Flexible automation with cobots

Cobots in action @ Sirris
Unlike conventional industrial robots, collaborate robots, also known as ‘cobots’, work side by side with the operators. The possibilities are countless: from pick-and-place operations on assembly lines, to polishing. Sirris is the ideal partner for assessing the deployment of cobots at your company.

Cobots are designed to work safely together with people in a shared working environment. The principle: creating an extra employee to assist the operator by carrying out specific jobs. These tasks can include lifting heavy loads or carrying out repetitive tasks for example.

Pick-and-place operations and (light) assembly tasks are also often carried out. Although there are cobots that carry out tasks requiring a sense of ‘touch’, such as with polishing. In other words, cobots can be deployed in a wide range of sectors to carry out a whole series of tasks.

The advantages of cobots

  • Simple programming: with certain applications the cobot can be taught specific routines using the teach-by-demonstration facility.  
  • Safe: the cobot can detect external forces thanks to the integral sensors. It can automatically slow down or stop whenever the force is too great. The operator can simply stop it by using their hand. Therefore in certain situations the cobot can safely operate together with people.
  • Plug & produce: cobots can be easily moved around and integrated into different production processes. . 
  • Versatile: cobots can be deployed in various tasks: for example as an operator’s third hand, or for assembly and installation tasks, or with loading or unloading machinery, or as tool grippers, etc.
  • Pricing: cobots are almost always cheaper and easier to deploy and therefore within the scope of smaller companies.
  • Open system: different types of cobot can be programmed via the 'robot operating system' (ROS). This allows quicker integration into other systems, including mobile platforms.

Sirris can help you integrate a cobot into your production

  • Feasibility studies: our experts evaluate the technological and economic applicability of cobots within your business context. To this end we can create a setting in our application lab that replicates your production environment. The result: you receive from us a detailed picture, including all the specifications, of an appropriate cobot application, without you having to interfere with your own production equipment.
  • Expertise: our team of experts answers all your specific questions and provides support during the implementation stage.
  • Technology monitoring: we keep abreast with all the latest international trends and share information with you.  
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure: we make available to you all the cobots and necessary ancillary equipment located in our application labs at Diepenbeek and Kortrijk. With the support of the Sirris experts, you can experience the user-friendliness of cobots for yourself.
Cobots @ Sirris - Team

Our state-of-the-art infrastructure is at your disposal

Sirris has two application labs with the latest collaborative robots and all the necessary ancillary equipment. Here is an overview:

Cobots

  • Universal Robots - UR3
  • Universal Robots - UR10
  • KUKA - LBR Ilwa 14
  • Rethink Robotics - Sawyer

Vision

  • Pick-it
    • 3D-vision-based structured light systenms
  • Sick
    • Inspector Pim 60, 2D camera
  • LMI 3D, HDI 120A scanner + FlexScan3D-software
  • IDS, Ensenso N10
    • 3D-vision based on stereo vision
Sick visie systeem
pick-it visie systeem
 

Force feedback sensors

  • OptoForce 6 axis F/T sensor HEX-70-XE-200N

Offline programming and simulation

Gripper systems

  • Robotiq 2F 85: 2-finger position-controlled, powerful and rapid
  • Robotiq 2F 140: 2-finger position-controlled, powerful and rapid
  • Suction cups Schmalz – set with different configurations
  • Customized grippers (3D printed)

Looking for inspiration? 

Sirris helps manufacturing companies to transform their traditional production systems into smart processing systems. Cobots can therefore offer important added value:

  • Fomeco based in Zwevegem in Belgium introduced a lightweight robot for applying markings during their pipe manufacturing process.
  • VVS considers cobots for loading processing machinery
  • GC Europe
  • Melexis

Cobots in action

Demonstration cell Kortrijk

In the demonstration cell in our application lab at Kortrijk you can experience how an operator and a cobot (KUKA LBR IIWA) assemble a gripper together:

Masterclass 'Meet the cobots'

Thirty-six participants have already benefited from the experiences gained operating our equipment during our hands-on masterclasses