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Rethink Robotics

Rethink Robotics


Rethink Robotics™ creates robots for the manufacturing industry that are different: robots that anyone can use, any company can afford, and that require no programming.

Rethink robots know what you mean and do what you want—because they are Robots with Common Sense tm.  They work side-by side with people, so employees can do their jobs better and companies can compete more effectively on the global stage. They adapt quickly and automatically to changing work environment, enabling you to turn your production lines quickly and manufacture with dramatically improved productivity.


Sawyer3Smart, collaborative robot for precision tasks

Sawyer™, a single-arm, high-performance robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks that have historically been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots.

Sawyer offers the same highly-touted safety, compliance and usability advantages of Baxter – including the iconic “face” screen, embedded sensors and train-by-demonstration user interface – while providing the smaller footprint and high precision performance needed for tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.  In addition, Sawyer runs on the Intera™ software system, the same extensible platform that powers Baxter, so it works like humans do by dynamically adapting to real-world conditions on the plant floor and integrating seamlessly into existing work cells.

Weighing only 19 kg (42 lbs), Sawyer features a 4kg (8.8 lb) payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans.  Its high-resolution force sensing, embedded at each joint, enables Rethink Robotics’ compliant motion control, which allows the robot to “feel” its way into fixtures or machines, even when parts or positions vary.  This enables an adaptive precision that is unique to the robotics industry and allows Sawyer to work effectively in semi-structured environments.  In addition, Sawyer features an embedded vision system, which includes a camera in its head to perform applications requiring a wide field of view and a Cognex camera with a built-in light source in its wrist for precision vision applications.  Sawyer’s vision system enables the Robot Positioning System for dynamic re-orientation, and over time will support more advanced features that are inherent to the Cognex system, such as barcode scanning and object recognition.

Sawyer Video

Sawyer video

Sawyer Datasheet

Sawyer datasheet

Meet Baxter

Baxter™ is a revolutionary new category of robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments.  It performs a variety of simple, yet critical production tasks while safely and intelligently working next to people.

  • 360° sonar and front camera for human presence detection
  • Vision-guided movement and object detection for precision and versatility
  • 7-degrees of freedom per arm for maximum flexibility and range
  • Interchangeable end-effectors for easily switching tasks
  • Pedestal with licking casters

Intera 3.1 Software

Intera 3.1 includes the Robot Positioning System with Landmarks™ so redeploying Baxter now just takes a few minutes. With the Robot Positioning Systems and Landmarks, you can deploy without retraining.  By using the robot’s embedded vision system you couple the robot to the work cell.

As part of Intera 3.1, the latest software upgrade, the Robot Positioning System uses the robot’s embedded vision system to couple the robot to the work cell, eliminating retraining time for common plant-floor variations that occur, such as tables being bumped, fixtures being moved.

Baxter Videos:

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Redfining Automation with Baxter Baxter with Intera 3.1
Robot Positioning System
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Baxter with the power of Intera 3 Baxter gets a promotion

Baxter Customer Spotlights:

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Customer Testimonial: Praxis Packaging Customer Testimonial: Flambeau
Video_King_Innovation Video_Vanguard
Customer Testimonial: King Innovation Customer Testimonial: Vanguard Plastics
Baxter features

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