Tuesday, March 26, 2019
In February, 2019 Jerry Walling traveled to Frankfurt Germany to participate in the first Global Distributor meeting sponsored by the Hahn Group for Rethink Robotics distributors. During the meeting the Hahn leadership team discussed their vision for Rethink and where they see the collaborative robotics industry going in the near and long term future.
Centro Inc., founded in Memphis in 1970, is a specialty representative and distributor company focusing on industrial customers in the Discreet Manufacturing and Process Flow Markets. The company serves industrial customers through six product focused divisions:
• Instrumentation, Measurement & Control Division
• Valve, Actuation & Engineered Products Division
• Purification & Filtration Division.
• Pump & Seal Division
• Process Equipment & Sanitary Division
• Automation & Robotics Division
Centro has experienced significant growth since an ownership change in 2002 and has been recognized by the Memphis Business Journal with a Pacesetter Award. Centro is one of the top 100 Privately Held Businesses in Memphis and was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as Small Business of the Year in 2012.
About the Sawyer and Rethink Robotics:
In 2012, Rethink Robotics ushered in the new age of collaborative robots, with the introduction of the Baxter. Before Baxter, people and robots did not work side by side. Manufacturing robots were kept behind cages, programmed by highly paid specialists, and were purchased for a single purpose only. Rethink changed all of that.
Collaborative robots are safe to be around, require a much smaller footprint, and are inexpensive enough to provide a rapid return on investment. They are the solution of choice for manufacturers looking to boost productivity and quality in their operations. An industry that once looked to automation for volume production is now seeking flexibility, as labor rates rise, consumer demands constantly change, and companies compete in a global market.
The Sawyer is the revolutionary collaborative robot designed to execute tasks that have been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots. Sawyer gives manufacturers the high performance automation they need, while maintaining the flexibility, safety and affordability synonymous with the Rethink brand.
Sawyer features a 7 degree of freedom robot arm with a 1260 mm reach that maneuvers into tight spaces and operates in work cells designed for humans. Built-in force sensing capabilities allow it to make adaptive decisions as tasks run, enabling Sawyer to work precisely (+/- .1 mm), while operating safely next to people.
Please contact Michael Gallagher president of Centro in Memphis at (901) 357-1261 with questions or comments or refer to the Centro web site at www.CentroSolves.com.