20+ collaborative robots automating manufacturing tasks

Updated: Nov 2

Excitement and electricity ignited IMTS, the largest manufacturing event in the western hemisphere! Productive Robotics was excited to participate and showcase next generation collaborative robot automation for addressing workforce shortages, increasing productivity, and optimizing efficiency.

With the launch of our two new robotic welding systems and demonstrations of over 20 automated tasks, we offered small jobs and larger manufacturers cobot solutions to propel their businesses forward.

Showcasing CNC machine tending, deburring, part marking, gluing, inspection, packing, and material handling, there was something for every business - whether a small job shop or large company. If you didn't get a chance to make it to the show, we've got you covered. Here's a recap of 20+ collaborative robot automation tasks Productive Robotics showcased at IMTS:

All-In-One Robotic Welding — We kicked off IMTS by introducing two products: All-in-one robotic welding systems for high production automated welding. Blaze Duo and Blaze LF offer different stations with advantages for high production welding.

Blaze Duo is a dual station robot welder. With automated doors separating two identical weld stations, Blaze Duo minimizes downtime by allowing operators to safely set up one job while the robot is welding another. With Blaze Vision monitoring, you can view direct video monitoring of welding, in progress.

Blaze Large Format (LF) has an 8ft long table, providing unrestricted access on all sides for placing large objects and easily loading and unloading components.

Both welding systems provide a complete welding solution, and come with an OB7-Stretch robot arm and built-in components such as fume extraction and LED lighting. The sealed enclosures provide enhanced safety, increased consistency, and more arc-on time welding.

CNC Machine Tending — With labor shortages sweeping the manufacturing industry, automating CNC machine loading is a huge advantage for shops to fill the labor gap and optimize productivity. At IMTS, we demonstrated our popular $5/hour mill and lathe packages for CNC machine tending. The all-inclusive packages come with any of our robot models (OB7, OB-Stretch, OB-Max 12, and OB7-Max 8) and all the accessories needed to connect a CNC machine.

We demonstrated OB7 machine loading on a Johnford SV-40 Mill and a Quicktech T6 Lathe. Both machines were provided by Productive Robotics' industry partner and distributor, Absolute Machine Tools. With fast installation, zero programming, and affordable packages, setting up a CNC job is simple and fast.

Test Drive Center — The number one question we get asked is "How difficult is it to program?" The answer is you don't. At our Test-Drive center, attendees had the chance to experience for themselves what we mean by "No Programming" and how simple it is to teach OB7. Simply move OB7 to a position and it learns. Attendees were in awe at OB7's simplicity and intuitiveness.

OB Vision — Traditional teaching not enough? We showcased OB Vision - our commonsense and automatic approach to robot vision. OB Vision eliminates the need for fixturing or part-presentation and is suitable for applications such as table top picking, packing, or CNC machine loading. Built upon our "No Programming" robot teaching approach, OB Vision is simple. With a press of a button, you can easily teach OB7 to identify objects and pick them up.

Deburring — The manual loading & unloading of deburring or grinding machines is labor intensive. We showcased a simple automated deburring setup where OB7 deburrs a grid of machined parts using a Scotch-Brite belt and a 3m radial bristle brush. Using the compliance of the bristle brush OB7 is able to deburr the machined part without active force feedback. The amount of material that is taken off during the deburring process can be tuned by increasing the number of passes the OB7 makes with the part or by changing the deburring motor's speed. With these quickly adjustable parameters the deburring process can be easily tuned in to give you the desired part finish.

Gluing & Dispensing — Cobots provide the flexibility and efficiency to reduce waste and increase accuracy i