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Robotics Industry News

Rick Vanden Boom Discusses Collaborative vs. Fenceless Traditional Robots with Control Engineering Magazine

Applied Manufacturing Technologies

AMT fenceless collaborative robot in automotive plant installing spark plugs





AMT’s Vice President–Systems Rick Vanden Boom was featured in a recent Control Engineering magazine article entitled “Fenceless Safety Methods Embrace Human-Robot Interaction.” 

“We have a lot of people coming to us saying they want a collaborative robot. But as we talk through their applications, what they are really after is a fenceless robot,” said Rick Vanden Boom, vice president–systems at Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT).

In the article, Vanden Boom discussed a recent project at an automotive powertrain manufacturing facility. AMT engineers designed and installed a system with the first collaborative robot ever deployed at this plant. The foam-clad FANUC robot has a 35 kg payload and custom-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) to install four spark plugs at a time.

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