Discrete and Process Automation

Rockwell Automation and Comau power automation efficiency through unified robot control solutions at Automation Fair

11 November 2022

Since launching their collaboration in 2021, Comau and Rockwell Automation Inc. have been jointly working to leverage the power of robotic solutions to help businesses increase the speed of innovation and maximize their manufacturing efficiencies. Now, Comau will join Rockwell Automation at the 31st annual Automation Fair November 16 to November 17 in Chicago, Illinois (Booth #1135), to showcase the benefits of the full integration of Comau’s articulated robots with the unified robot control platform by Rockwell Automation.

Integrating Rockwell Automation components and Comau’s robots, using one PLC for controlling both, eliminates the need for additional robot programming skills required by other robot manufacturers.

By better synchronizing robots, processes, workflows and peripherals, companies can operate robot systems that reduce time to market and improve their manufacturing uptime, accelerate deployment times and shorten recovery speeds (MTTR) if needed. The use of one programming language, the seamless integration of components and the use of one environment for a continuously enhanced robot applications library provide customers with a modular and scalable future proof solution, reducing total cost ofSource: ComauSource: Comau operations and improving work efficiency.

Companies of all sizes can control one or more robots via their existing PLC environment, eliminating the need for a dedicated controller for every robot. This in turn helps drive greater sustainability as fewer components are needed, resulting in the better use of expensive manufacturing floor space.

Offering one unified solution simplifies the supply chain complexity and serviceability as the full integration allows the sourcing of most components and services by one trusted source.

The integration of Comau’s robot technology with Rockwell Automation’s software goes hand-in-hand with the company’s commitment to simplify automation and represents a key enabler in accelerating the creation of long-term value for its customers. In addition to helping drive increased adoption and better cost-effectiveness for general industry sectors, the joint solution also helps mitigate potential risks associated with the global issues of limited microchip availability as companies look to initiate or expand robotic automation strategies.

At the show, DCC Automation: Dairy Conveyor Corp., a manufacturer and system integrator of material handling systems and equipment for the food industry, will display an innovative high-speed palletizing and depalletizing solution featuring Comau’s NJ-60 and PAL-180 articulated robots. At its core is a GuardLogix 5580 controller that orchestrates the operation of the entire system and its safety. The NJ-60 robot automatically breaks down the pallet and feeds boxes to the high-payload palletizing robot.

Similarly, Aagard Group, system integrator will showcase a flexible packaging application that uses the integrated Comau-Rockwell Automation solution and can customize the content of an individual package per customer specifications thanks to HMI inputs. By integrating Comau’s Racer 5-0.63 robot and an iTRAK Intelligent Conveyance System from Rockwell Automation, the robot will automatically pick and pack various sports items, including golf balls, hockey pucks and more.

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