Medical and retail package designing firm Sonoco Alloyd will incorporate Rethink Robotics’ Baxter and Sawyer robots into its sealing machines line to provide complete automation to its customers.
The sealing machines integrated with Rethink’s robots will provide Sonoco Alloyd’s manufacturing customers with a flexible, adaptable and low-cost solution.
Sonoco Alloyd vice-president/general manager Jeff Christensen said: "At Sonoco Alloyd, we believe that leveraging the industry’s most advanced collaborative robot technologies, along with our own world-class sealing systems, can provide a unique and complete solution for customers that will deliver real results in a short timeframe."
Rethink Robotics president and CEO Scott Eckert said: "Sonoco Alloyd understands that collaborative robots are a big part of the future of manufacturing, this alliance allows Sonoco Alloyd to offer additional value to the reliable automation it’s already providing to customers.
"The combination of these two great product lines is a huge competitive advantage for manufacturers everywhere."
Rethink Robotics claims that Baxter and Sawyer robots are capable of addressing most of the estimated 90% of manufacturing tasks that cannot be feasibly automated with traditional solutions.
Both the robots, powered by Intera software system, offer face-screen, embedded sensors and train-by-demonstration user interface.
Designed for mid-size and small manufacturers, Baxter is ready to be used on the factory floor unlike traditional robots that require manufacturers to make additional capital investments and develop custom software while Sawyer is a single-arm robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks that cannot be automated with traditional industrial robots.
Image: Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Rethink Robotics.