Our new colleague has arrived!

How to use cooperative robots in the workplace? That’s what we are investigating at Sirris. We bought an industrial robot that will assist us in use cases from the industry. We look at how you can safely integrate it into your production line, how to program it and which tasks the cobot can perform.

Sirris has been active in the field of flexible automation for decades. Various technologies and applications have already been discussed and demonstrated. About seven years ago, we were the first to invest in a collaborative robot (cobot). Cobots are specifically designed to work securely in the same room with operators. Today, cobots are already in use in different sectors and for different applications.

Cobots, however, also have a number of disadvantages. For example, they have a limited speed, payload and accuracy. The idea of real collaboration between man and robot is nevertheless very strong and is becoming increasingly important in the current production context. After all, producing different product variants in small series causes the complexity to rise, which is not easy for the operators to handle. Hybrid work cells, in which people are deployed together with robots (each with their own strength), can provide some answers here.  

Sirris recently invested in an industrial robot to determine - on the basis of industrial use cases - to what extent it can be meaningfully used to safely work alongside operators (this is referred to as a ‘cooperative robot’). In our application lab we will investigate for which applications a cooperative robot can be meaningfully used, which safety systems are best suited to create a safe human-robot-cell (e.g. projection of safety zones), how to make the robot’s programming easier (e.g. ‘hand guiding’) and much more.

In the coming weeks, our cell will be further developed and we will be ready to tackle your challenges!

On 13 June at our Kortrijk branch, you can come to see our new industrial robot in the context of the official opening of the Factory for the Future Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics labs. Click here for more info.