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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.

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 castersRethink Robotics - In the News

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Baxter features

Fully Integrated system

  • No separate controller, pendant, safety cages or other devices required
  • Ready to use out of the box, with no application engineering needed
Behavior-based intelligence
  • Inherently capable of responding to real-world inputs in a ‘common sense’ manner (e.g., recognizing it must have an object in its hand before moving and releasing it)
  • Adaptable to varied conditions and tasks
Trainable by demonstration
  • Quick and easy ‘training’ by moving arms and joints as needed, with no programming required
  • ‘Face’ screen guides user through the process and indicates the robot’s status and understanding of the task
Vision-guided and direct transfer capabilities
  • Supports a wide range of part types and locations
  • Vision guided detection adapts to variations in part sizes, placement, conveyor speed etc. for increased versatility
  • Trainable to pick up objects from pre-set locations for faster performance on simple part transfer tasks
Comprehensive, easy-to-use software
  • Intuitive, user-friendly interface guides interaction and training
  • Pre-programming for common manufacturing tasks, with frequent updates provided to increase performance and support more complex processes
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) will enable customization and increased programming flexibility
Human form and proportions
  • Two, 7-degree-of-freedom arms provide excellent dexterity and range
  • Each arm can run separate tasks or the same task to double capacity
  • Optional pedestal provides easy mobility between workstations
Comprehensive safety design
  • Inherently safe design, with compliant joints, back-drivable motors, protective covers and no pinch points
  • Human collision detection to minimize contact force
  • Emergency stop mechanisms and connectivity to external systems provide additional safeguards as needed
Complex sensing of people, parts and environment
  • 360° sonar-based detection of people and environment
  • 5 cameras for detecting and recognizing objects, parts and workspace
  • Through force detection, can ‘feel’ contact with objects and work surface
Interchangeable end-effectors
  • Electric parallel grippers and vacuum cups available
  • Custom end-effectors will be available via third-party providers for additional specification and flexibility

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Technical Specification

  • Rated payload: 5 lbs (2.3kg) – higher payload possible in limited workspace
  • Maximum speed with no payload: 3.3 ft/s (1m/s)
  • Maximum speed with rated payload: 2 ft/s (0.6 m/s)
Electrical Connections

  • Supply voltage: 120 VAC
  • Rated current: 10 Amps
  • Rated life: 6,500 hours
  • I/O connections: 1 Ethernet jack, 1 USB type A jack, 1 15 pin D-sub with PLC-compliant connections

  • Protection classification: IP50
  • Operating Temperature range: 32-104°F (0-40°C)

  • Robot height: 3’1″ (93.98cm) (without optional pedestal)
  • Robot height (with optional pedestal):  5’10″ – 6’3″ (1.78m – 1.9m) depending on adjustable pedestal settings
  • Arm length to end-effector plate: 41″ (104cm)
  • Torso mounting plate diameter 13.3″ (33.85cm) – for mounting on table
  • Body weight, without pedestal: 165 lbs (75kg)
  • Degrees of freedom: 14 (7 per arm)

  • Vacuum cup with interchangeable cups
  • Electric parallel gripper with interchangeable ‘fingers’ and user-adjustable ‘fingertips’
Optional Pedestal

  • Pedestal footprint: 36″x32″ (92x81cm)
  • Pedestal weight: 141 lbs (64kg)

  • One year warranty & software subscription included
  • Extended warranty (3-year coverage) available

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