|Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot. Photo: Whitehouse.Gov
[Avionics Today 09-24-2014] Major aircraft manufacturer Cutting Dynamics has joined the growing roster of advanced manufacturers using collaborative robotics, adding Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot to a critical part of its thermal deburring line in its Avon, Ohio plant. Baxter works alongside aerospace manufacturing engineers, automating the finishing process for its line of high-precision parts.
"We're starting with deburring," said Bill Carson, president and CEO at Cutting Dynamics. "Baxter is working right next to our team, putting products on the belt for the final finish.”
Baxter is Cutting Dynamics' first collaborative robot, and a second one is already slated for deployment in the next couple of months. Because Baxter rapidly adapts to changes in parts and tasks, the robots are expected to substantially improve operational efficiency, Cutting Dynamics says. The company also believes that automating important and time-consuming tasks also means that several team members can now take on more complex and interesting work.