Smart Machines & Factories
High-speed Racer-5 COBOT combines flexibility and collaborative safety
Published:  22 June, 2021

Comau exhibited its smart manufacturing porfolio at the Automatica Sprint digital trade event, held online from 22 to 24 June.

Inside the digital space, attendees were able to experience the company’s HUMANufacturing approach to Industry 4.0 together with the products and technologies that enable it. The company says these included the new Racer-5 COBOT and the indoor-outdoor functionality of Comau’s MATE-XT wearable exoskeleton.

Among the advanced automation, digitalisation and electrification technologies on display, the company featured its dedicated machining centres and interconnected digital technologies able to transmit, elaborate and analyse machine and process data. These included in.Grid, the IIot data analysis platform enables real-time monitoring of equipment and systems; MI.RA/Thermography, an innovative, in-line testing and quality control system that uses thermal imaging and artificial intelligence; and the highly-specialized Comau Laser Lab which offers advanced operational electrification. Comau will also present its e.DOTM Experience platform, which uses robotics as an engaging learning tool thanks to the interactive and open-source e.DO robot.

Comau says of particular interest was the new RACER-5-0.80 (Racer-5 COBOT), a 6-axis articulated cobot with a 5 kg payload and 809 mm reach that can automatically switch from industrial robot speed to collaborative speed in complete safety. For ergonomic support during strenuous or repetitive tasks, Comau’s MATE-XT exoskeleton is said to be the only commercially-available exoskeleton with EAWS certification, attesting to its proven ability to reduce biomechanical loads. Finally, Smart Drive machining delivers fast, precise and flexible machining processes, while the Urane 25 horizontal machining centre, featuring linear motors and electric spindles, ensures high-speed performance and stable, long-term accuracy.