On display at the Design Engineering and Manufacturing Solutions Expo in Tokyo, this pen assembly machine from Keyence is an impressive example of robotic multi-tasking and dexterity – albeit perhaps not that practical. So if you happen to work on a pen assembly line, you might now be redundant thanks to this robot. Or maybe not...
It takes a little over two minutes for one robot to put together a single pen, which is not really very quick. I'm pretty confident that I could pull off this trick just as fast.
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But what is impressive is that the robot is versatile enough to complete all the required steps on its own, rather than relying on a division of labor among multiple specialized robots.
There are a wide variety of motions that comprise this task, and it's remarkable that this robot can perform them all in such a short time. This might not be the most efficient way to put together a single pen, but this is such a complex demonstration of robotic dexterity that we thought the video here.
Have a look below to witness the entire pen-assembly process from start to finish.