Reduce Injuries and Increase Productivity with the FT 300 Force Torque Sensor
At the Saint-Gobain plant in Sully-sur-Loire, France, human labor provides high-value work to the finished product. In their shift towards Industry 4.0 to free employees from repetitive tasks, Saint-Gobain wanted to automate a grueling glass polishing process, where a complex movement needed to be programmed for every different, small production series of glass.
With the path recording function of the Robotiq FT 300 Force Torque Sensor, the operator can grasp the device and make the movement; the Universal Robots UR10 then records and reproduces the operator's motion. The operator avoids frequent musculoskeletal disorders and focuses on the glass preparation, a painless, value-added operation.
“Without the FT 300, this operation would have been quite complex since the programming of a robot movement that must follow a volume in space is a complicated thing to do.”
“We’ve achieved ROI in less than a year and we’re able to produce the same amount of work in two 8-hour shifts instead of three, before the robot arrived.”
“It allowed the workers to no longer experience vibrations in their shoulders or perform repetitive movements. The installation robot was more than welcome.”