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Japanese robotics and automation provider Omron has launched 12 new collaborative robots in its TM series, which it says will automate monotonous tasks and free up human workers for more creative applications.

According to the company, these cobots will enable less programming and faster changeover than previous models.

“Omron's TM series provides a unique solution to easily install a robot to automate applications such as picking, packing and screwdriving which, although traditionally performed by humans, can be challenging to easily automate,” said Omron.

As part of the TM series, Omron has brought out a mobile-compatible model, which it says will seamlessly integrate into the LD series of autonomous mobile robots.

“By integrating the mobile-ready TM series with the LD series, users can automate more complex tasks such as picking and placing onto a tray/into a container, and flexibly automate by connecting processes with autonomous mobile robots,” said Omron.

The manufacturer says three key features set the TM series apart: fast and simple programming to cut back on programming time, integrated on-arm vision systems to shorten setup, and compatibility with all human/machine collaborative safety standards.

“With its various vision functionalities and simple, intuitive programming environment, Omron will further enable safe, flexible and collaborative manufacturing between human and machine,” the company said.

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