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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.



Smart, 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.

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

Intera 5

Intera 5 is paving the way for smart manufacturing and helping companies build factories of the future. Intera 5 simplifies system integration by allowing manufacturers to deploy full work cell automation in a matter of hours, not weeks. This software streamlines deployments by integrating with existing fixtures and equipment.

Intera 5, however, isn’t just the latest software update; it’s a gateway to the industrial internet of things (IIOT) and is immediately helping companies drive value in the era of digital manufacturing. This powerful software is the first of its kind to begin connecting all of your devices from a single controller, extending the smart, flexible power of its robots to the entire work cell by simplifying automation and providing unparalleled speed to deployment.

key features of Intera 5:

Embedded Vision: The combination of Intera 5 and embedded vision allows Rethink’s Sawyer to operate much like a human. With no additional hardware, software or integration costs, the robot can now identify parts and pick much like a human, reducing the high cost of fixturing for part presentation. 

Force behavior and force sensitivity: Intera 5 allows unparalleled force control on the robot. Sawyer can now respond to a specific force and make adaptive decisions while running a task. The user can also specify force in a specific direction, allowing the robot to handle and place parts much like a human would. 

Intera Studio: The Intera studio allows manufacturers the tools to the fastest deployments in the world. With single source of control for the work cell, devices and robots, Intera Studio is closing the loop between data aggregation, analysis and execution – and paving the way for fully integrated IIoT.

Meet Baxter 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.

Baxter is capable of a broader range of applications, including:

Kitting Machine tending packing
Kitting Machine Tending Packing

ClickSmart Gripper Kits

ClickSmart Plate

ClickSmart Plate

The ClickSmart Plate is the cornerstone of the ClickSmart family – its quick release mechanism lets you swap end-effectors in seconds, without using any tools. Embedded sensors store the configuration of the connected end-effector when the ClickSmart Plate is attached to a Sawyer collaborative robot. It immediately recognizes the type of end-effector and knows how to control it.

ClickSmart Vacuum Foam
Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Foam Gripper

Vacuum Foam Gripper Kit (VFG): Designed for applications where different sized parts need to be picked or where surfaces are uneven. The kit includes: 1 foam vacuum gripper and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors. The foam gripper is 80 mm diameter

ClickSmart Vacuum Large
Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Larg Vacuum Gripper

Vacuum Large Gripper Kit (VLG): Designed for applications where large and/or multiple parts need to be picked up at the same time. The kit includes assembly for up to 4 G ¼ thread vacuum cups (4 angle clamps, 4 extension tubes, 4 push fittings, 4 bag lip vacuum cups, 4 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.

ClickSmart Vacuum Small
Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Small Vacuum Gripper

Vacuum Small Gripper Kit (VSG): Designed for applications where the pick surface area may be small and swap time is important. The kit includes assembly for up to 8 M5 thread vacuum cups (8 angle clamps, 8 extension tubes, 8 push fittings, 8 conducting vacuum cups, 8 dual durometer cups), vacuum generator with silencer, and analog vacuum sensor for intelligent behaviors.

ClickSmart Pneumatic Large
Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Large Pneumatic Gripper

Pneumatic Large Gripper Kit (PLG): Designed for gripping large parts, as well as picking different sized parts. The kit includes 1 parallel pneumatic gripper, 2 sensors used for open/close/ gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.

ClickSmart Pneumatic Small
Gripper Kit

ClickSmart Small Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic Small Gripper Kit (PSG): Designed for applications where swap time is important, such as CNC machine tending, testing and inspection, and PCB handling. The kit includes: 2 pneumatic grippers and aluminum extrusion, 4 sensors used for open/close gripping states, and air regulators for grip speed control.