Robotics & Automation

Robotics and Automation are always looked upon with a modicum of fear. There is no argument that industry is facing a large workforce shortage, and there is concern that robotics and automation will fill the gap. OMIC R&D’s robotics research is focused on finding robotic and automation solutions for the jobs that represent the three D’s Dirty, Dangerous and Dull. Our training and employment efforts need to focus on empowering workers to gain high end skills and become lifelong learners. Let automation solutions do the work that is dangerous and boring and have employees focus on more rewarding work. A skilled worker can assess their manufacturing space to identify problems and to take advantage of opportunities. A skilled, reasoning employee is always going to be more valuable than a robot. But even for the skilled worker, robotics can be valuable. With the aid of Cobots, or Cooperative Robots, that same skilled worker can have their effectiveness greatly enhanced. Cobot research and development plays a large roll in OMIC R&Ds applied robotic research. Cobots are extremely safe,  and act as a force modifier in support of a skilled manufacturing workforce. 

Researchers

Jordan Meader

Jordan Meader

Robotics Solutions Researcher

Jordan Meader is the pioneering Robotics Solutions Researcher at OMIC R&D, whose expertise lies in the realm of robotic manipulation and the evolution of automation technologies within the manufacturing sector. Jordan’s hands-on approach to problem-solving involves creating innovative end-of-arm tools designed to overcome new manufacturing challenges and improve system resilience.

Equipment

Sawyer COBOT

Made by Sawyer
Since 2019

Sawyer is delivered as an out-of-the-box Cobot solution, equipped with the powerful Intera software and two integrated camera systems. The built-in force-sensing capabilities allow Sawyer to make adaptive decisions while executing tasks. This way he can perform his tasks quickly and accurately, but without becoming a danger to human colleagues.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • 4 kg payload
  • 1260 mm reach
  • 0.1 mm repeatability

Universal Robitics UR3e

Since 2023

The UR3e is a compact collaborative robot rom Danish company Universal Robots. With 6 degrees of freedom, it handles payloads up to 3 kilograms and has a reach of 500 millimeters. It’s user-friendly, programmed via a simple interface and unique “teach mode”.

Built-in force-sensing technology ensures safe human interaction. Ideal for light assembly, screw driving, or painting tasks, it offers fine control. The UR3e also features multiple I/O ports and power supply options for easy integration.

PERFORMANCE
Strength = 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
Degrees of Freedom = 6
Reach = 500 mm (19.7 inches)

Universal Robotics UR20

Since 2023

The UR20 is built to support in tasks where lifting heavy payloads over a long reach is a basic requirement. At faster speeds, the UR20 comes with superior motion control to ensure smooth and precise movements at the same time.

To support the need to automate processes in your existing work floor, the UR20 comes in a lightweight design and small footprint that can be installed almost anywhere. This cobot is versatile and will enable you to automate applications from material handling to welding.

LMI Technologies Gocator 3200

Since 2023

Gocator 3D snapshot sensors combine blue-LED structured light with built-in 3D measurement tools for high-precision area scanning and inspection.

As opposed to lasers that are used to scan moving objects, snapshot sensors use a single snapshot scan to inspect stationary objects or objects with start/stop motion.

PERFORMANCE
Scan Rate = 6Hz w/ acceleration
Definition = 2 Megapixel Stereo Camera (Minimizes occlusions)
Field of View = 100 x 154 mm

Cognex In-Sight 2801M

Made by Cognex
Since 2023

The In-Sight 2800 vision system combines artificial intelligence (AI) with traditional rule-based vision tools to solve a wide range of applications From presence/absence detection to sortation and character reading, In-Sight 2800 provides an easy to deploy solution for error-proofing.

Designed for factory automation, In-Sight 2800 enables manufacturers to increase product quality, maximize operational efficiency, and streamline integration.

PERFORMANCE
Scan Rate = Up to 45 Hz
Definition = 1.6 MP (1440×1080)
Field of View = 16.17 mm diagonal

Aruna Motion Rotary Table

Made by Aruna Motion
Since 2023

Aruna Motion is a hardware and software solution certified by UR+, that extends the reach of your robot project beyond its original design. By adding a rotary table with an easy to use URCap, you will save time and money deploying your next solution.

Aruna Motion integrates and syncs seamlessly with your automation program, is ideal for applications like Assembly, dispensing, finishing, and quality inspection.

PERFORMANCE
Payload Capacity = (100kg (220 lbs)
Fixture Plate = 450 mm (17.7 in) adaptable plate
Resolution = 5 arc-min