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Japanese electronics company Epson has launched a new robot which it says will expand the scope of automated production.

The “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot is named the WorkSense W-01.

As opposed to other industrial robots, which are conventionally installed in a fixed location on a line to perform a given task, the WorkSense W-01 has been developed for easy mobility so it can be wheeled from place to place to perform assembly, transport, and other tasks.

The robot is equipped with four head-unit cameras and two arm-mounted cameras that give the robot human-like vision, enabling it to accurately detect an object’s position and orientation in three-dimensional space.

The dual arms move independently from one another to allow the robot to perform tasks that a single-arm robot cannot...

The robot arms are fitted with Epson’s precision force sensors, which are already available.

The robot is able to perform delicate assembly, transport, and other tasks that require human-like force control to avoid damaging objects. 

Multipurpose hands that can grasp, grip, and clamp objects of various shapes and sizes are included as standard end-of-arm tooling.

The robot’s two 7-axis arms move like human arms. The dual arms move independently from one another to allow the robot to perform tasks that a single-arm robot cannot, such as tightening a screw in a component with one arm while holding the component in place with the other.

Epson has also developed prototypes of three new models of industrial robots: the vertically articulated N6 and VT6 robots; and the T6 SCARA robot, to meet the needs of manufacturers.

Based in Victoria, Motion Solutions Australia represents Epson in Australia.