OMRON and Techman Robot have signed an agreement to form a strategic alliance in collaborative robots. Through this alliance, OMRON will globally market and sell Techman's TM series of collaborative robots via OMRON's worldwide distribution network under a co-branded logo, starting in the second half of FY2018. Furthermore, OMRON and Techman will cooperate in developing the next generation of collaborative robots that will be easier to integrate with OMRON's other factory automation products to realize an innovative manufacturing environment where humans and machines work in harmony.
In addition to the regular TM series of collaborative robots, OMRON will start selling the new models which are "mobile compatible," meaning that they can be easily integrated with OMRON's LD mobile robots. OMRON's mobile robots, which can move autonomously by avoiding people and obstacles, already work safely with humans by automating material-handling operations all over the world. Mounted with a collaborative robot arm on top, they can not only transport materials from one location to another but will also be able to perform tasks, such as the pick-and-place of parts onto trays, in each of the locations.
TM robot features include:
- Smart: The TM robots have a built-in intelligent vision system that can be used for pattern recognition, object positioning and barcode identification.
- Simple: A complete pick-and-place application using vision can be taught in five minutes with its all-graphic, flow-based user interface, TMflow.
- Safe: The TM robots comply with the safety requirements for collaboration of humans and robots as specified in ISO 10218-1 and ISO/TS 15066.
The TM robots consist of two series: TM5 (with a payload of up to 6kg) and the new TM12/TM14 (with a payload up to 14kg). All TM robots have six degrees of freedom and a reach range of 700mm to 1300mm. The robot's repeatability is plus or minus 0.05mm for the TM5 series and plus or minus 0.1mm for the TM12/TM14 series. For more information, visit OMRON and Techman Robot.