SIDEBOTS | THE NEXT FRONTIER OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS
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SIDEBOTS

The Next Frontier of Industrial Robots

SIDEBOTS

Sidebot is the term used to frame the type of industrial robots that are able to work full speed (like a fenced robot) and able to reduce to a safe speed (like cobots) when a human gets close to it. The term was coined and defined by Enrique Luis Sardi, and popularized with WYZO, a pioneer of the SIDEBOTS mouvement.

An industrial robot is a robot system used for manufacturing.

Industrial robots are automated, programmable, and capable of movement on three or more axes.

Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, assembly, disassembly, pick and place for printed circuit boards, packaging and labeling, palletizing, product inspection, and testing; all accomplished with high endurance, speed, and precision. They can assist in material handling, dispensing, and machine tending too.

SIDEBOTS SARDI INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER ESPERT SUISSE

There are 3 types of industrial Robots:

1- FENCED ROBOTS: “fenced, open mobility and very fast operations”

2- SIDEBOTS: “No fence, open mobility and very fast operations”

3- COBOTS: “No fence, open mobility and slow operations”

DICTIONARY: SIDEBOT

The origins of the term are the mix between SIDEKICK and ROBOT; pronounced [ sahyd-bot ]. The first SIDEBOT ever was WYZO, an industrial delta robot developed in 2018 by a team made by 2 partners, in one side the DELTA ROBOT experts (team WYZO)  and in the other side the Swiss Industrial Equipment Design experts (team SARDI).

*Sidekick: is an expression for a close companion or colleague who is, or is generally regarded as, subordinate to the one he or she accompanies.

      • Batman’s sidekick is robin.
      • Don Quixote sidekick is Sancho Panza

*Robot: any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill. A machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks by physically moving, especially one which can be programmed.

THE NEXT FRONTIER OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS

SIDEBOTS are an innovative evolution of fenced robots and collaborative robots together.

SIDEBOTS are meant to be able to interact with humans within a common space and at the same time perform repetitive and complex jobs at full speed when humans are away.

SIDEBOTS applications contrast with traditional industrial robot applications in which robots are isolated from human contact. SIDEBOTS safety may rely on lightweight construction materials, rounded edges, and inherent limitation of speed and force, or on sensors and software that ensures safe behavior.
Thanks to sensors, AI, and other design features such as lightweight materials and rounded edges, cobots and sidebots are able to interact directly and safely with humans.

 

The International Federation of Robotics, recognizes two types of robots:

  • industrial robots used in automation (in an industrial environment)
  • service robots for domestic and professional use.

Service robots could be considered to be cobots as they are intended to work alongside humans. Industrial robots have traditionally worked separately from humans behind fences or other protective barriers, but SIDEBOTS and cobots remove that separation.

SIDEBOTS can have many uses, from information robots in public spaces (an example of service robots), logistics robots that transport materials within a building, to industrial robots that help automate unergonomic tasks such as helping people moving heavy parts, or machine feeding or assembly operations.

 

The IFR defines four types of collaborative manufacturing applications:

  • Co-existence: Human and robot work alongside each other, but with no shared workspace.
  • Sequential Collaboration: Human and robot share all or part of a workspace but do not work on a part or machine at the same time.
  • Co-operation: Robot and human work on the same part or machine at the same time, and both are in motion.
  • Responsive Collaboration: The robot responds in real-time to the worker’s motion.

In most industrial applications of cobots and SIDEBOTS today, both robots and human worker share the same space but complete tasks independently or sequentially (Co-existence or Sequential Collaboration.) Co-operation or Responsive Collaboration are presently less common.

Industrial Robots in Switzerland

SIDEBOTS

Switzerland is happy to be known as the Silicon Valley of Robotics. The Zurich economic area contributes considerably to this peak position: Its universities and technology companies belong among the world’s leaders in information science, computer vision, sensor technology and artificial intelligence. Switzerland’s traditional strengths in the fields of mechanical engineering and precision goods, known among others from the watch industry, contribute to this standing.

Cobots Switzerland and sidebot Switzerland: some more innovative industrial robots are cobot and the new, actually unique, sidebot.

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FAQ

With what types of robots can a SIDEBOT be produced?

The SIDEBOTS can be made with any type of Industrial Robot, Polar Robots (articulated robot), Scara Robots, Delta Robots or Cartesian robots.

When was the first ever SIDEBOT made?

WYZO is the first SIDEBOT ever manufactured for the market. It’s a SIDEBOT using a DELTA ROBOT for industrial use. In the market since 2020.

How many industrial robot are currently in operation worldwide?

In the year 2020, an estimated 1.64 million industrial robots were in operation worldwide according to International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

FACTS SIDEBOTS

Clarification and definitions:

SIDEBOTS are based on a completely new concept, evolved from robots and cobot. Actually, the first SIDEBOT ever has been produced by the industrial robotic leader DEMAUREX in partnership with SARDI. Every SIDEBOT offers a fantastic combination of industrial robot’s performance and typical cobot’s versatility.    They are extremely flexible automated solutions.

WYZO is the first SIDEBOT ever manufactured for the market and for industrial use.

SIDEBOTS

Innovative industrial robots

An industrial robot is a robot system used for manufacturing. Industrial robots are automated, programmable and capable of movement on three or more axes.

Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, assembly, disassembly, pick and place for printed circuit boards, packaging and labeling, palletizing, product inspection, and testing; all accomplished with high endurance, speed, and precision. They can assist in material handling.

In the year 2020, an estimated 1.64 million industrial robots were in operation worldwide according to International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

An industrial robot is a robot system used for manufacturing. Industrial robots are automated, programmable and capable of movement on three or more axes.

Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, assembly, disassembly, pick and place for printed circuit boards, packaging and labeling, palletizing, product inspection, and testing; all accomplished with high endurance, speed, and precision. They can assist in material handling.

In the year 2020, an estimated 1.64 million industrial robots were in operation worldwide according to International Federation of Robotics (IFR).
The IFR’s use of the term “industrial robot” is based on the definition of the International Organization for Standardization: an “automatically controlled, reprogrammable multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes”, which can be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications. (ISO 8373)
The terms used in the definition mean:

  • Reprogrammable: designed so that the programmed motions or auxiliary functions can be changed without physical alteration;
  • Multipurpose: capable of being adapted to a different application with physical alteration;
  • Physical alteration: alteration of the mechanical system (the mechanical system does not include storage media, ROMs, etc.)
  • Axis: direction used to specify the robot motion in a linear or rotary mode

Industrial robots can be classified according to mechanical structure:

  • Cartesian robot: robot whose arm has three prismatic joints and whose axes are correlated with a cartesian coordinate system
  • SCARA robot: a robot, which has two parallel rotary joints to provide compliance in a plane
  • Articulated robot: a robot whose arm has at least three rotary joints
  • Parallel/Delta robot: a robot whose arms have concurrent prismatic or rotary joints
  • Cylindrical robot: a robot whose axes form a cylindrical coordinate system