Lighten Up the Load with Robots

Dec 9, 2013

Industrial robots can help carry your company's loads and avoid worker's fatigue. The robots can carry hundreds of pounds of gear while maintaining stability and creating a product with great precision. The high power density and advanced technology will successfully increase your production's product quality and consistency.


Robots with light weight can still per­form pow­er­ful tasks, and robots now have the capa­bil­i­ty to light­en humans’ loads in spe­cial circumstances.

5D Robot­ics is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the US Army, Seg­way, and DRS Tech­nolo­gies to devel­op robots that will help car­ry some of the gear load sol­diers need. The Army wants to pre­vent injuries caused when sol­diers’ loads are extreme­ly heavy. A lighter load to car­ry would also help stave off fatigue for the sol­diers. Since the robots can’t tire, they can car­ry hun­dreds of pounds of gear while remain­ing agile in com­plex terrain.

The third gen­er­a­tion of light­weight robot­ic arms is lighter and more pow­er­ful: the LWA 3. The appli­ca­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties are ver­sa­tile, and can be used for inspec­tion sys­tems, ser­vice robot­ics, human-machine-inter­ac­tion, and uti­liza­tion on mobile plat­forms. The com­bi­na­tion of high pow­er den­si­ty and light mate­ri­als for con­nect­ing tech­nol­o­gy allow the arm to car­ry twice the pay­load. The inter­con­nect­ed alu­minum struc­ture enables the weight optimization.

KUKAs light­weight robot, the LBR, was designed for the pur­pose of work­ing more close­ly with human oper­a­tors. The mod­u­lar light­weight robot is based on the human arm and pos­sess­es sev­en degrees of free­dom. This allows greater flex­i­bil­i­ty and ease of manip­u­la­tion com­pared with typ­i­cal indus­tri­al robots. It has inte­grat­ed sen­sors and inno­v­a­tive con­trol algo­rithms that enable it to yield to exter­nal forces.

The LBR has a sen­si­tive touch, feels its way towards objects, and allows itself to be gen­tly pushed away by humans. It allows itself to be guid­ed, and this is how it gath­ers infor­ma­tion and learns.” Fur­ther, it can teach the human oper­a­tor com­plex motion sequences. While it only weighs 14 kg, it is still a pow­er­ful lifter. Its joints are con­nect­ed using CRP struc­tures, and it is fit­ted with light HD gear units and motors with a low pow­er-weight ratio. 

There are many types of light­weight robots avail­able at Robots​.com. We pro­vide robot­ics solu­tions from KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, Motoman, Fanuc and ABB robots, each car­ry­ing robots of dif­fer­ent sizes and weights. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881 for more information.

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