EPSON has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous robot that will expand the scope of automated production : the WorkSense W-01.
In recent years, manufacturers’ needs have grown more diverse with demand for products fluctuating sharply and a growing necessity to flexibly accommodate small-lot production and just-in-time (JIT) production. Industrial robots are conventionally installed in a fixed location on a line to perform a given task. The WorkSense W-01, however, was developed for easy mobility so that it can be wheeled from place to place to perform assembly, transport, and other tasks.
The dual arm robot from EPSON can carry out varying tasks almost autonomously using its arm geometry based on human physiology and wide-ranging integral sensors such as cameras, force sensors and acceleration meters. Even tasks which to date have been difficult to automate can now be performed by a robot.