automate unfavourable processes within tight space conditions and take back control of cycle times and product consistency.