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Voith Robotics

We offer 360° robotic solutions

Voith Robotics is a joint venture between Voith, a technology leader in industrial markets, and Franka Emika.

We offer state-of-the-art lightweight robot technology paired with the assets and domain know-how of Voith. With our global scale and industry knowledge, we offer a comprehensive system to maximize the usage of robotic products for industries like logistics, healthcare, consumer electronics and more.

Our teams of robotic and automation specialists advise our clients right from the beginning: We analyze their needs and develop tailor-made robotic solutions to leverage performance and processes. Our scope includes the development of specialized software solutions, apps and features for the whole life-cycle of the lightweight robots.

Our design thinkers, entrepreneurs and engineers develop completely new approaches for tasks to optimize the workflow for our clients. Please take a look at the Voith Innovation Lab in Berlin to get a sense of our approach and mindset.

Meet Panda

The lightweight robot system designed specifically to assist humans

Designed and developed by Franka Emika GmbH in Munich and produced in Germany. Distributed and custom-tailored around the world by Voith Robotics.

The Panda robot has human-like capabilities and high-resolution sensitivity in all seven joints for robust assembly. It offers high-performance operation and can provide a complete workspace covering kinematics and excellent precision.

The Panda can be programmed within minutes. It has competitively low hardware, software and integration costs.

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Product specification

  • ARM: The arm is inspired by the agility, dexterity and sensitivity of the human arm.
  • PILOT: Pilot is the direct user interface and provides quick-buttons to customize the apps and to execute their features.
  • CONTROL: The slim 19″ control unit can be mounted in server racks or placed elsewhere.
  • HAND: The hand can grasp firmly and quickly for high-performance manipulation.

Panda in motion

App Packages

With our Panda we deliver CE out of the box solutions that are ready to use for certain application scenarios. Once you have answered all questions on the enclosed CE check list with ‘yes’, you can start using Panda straight away without the need to carry out an additional risk assessment. Check the following App Packages for your applications.

PCB Testing

Automate the procedure for chip quality control, a critical part of your production process. The testing device as well as the chips being tested will be handled delicately by our robot Panda and thanks to the Apps of this bundle, which are specifically tailored to the requirements of this solution. Set up and adapt your PCB testing procedure in a matter of minutes and achieve a reliable automated quality control process while keeping testing time to a minimum.

Packing

Packing all elements of your final product in the box that the customer will receive presents some technical challenges. Thanks to Panda’s sensitivity and the Apps from this bundle, you can easily set up a reliable automated process to achieve precise placement of the components into their respective box compartments, as well as successful closing of the box. Conveniently automate the task using these Apps, which include the possibility to control suction and delicately pick the components with a dedicated end effector.

Chip Testing

Quality control of chips represents a critical part of the production process. Handling the smallest and most delicate chips requires the use of vacuum suction and subsequent delicate insertion into the testing device. The Apps from this bundle were designed and developed to tackle these specific challenges. The Apps offer the possibility to easily set up communication with the testing device and to control suction with a dedicated end effector. In this way you can easily achieve a reliable automated quality control process while maximizing test coverage.

Boxes Into Box

Packing the final packages together in bigger boxes represents the very last step before products are shipped out to reach resellers or customers. The Apps from this bundle were tailored to this specific use case. They make the best use of Panda’s ability to detect contacts and modulate its compliance, since interaction forces are monitored and the packing strategy is adapted accordingly, in contrast to costly and less effective precise positioning.

Touchscreen Device Testing

Carry out a reliable end-of-line quality control procedure to test any type of touchscreen displays with our sensitive robot Panda. Use the Apps from this bundle to delicately handle the touchscreens - with no marks left or damage caused - and ultimately provide a flawless product to the consumer. With these Apps, tailored to this specific application, automated testing procedures can be set up and adapted to different touchscreen displays in no time.

Starter Package

Ideal for handling a variety of applications in the most dynamic production environments or for evaluation purposes, this bundle features the essential Apps necessary for automating your first tasks.

Global availability

Meet us

Our international team is happy to discuss how our robotic solutions can help your business progress. Are you looking into customized apps and systems tailored to your needs? Do you want to see how the Panda can leverage your processes? Meet our engineers and great minds at one of our exhibitions and events or get in touch with us directly.

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FAQ

What makes Panda unique?

The ease of use in combination with the agility and sensitivity of the robot is currently unique in the market. It enables accurate and skillful robotic automation. The human-centered design of Panda - and the user interface to program it - allow intuitive programming and flexible applications. As a result, easier integration and scalable solutions can be achieved at a small fraction of the usual costs.

In which industry areas can the Panda robot be used?

The robot is so diverse and economically interesting that there are no limits to imagining possible use cases. We see the robot as a power tool, a tool that is particularly suitable for working with people and is used in a wide variety of business areas, e.g. in production, in the laboratory, in logistics, etc. From pick and place tasks, assembly tasks, screwing applications or device tests, to cooperation with other systems, just about any task can be realized. Thanks to the unique technology, companies are now in a position to let a robot carry out tasks that were not possible before or only at a very high cost.

What software is needed to control Panda?

No software installation is necessary to control Panda. Connect any notebook or PC to the base of the robot via a standard ethernet cable, and you will be able to navigate the user interface desk using common browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Please note that this does not mean that an internet connection needs to be in place in order to control Panda.

How can the communication with external sensors or actuators be implemented?

Connecting the robot Panda to external sensors or actuators can be easily achieved by using corresponding apps for the widespread communication protocol modbus/TCP, which is a client-server protocol to exchange process data between different controllers over ethernet. Modbus/TCP can also be easily converted to a vast variety of other protocols with cheap and standard off-the-shelf components.

What support table is needed to hold the robot?

Robot Panda is equipped with highly sensitive sensor technology and fine-tuned control algorithms, which require installation on a stable, non-moving and non-vibrating platform. In particular, the following maximum forces must be supported during static and dynamic operation: vertical force (410N), horizontal force (300N), tilting torque (280Nm), torque around the first axis from the bottom (90Nm). For further technical information and requirements about the correct site of installation, please refer to the user manual, where you can also find details about how to position the holes for the screws into the baseplate, in order to fasten the robot.

Can Panda be installed on a mobile platform?

Panda currently requires installation on a stable, non-moving and non-vibrating platform.

Can Panda be installed horizontally?

The arm can currently only be installed vertically, with its base horizontal to the earth’s surface.

Is it possible to purchase app packages at any time?

App packages can be included at the moment of the purchase of a Panda system, but of course they can be added anytime later too, whenever your Panda needs further skills to master your automated processes.

What compliances does the Panda system have?

CE (for Europe):

  • All parts used are compliant with the ROHS Directive.
  • The Hand includes: a declaration of conformity to the European law for the Machinery Directive and EMC Directive.
  • Arm + Control include: a declaration of conformity to the European law for the EMC Directive and Low Voltage Directive; concerning the Machinery Directive, Arm + Control come with a declaration of incorporation (for partly completed machinery).
  • CE out of the box solutions include: a declaration of conformity to the European law for the Machinery Directive, EMC Directive and Low Voltage Directive - as a completed machinery.

FCC (for US):

  • The Panda system´s components (Arm, Control, Hand) are compliant with the US FCC regulations for electromagnetic compatibility.

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