Components

Components

Designed to collaborate with humans in existing production environments


F&P Robotics offers its technology components, consisting of robotic hardware and software, for a wide range of applications. The robots are used as collaborative supporters for tasks in a variety of industries. In industrial applications for packaging, sorting, testing or assembly. Thanks to flexible control, the ability to learn, the soft outer shells and the intrinsic safety concept, these are also suitable for applications in the service sector.

Application areas

 

 

Research

F&P’s technology includes everything required for the intelligent and comprehensive control of a mobile, adaptive robot that interacts with humans. Researchers have the opportunity to develop their own software solution besides the provided myP® software solution. F&P provides the modules MCM as well as the direct and inverse kinematics as C++ modules. They are available directly or encapsulated in a Python project and allow highest performance. The combination with all modules that are available via TCP or the ROS interface allows the design of research projects that use position control, velocity or force control, multiple cameras, advanced sensors, complex algorithms and learning methods.

 

 

Education

For young talents and teachers, robotics training with F&P equipment and software packages is a pleasure. P-Rob and its products are just as exciting as the young F&P team. There is the possibility to use the myP® software platform directly on the Internet browser of any laptop, without any installations. This enables to start immediately with the creation of scripts and the teach-in of the collaborative robot. Creating programs without adding a line, without even having to use a computer, is possible via the control ring below the gripper.

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The scripting language is both simple and powerful: each command can be selected from a list, with arguments being self-explanatory. At the same time, the Python-based critic language in advanced lessons allows to realize any idea of an intelligent program. Scripts can also be run in parallel in different processes, all of which is neatly managed by the software. The included programming examples and the already integrated sensors in the fingers of the robot make it easy to get started. All functions of the robot are described in detail; each script function is additionally explained by an example.

 

 

 

 

 

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Service

The number of mobile robots used in services is rising. F&P devices are promising products for this: a slim mobile unit combined with a soft padded arm that can perform precise tasks intelligently. SLAM algorithms and options for different cameras and advanced sensors are available. The platform and arm can be programmed using the same web-based scripting and teach-in software. Modules for decision making and interfaces to various environments are available.

Industry

Whether for applications in the Cartesian coordinate system or sensor-based localization of objects or persons: P-Rob can act with high precision in both cases. Direct and inverse kinematics, direct control of linear axes, integration of Cognex cameras for recognition and localization are directly available.
The P-Rob 24V with the standard gripper is an intrinsically safe device that can be used without safety barriers as long as the objects being handled are safe. The P-Rob 48V variant has twice the maximum speed and requires a risk analysis for every industrial application, for which F&P supports you.

 

P-Rob

The core element of the F&P Robots is the robot arm P-Rob.

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Robot Arm 2R 24V

Limited forces for an intrinsically safe collaboration with humans without additional safety measures

Application Field: Personal Service Robotics, Education, Home Care
Operating Voltage: 24V
Standards: ISO 12100, ISO 10218-1, ISO/TS 15066, ISO 13482
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Robot Arm 2R 48V

High performance for collaborative industrial applications with high efficiency requirements

Application Field: Industrial applications
Operating Voltage: 48V
Standards: ISO 12100, ISO 10218-1, ISO/TS 15066, ISO 13482
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P-Rob Setup

P-Rob Integration

P-Grip® 2F

P-Grip’s broad capability to grasp objects of various hand-size shapes makes it ideal for applications dealing with a variety of objects. Applications requiring sensor data fusion techniques are essential in today’s automation tasks. The P-Grip concept combined with myP software easily allows integrating sensors and vision systems.

P-Grip is a modular angular 2-finger gripper concept including motor, gears and control board with position, velocity and torque control, which can be mounted either straight on top of the P-Arm (180° mounting) or in a right angle position with the arm (90° mounting). The outside parts of gripper body and fingers are realized with soft materials, so that direct cooperation with humans is safe, as long as the manipulated objects are not dangerous themselves.

The basic structure of P-Grip is made of aluminum. The gripper is coated with a synthetic hull and covered by a soft, non-conductive, protective isolation material. This prevents rigid contact between the gripper body and the user. The gripper contains a mechanical stop on either side to limit the angular or linear range of motion and prevent unintentional movements.

Many tasks, a robot has to perform, require different manipulations with optimized tools. In order to enable a smooth automated process, F&P provides a standard full-finger gripper version, which is designed for optimal grasping of a huge variety of objects. In case of frequent application changes with different shapes of the parts to be grasped, the full-fingers can be replaced by a finger-base and exchangeable fingertips. The fingertips can be optionally equipped with task-specific sensors, e.g., encoders, torque and proximity sensors. Multiple sensor integration is available, through the use of a multichannel interface implemented in the P-Grip body. Additionally, a vacuum gripper is available for specific handling tasks.

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P-Grip® V2

 

P-Grip V is a soft covered vacuum gripper with two independently controllable suction cups.

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End Tool adapter

This universal End Tool adapter allows the mechanical mounting of third party grippers. The adapter is quickly fixed on the robot arm P-Rob2 with a one-screw system.

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USB Video camera

 

Mini camera integrated into gripper for vision based applications inclusive driver.

Software

myP-Interface

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myP is a web browser based intuitive user interface enabling control of P-Rob and P-Grip. The software platform relies on real-time webserver as communication framework and an integrated database for fast access and data storage. myP provides core control functions including direct and inverse kinematics, advanced algorithms addressing learning and context awareness as well as teach-in functions
myP offers a Graphical User Interface (GUI) where most of the common tasks do not need any programming skills (e.g., path teach-in, movements, training patterns, picking objects). The control of the robotic arm and its peripherals (gripper, camera, movable base, etc.) is hosted by a real-time web server, which runs locally in the background.
There is no need to download a specific software module to give authorized users an intuitive and interactive access to the full power of the robot arm (P-Rob) and the gripper (P-Grip). myP web app is available by simply opening the web browser of electronic devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones. P-Rob’s embedded PC provides a convenient WiFi network for connection.

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ROS-Package

A P-Rob bought with the special Research Package can be controlled directly with myp_ros.

Our research optimized PRob supports a direct ROS connection to the backend allowing users to send command and receive information at much higher rates. This ROS package is “myp_ros” and contains everything you need to start integrated PRob into your ROS environment. Check it out: https://github.com/fp-robotics/myp_ros

Options

 

Suitcase

To make the transportation as convenient as possible, we provide optionally a suitcase with tailor-made protective foam for robot arm, gripper body and fingers as well as power supply.

Floor Plate

Steel plate 550 x 550 x 10 mm (23.5 kg) zinc plated with 2 hand grips, for
mounting the robot.

Floor Stand

The floor stand is a cross-shaped aluminum profile for mounting the robot.
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P-Solution

Customer-specific Solutions

The F&P Team provides the possibility to adapt the products and the design according to the wishes and needs of the customer. Furthermore, F&P conducts feasibility studies for customer projects.

Training and Support

F&P and/or its local partners offer training sessions and support adapted to the specific needs of our customers.

Service and Warranty

To ensure that your application runs smoothly and your F&P Robotics product is best taken care of, we offer a variety of services. After the regular or extended warranty period we offer preventive maintenance service contracts that take care of your service needs and will significantly prolong the life of your investment.

Applications

Food packaging

Automation of the packaging  process of yoghurt glasses guaranteeing intrinsic protection for employees and higher levels of productivity, while fulfilling the pureness requirements of the food industry.

Bottling of liquids

In the fully automated process P-Rob is installed on a linear axis and fills liquids in bottles, closes the bottle cap, pins the tag and places the bottles back in the storage. This allows an enormous reduction of cycle times.

Food handling

With his sensitivity and the reduced forces P-Rob is the ideal robot for applications in the area of food handling. The integrated sensors and camera module allow to grasp even very fragile and soft objects.

Food preparation

P-Rob is ideally suited for preparing meals in restaurants and canteens. His  position repeatability of 0.1mm and his payload of 3 kg allow for very accurate working. The soft cover protects coworkers and also the robot itself.

 

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Bottling of suspension

For efficiency reasons a bottling process was to be automated where bottles in different sizes needed to be filled. Therefore, P-Rob was installed on a linear axis. Since diamond slurries are very sophisticated and expensive fluids, accuracy in the production process is very important. P-Rob guarantees very high-quality processing of the products.

 

 

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Packaging of bio-dairy products

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The task was the automation of the packaging process of yoghurt glasses guaranteeing intrinsic protection for employees and higher levels of productivity, while fulfilling the pureness requirements of the food industry.
The engineering process had to foresee a mobile solution (linear axis) combined with a complex and high frequency manipulation.
Learn more about the achieved solution.

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Testing electronic circuit boards

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The task was the automation of the time sensitive electrical testing of automotive electronic circuit boards. This requires pick & place of the boards, sorting them according to the test result as well as opening and closing of the cover. The electrical testing process has been automated implementing a 5-axis collaborative robot P-Rob®.
Learn more about the achieved solution:

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Blister Thickness Measurement

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The task was to automate the measuring of the thickness of thin, transparent blisters by a collaborative robot. The implemented product is a P-Rob® 1R equipped with a magnetic measuring stick, mounted to the gripper flange of the robot.
Learn more about the achieved solution.

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