Social distancing with collaborative robots

Social distancing in manufacturing facilities is the new norm. To overcome this challenge of creating space between humans, manufacturers may get a little help from robots.

Mitsubishi Electric’s new MELFA ASSISTA series of robots works collaboratively with humans based on safety features such as collision detection and strict compliance with the international safety and robotic standards ISO 10218-1 and ISO/TS15066.

The series introduces an intuitive engineering software, RT VisualBox, for quick, easy system deployment. The programming tool enables operating sequences to be created intuitively by linking block diagrams in a chain of events, including connection with other devices such as robot hands and cameras. Fast program-development and design time leads to reduced system total cost of ownership (TCO).

Robot movements can be taught and recorded via a dedicated control panel on the robot arm, doing away with separate teaching boxes required for conventional industrial robots.

The control panel features a simple design with a minimum number of buttons for simplicity, enabling even inexperienced users without expert knowledge of robots to set up the system with ease.

Together, the new robot and software will empower manufacturers to realise more efficient production, reduce TCO of robotic manufacturing systems, and meet new needs for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.

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