Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer available in Australia

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer robot, announced in March last year, is available in Australia through distributor Impact Robotics.

The single-armed collaborative robot, which – like Rethink’s Baxter, operates on the company’s Intera platform – can be reprogrammed by line-workers with no coding knowledge.

“Sawyer and Baxter offer a cost effective technology solution for repetitive or dangerous process tasks, freeing up valuable human resources for more value added and complex tasks,” said Impact’s general manager, David Birnbaum.

“The technology can be integrated with other automation processes. Other suitable applications include case packing, kitting and line loading and unloading to name but a few.”

Development on the robot – which weighs 19 kilograms, has a 1,260 mm reach and can handle a 4 kilogram payload – began in late-2013 ahead of its launch last year in March. It was announced as available for sale globally in September.

Impact is the sole Australia and New Zealand distributor of Sawyer, according to a statement from the company.