WARREN, Mich – May 10 , 2021 – To better serve the demand for Universal Robotic’s ActivNav flexible machine loading system, UR names Eckhart as a listed ActivNav Solutions Provider to aid end users in loading system deployments.
The ActiNav flexible machine loading system combines real-time autonomous motion control, Universal Robots cobots, vision and sensor systems in one seamless Application Kit that alleviates the random bin picking challenge in machine tending applications. The current market offers solutions for unstructured picking and placing of products into machines with a focus on vision technology. The ActiNav flexible machine loading system is a complete system that eradicates the often required additional programming for a pick and place application. To best incorporate ActiNav into machining cells, Universal Robotics has assessed and hand-picked a select group of system integrators across the country to assist in the deployment process.
The integrator selection process heavily focused on the finding providers with expertise in both vision and robotics to be able to deliver superior value to the customers. The chosen providers all have been supplied with in-house demonstration units, which will allow them to quickly develop proofs of concept for their customers. Integrators will be able to handle all peripheral requirements such as safety sensors, end-of-arm tooling, machine interfaces and other components that all require a simultaneous operation.
Eckhart Inc. was the first company to become an ActiNav Solutions Provider for the ActiNav flexible machine loading system. “We look forward to delivering increased machine uptime, quality and efficiency to manufacturers in our region,” says Sheldon Coney, director of robotics at Eckhart Inc. “In many ways, ActiNav will set a new level of operational expectations regarding the future of intelligent systems.”
Rolled out in April 2020, ActiNav has been deployed with assistance from their designated Solution Providers, in numerous manufacturing settings across North America. All of whom were looking to find a solution to their complex problems around bin picking.
For over 60 years and based in Warren, Michigan, Eckhart designs, builds, and sustains advanced industrial solutions that enhance the quality of life. Eckhart’s proven portfolio of Industry 4.0 technology includes autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), collaborative robotic systems, traditional robotics, assembly automation & simulation, 3D printing tool development & production, and Factory of the Future consulting for the world’s largest manufacturers. Eckhart serves an established and loyal blue-chip customer base of leading industrial original equipment manufacturers including 3M, Boeing, Pepsico, Stryker Medical, General Electric, Ford, Tesla, John Deere, Honda, Subaru, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Bradford White, Cargill, Whirlpool, Toyota, Mercedes, and Caterpillar.
About Universal Robots
Universal Robots (UR) was founded in 2005 to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible collaborative robots (cobots) that are safe to work with. Since the first cobot was launched in 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly cobot now sold worldwide. The company, which is a part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has regional offices in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Turkey, China, India, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Mexico. In 2020, Universal Robots had a revenue of USD 219 million. www.universal-robots.com