Rethink Robotics Ready to Launch Sawyer at IPC APEX EXPO 2016

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Sawyer, a high performing robot designed by Rethink robotics is ready to take the IPC APEX EXPO 2016 event by storm. Sawyer is built with compliant motion control that provides unique capabilities to find its way from accurate and weak conditions, even at the time when position of the parts changes. This capability provides a distinct functionality in the robotics industry called as the adaptive repeatability and it gives exceptional accuracy without the destruction threat of costly circuit board testing equipments. Sawyer can reduce production costs and improve efficiency by working with any type of in-circuit tester.

Sawyer will employ Keysight i3070 and will operate as a part of automated in-circuit test process to support the reduction of testing cost in ICT for high volume and high mix production of PCB boards. Sawyer will put PCB boards under test and will sort out the passing and failing of boards according to the test results. Sawyer will work as a human being in the opening and closing of i3070 fixture covers by eliminating further investment needs on the expensive automation or change with the current solutions.

"The worldwide demand for Sawyer has been overwhelming since we announced the robot's availability in September. Manufacturers, particularly in the electronics industry, have been seeking a smart, collaborative solution to automate precise and important tasks like in-circuit testing and PCB handling. Sawyer is meeting those needs and transforming how factories operate," said Jim Lawton, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Rethink Robotics.

Sawyer will demonstrate its accuracy, compliant motion control and adaptive repeatability to upgrade current operations of electronics manufacturing to increase uptime, with significant process quality enhancements and lower scrap rates. These robots are able to accomplish composite and defective manufacturing environment. Sawyer can do multitasking by operating like humans to quickly shift between different tasks. This provides more automation options to the manufacturers than ever before.