New collaborative robot is designed to work in dual modes to meet all production speed needs

Comau is introducing its RACER-5-0.80 collaborative robot (cobot) which has been designed to meet the growing demand for fast, cost-effective cobots that can be used in restricted spaces and in different application areas.  It offers users the facility to switch from a collaborative mode to full speed when operators are not around to deliver higher overall rates.

Countering the belief that collaborative robots are slow, the Racer-5 is a 6-axis articulated robot that can work at industrial speeds of up to 6 metres a second. With a 5 kg payload and 809 mm reach, it ensures optimal industrial efficiency while granting the added benefit of safe, barrier-free operations, says the company. Furthermore, the cobot can instantly switch from a collaborative mode to full speed when operators are not around, letting its 0.03 mm repeatability and advanced movement fluidity deliver unmatched production rates.

The cobot enables systems integrators and end users to automate even the most sophisticated manufacturing processes without sacrificing speed, precision or collaborative intelligence, says Comau. With this powerful industrial robot operating in dual modes, customers are able to install a single, high-performance solution rather than having to deploy two distinct robots. With advanced safety features fully certified by TÜV SÜD, the cobot can be used within any high-performance line without the need for protective barriers, which effectively reduces safety costs and floorspace requirements. It also features integrated LED lighting to provide real-time confirmation of the work cell status.

Finally, electrical and air connectors are located on the forearm to grant greater agility and minimise the risk of damage. All this is designed to enable Racer-5 to ensure higher production quality, better performance, faster cycle times and reduced capital expenditure.

“Our new Racer-5 delivers the speed and precision the small payload collaborative robotics market was missing,” explains Pietro Ottavis, Comau chief technology officer. “We estimate the global market for compact collaborative robots to reach a 5-year compound annual growth rate of up to 45%, which will largely be driven by the global need to reduce process complexity and eliminate non-value-added activities.

“By adding advanced safety features to our top-selling Racer-5 industrial robot, we have created a fast, reliable and user-friendly cobot that can be used in any situation where cycle times and accuracy are paramount.”

Made entirely in Comau (Turin, Italy), Racer-5 has a rigid construction that facilitates higher precision and repeatability, making it particularly suitable for assembly, materials handling, machine tending, dispensing and pick and place applications within the automotive and general industry sectors. In addition, the compact cobot can be easily transported and installed almost anywhere, helping customers to optimise their processes and protect their investment.

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