During the recent EMO Milan 2015 trade fair, Comau SpA Robotics (Grugliasco, Italy) showcased AMICO, a special cell showing the new concept of a human-like robot developed by the company.
AMICO – available in a new color combination which turns it into an object of pure technology, style and design – is positioned to clarifying and emphasizing Comau’s next steps towards increasingly precise and effective robotics. It’s a future in which machine-machine cooperation and, progressively, man-machine cooperation, evolves from a mere hypothesis to a real production opportunity that can be applied in total safety.
A further particularity of the cell is the gripping mechanism. The arms of AMICO feature two SCHUNK SDH2 grippers, a multi-articulated gripping system with 3 fingers and the ability to grab a wide range of objects, which makes it perfect for robotic industrial applications. Two of the SCHUNK gripper fingers can, in fact, change their orientation to adapt to a wide variety of applications. The gripper is also able to recognize each surface and release the necessary strength through a specific sensor. In addition to extreme precision, this allows the robot to immediately understand whether the gripping is optimal or should be adjusted.
AMICO is a technical and communicative concept chosen by Comau to represent the robot’s ability to work in small spaces with the maximum precision and flexibility. Based on Racer3 technology, it also demonstrates the possibility to mount Racer3 in any position and the clever mix of technology and design that characterizes Racer3 and enables it to bend and reach the surrounding space.
This robot, which has recently been presented to the market, is the symbol of the new Comau-made robotics paradigm. Built entirely in aluminum and magnesium, Racer3 weighs just 30 kg and features a maximum reach of 630 mm and a payload of 3 kg. As such, it is perfect for applications including assembly, material handling, machine tending, dispensing, Pick & Place, etc., which require the maximum precision and velocity in small work spaces.
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