Rapid Robotics Partners with Yaskawa Motoman

April 20, 2023
Through a new partnership with Yaskawa Motoman, Rapid Robotics brings its rapid deployment speeds to industrial applications.

The recently announced partnership between Rapid Robotics and Yaskawa America’s Motoman Robotics Division is designed to bring industrial capabilities to Rapid Robotics’ Rapid Machine Operator (RMO). Rapid Robotics is now integrated with the entire Yaskawa robotics portfolio, enabling it to deliver more speed, higher payload and increased performance to North American manufacturers.

By combining advanced computer vision, artificial intelligence and instinctive learning with as-a-service characteristics such as cloud connectivity, monthly leasing and 24/7 support, Rapid Robotics says it has been able to democratize automation in the face of an intense workforce shortage.

Rapid Robotics says a trademark of its products and services is speed of deployment. This holds true for the new industrial RMO due to the company’s modular approach to work cell design. Industrial Yaskawa robots can now leverage Rapid Robotics RMO approach, avoiding interference with peripheral devices and keeping the installation space of an industrial RMO work cell minimal.

Historically, industrial robotic arms have been more challenging and time-consuming to deploy than their cobot counterparts, especially outside of mass production environments due to their complexity and the extensive safety measures required. Rapid Robotics’ industrial RMO provides the flexibility of a cobot system while meeting all mandatory safety measures with the added payload, speed and reach of a traditional industrial robot arm.

A key feature of an RMO work cell is a mobile robot pedestal with modular fixturing. The mobile pedestal gives this light industrial arm the same flexibility as Rapid Robotics’ collaborative robot (cobot), as the pedestal can be moved or reconfigured and then re-locked into place by a single person.

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