Collaborative robots, or cobots, are offering more manufacturing operations in the industrial packaging industry. Protective cages or fences are no longer needed for safety purposes, but safety testing are still needed to ensure humans and robots can work alongside each other.
Four 3-Axis Force Load Cells (creating one 6-Axis Force Plate) are installed between two metal plates at the base of the cobot. Interface suggests installing a 6-Axis force plate under the cobot, and also two ConvexBT Load Button Load Cells in the pinchers of the cobot. If a human were to knock into the cobot, or have a limb stuck in the pincher, the cobot would sense the amount of force measured from the load cells and be programmed to stop immediately.
Interface’s multi-axis force plate and miniature load cells were programmed and able to detect when a human interacted with the cobot, shutting it down for safety purposes.