LestaUSA's self-learning robots do not need any complicated programming. They learn by copying humans.
During a self-learning mode, a human finishing specialist initiates a programming sequence while every motor in the robot is disengaged. The specialist manipulates the robot, moving it around as he or she applies the paint.
In this free-float learning mode, encoders in all of the robot's joints record the motions of the specialist as the training paint job happens. As the movements and gun trigger pulls are recorded, the robot's software creates the necessary code.
All the specialist has to do then is step away and initiate the program. The robot then starts painting - all in a matter of minutes.
LestaUSA says its robots allow wood product manufacturers to produce up to 50 percent more furniture, drawers, panels, and doors without the need to increase staff.
The company's self-learning robot and cart system recently picked up an AWFS 2021 Visionary Award for machinery over $50,000.
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