Universal Robots in Ann Arbor Takes ActiNav Next-gen Machine Loading Robot System on U.S. Tour

Universal Robots USA in Ann Arbor will be taking its ActiNav automated organization robots on tour to showcase to the automated systems to manufacturers.
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The ActiNav automated organization robot, designed by Universal Robots USA to increase speed and productivity. // Courtesy of Universal Robots
The ActiNav automated organization robot, designed by Universal Robots USA to increase speed and productivity. // Courtesy of Universal Robots

Universal Robots USA in Ann Arbor will be taking its ActiNav automated organization robots on tour to showcase to the automated systems to manufacturers.

ActiNav is an application kit for flexible machine tending powered by a UR10e collaborative robot from Universal Robots. Combining intelligent vision and sensor software with autonomous motion control, ActiNav is able to pick up jumbled parts in bins and accurately insert them into machines for further processing.

The ActiNav system incorporates advanced sensor and vison software combined with intelligent autonomous motion control that can easily decipher different parts from one another to organize them.

Automated Machine loading includes creating and programming conveyors, bowl feeders, custom trays, shaker tables, and other automated machine loading systems that all must collaborate with each other in a way that successfully separates and organizes various parts.

However, units of automated machines usually result with poorly utilized manpower, inefficient machine utilization, and decreased output.

“We want manufacturers to experience in person the “wow factor” as they see ActiNav effortlessly pick their randomized parts and place them correctly in a designated place,” says Bryan Bird, regional sales director for Universal Robots’ North America division. “We look forward to working with our partners in providing this unique experience.”

The showcase schedule includes:

  • FPE Automation:July 13, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Southwestern PTS:July 22, Coppell, Texas
  • NEFF Wisconsin: 3, Mequon, Wisc.
  • CIMTEC: 5, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Shaltz: 10, Flint

At the showcase, manufactures can expand their network of integrators. Universal Robots has selected a group of integrators across the country to deploy the next-gen machine loading robots.

The integrators, or ActiNav Solution providers, will be at the showcases to meet with manufactures in a bid to form potential relationships. The ActiNav solution providers include Muratec in Charlotte, N.C.; PCC Robotics in Germantown, Wisc.; PrecisionForm Inc. in Lititz, Penns., and Computech Manufacturing Co. in Washington, Mich.

“As a systems integrator we find parts staging to be a key component of nearly every application,” says Dan Carney, general manager at Wisconsin-based PCC Robotics. “We have reviewed a number of bin picking offerings and ActiNav is simply in a different class.”

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