HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION


WHAT IS HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION?

The demographic development in industrial countries will lead to comprehensive changes in the working world in coming years. In the future, people will collaborate more and more with robots or have their work supported by robots. For this vision of a collaborative working world to become reality, however, we need more than just a new kind of safe robot with overload limiters, comprehensive sensors and fast-reacting control systems. The tool at the end of the robot also has to satisfy comprehensive requirements with respect to occupa-tional safety, work environment, use of equipment, approval and acceptance, etc. The directives concerning specification of the safety-related requirements for robots, ISO 10218 and their technical specification ISO / TS 15066, currently describe the forms of collaboration. Even though these regulations are currently valid, they are being revisited by both DIN and CEN in the context of collaborative use of robots. That's why a product developed for this purpose should go beyond the current requirements. The HRC gripper series from Zimmer Group have been designed in accordance with recommendations from BG / DGUV (German occupational insurance association / German Social Accident Insurance).
 

HRC FROM THE EXPERTS

As a pioneer and one of the world's leading manufacturers of HRC grippers, Zimmer Group develops components specifically for this work environment to reduce the physical load on the employees, mitigate against monotonous work steps, prevent accidents and increase the efficiency of workflows through human-robot collaboration.

 

EASY TO INTEGRATE

Naturally, however, not only the world's best HRC grippers  are available for Universal Robots and YASKAWA robots, but also a comprehensive  system module specially matched to your model. This provides a broad selection of grippers and handling components with corresponding accessories, so that you don't have to worry about compatibility and integration. Of course, this system module also includes HRC and Industrie 4.0 components that are compatible with your robot. These open up numerous advantages for you: easy to install, easy to configure, easy to operate, advanced diagnostics and preventive maintenance as well as the ability to make replacements while operation is in progress.
 

EASY TO HANDLE

The components are operated either using the central control system or, as is the case for most components, using the integrated control panel or via an app. The app offers users the maximum level of flexibility when creating, storing and restoring device parameters and also provides assistance during diagnostics/preventive maintenance. Furthermore, the HRC grippers and conventional grippers offer the user practical, pre-programmed movement profiles, which can be adjusted to the individual requirements of the gripping application with just a few mouse clicks. This ensures that complete implementation and commissioning are possible for any user within just a few minutes.

DIFFERENT FORMS OF INTERACTION

Automation cell

Coexistence

Cooperation

Collaboration

Separated workspaces

Detection of presence

Zones of action

Shared workspaces

Workpiece handling in a secure area

Workpiece handling in a unsecure area

All gripping systems can be used

Decoupled work

No contact necessary

Maximum speed

All gripping systems can be used

Separated workspaces

Decoupled work

No contact necessary

 Reduced speed

Gripper with special HRC geometry

Secure holding of the workpiece
even if the power supply fails

Shared workspaces

Coupled work

No contact necessary

Reduced speed

Gripper with special HRC geometry and reliable gripping force limiter

Gripping force limited to a max.
of 140 N as per ISO / TS 15066

Secure holding of the workpiece
even if the power supply fails

Coupled work

Contact is necessary

Reduced speed