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A few of our favorite things from MD&M East and PLASTEC East: Rethink Robotics

Article-A few of our favorite things from MD&M East and PLASTEC East: Rethink Robotics

Baxter the cobot
Your next co-worker may be a robot. At the ATX East exhibition and conference, co-located with MD&M East and PLASTEC East, Rethink Robotics (Boston) and Universal Robots (Odense, Denmark), featured in the following slide, showcased flexible, affordable robots that are bringing the technology within reach of small to mid-size manufacturers in multiple markets and for a broad swath of applications.

Rethink Robotics brought Baxter to the ATX show floor to showcase its collaborative approach to robotics. The new model for flexible production has people and robots working side by side, each doing what they do best, says the company. Crescent Industries provides a recent real-world example.

A custom manufacturer for the medtech industry, Crescent recently "hired" Baxter to work alongside human workers on its injection molding press, ensuring that feeding and unloading the press remains on schedule. As Baxter fulfills this role, Crescent Industries plans to shift its employees to more complex jobs and supervisory roles.

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