“I am the new one”

Robot density worldwide is increasing from year to year. Humans and robots are working together in ever closer cooperation. This means that simple handling is in greater demand than ever. That is the specialty of our ‘new kid on the block’.

The LBR iisy is basically the ‘little brother’ of the LBR iiwa for the low payload range. It is aimed at a target group which knows its production sequences well, but has not necessarily learned to program robots. Featuring various operator levels, the system adapts to the corresponding level of user knowledge – from Java programming to simple teaching of the cobot by means of manual guidance.

“The socalled Commander, the operator panel on the flange at the front, comes as standard with the LBR iisy, so that we always have a robot that is easy to operate straight out of the box,” explains Volker Schmirgel, Lead Product Owner LBR iisy.

As the name suggests, the LBR iisy is characterized by the fact that it is easy to operate and to program. It is thus particularly suited to tasks that are subject to frequent changes and call for quick reactions in the process sequence. A robot that tests the touch screens of a tablet today and checks the batteries of a smartphone tomorrow: the highly flexible automation of such tasks is the future of the electronics industry – a target market for the LBR iisy.

Complements its big brother

While the LBR iiwa can perform more complex tasks covering a payload range up to 14 kg, the LBR iisy is geared towards simple handling or assembly tasks with loads of up to 3 kg. The two robots thus ideally complement one another. As with the LBR iiwa, the LBR iisy supports all major industry-standard functions, such as OPC UA, field bus protocols, digital and analog I/Os, safety, and much more.

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The joint torque sensors that are also used on the LBR iiwa are integrated into the robot’s six axes. “Unlike the LBR iiwa, it has no outer aluminum carrier structure, but internal metallic structural components that are responsible for stiff ness. External plastic parts, comparable to the human skin, make the design possible and ensure that crushing at the axes is not possible”, says Schmirgel. In terms of safety, the LBR iisy is right up there with the LBR iiwa and can be integrated in any existing industrial environment.

Compact and quickly deployable

Furthermore, with a reach of 600 mm, it enables very space-saving operation and thus optimal utilization of small workspaces. That is something that is particularly in demand in the Asian electronics industry. Another plus point: the robot can be commissioned in less than 30 minutes and reprogrammed for new tasks quickly and easily. Even in the event of unplanned interruptions, it remembers every motion or activity executed and can resume working immediately without the need to be retaught.

People should preferably perform activities that require human strengths such as the ability to learn, the benefit of experience, sensory perception, creativity, improvisation, etc. Read in the article Human-robot collaboration – the future of robotics how a robot can supplement these human strengths with strength, repeatability, speed and quality.

Do you already have a Cobot? The article A cobot for me deals with sensitive robot assistants that offers support in everyday life. And we do badly need support in some areas.

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