Collaborative robots offer a safe, simple, and cost effective way to bring automation to life. Eckhart designs and installs custom collaborative robot applications that allow manufacturers to reallocate labor to higher value-add positions in their manufacturing value streams. Our FlexCheck collaborative vision inspection system can execute 20 unique critical-to-quality inspections in less than 60 seconds. From advanced adhesive and label applications to line side material handling systems, integration of collaborative robot solutions generates payback periods of less than 12 months.
Precision Positioning Gantry: GridNav
GridNav is a proprietary position system that brings highly precise tool and load movements to an assembly line. Through operator assistance or full automation through controls systems, GridNav utilizes linear motors to navigate a two-dimensional plane with zero backlash, millimeter accuracy, and confidence that cell movements will be completed perfectly every cycle.
Custom End Effectors
Eckhart designs, builds, and installs custom end effectors onto industrial robots that allow for precise part manipulations and operations. Controls systems coordinate the end effector with safety systems, incoming and outgoing conveyance, and intra-cell operations like welding, inspection, and part placement. Standalone sub-plates that cleanly house the valves, switches, and circuitry are stationed outside the robot path.
Full Robotic Cell Design
As a Fanuc Authorized System Integrator, Eckhart provides end-to-end robotics solutions including path programming, custom pedestals, layout design, and guarding with integrated safety gate switches and light screens. Manufacturers rely on Eckhart for full controls integration to harmonize a robotic sequence with the line and quality process control like pick/place confirmation and torque verification. We pride ourselves on a deep understanding of RIA and OSHA safety standards and compliance.
Semi-Automated Assembly Systems
Eckhart's semi-automated assembly systems take the onus of the operator by distilling a complex sequence of operations to a single button press. Logic systems can be added to existing tools to prevent manipulations that result in damage to parts, incorrect placements, or unsafe operations. There's often significant opportunity to improve cell takt time by automating bolt torquing, part retrieving and securing, and completing finishing steps like polishing, painting, and cleaning.