Collaborative robots

A Rethink Sawyer its cobot is a smart collaborative robot with the capabilities to work in collaboration with human workers without the need to build costly and complex safety equipment around the robot. This is thanks to the fact that Sawyer has its own force sensors on each of its axes, which can stop the cobot immediately if necessary. The commissioning and programming of our smart collaborative robots is simpler than ever before, no longer requiring time-consuming and costly programming expertise. The return on investment for cobots is much faster than for industrial robots, thanks to low-cost operation and affordable prices.

The Rethink robot is an excellent solution for any application where valuable human labour needs to be freed from overly monotonous, exhausting tasks or from a work environment that is harmful to health. It is also recommended for businesses facing increasingly severe and seemingly insurmountable labour shortages.
Sawyer's integrated camera system and optional grippers make it an ideal choice for a variety of industries. Applications can include moving electronic panels, loading and unloading products into and out of CNC machining centres or injection moulding machines, packaging or even visual inspection.

A year after HAHN Group acquired all rights to Sawyer robots, Rethink Robotics has unveiled its first hardware upgrade. The result of a long history of application experience and German engineering, the Sawyer BLACK Edition.

The new Sawyer features higher reliability and quality components, as well as a quieter drive.

The Sawyer BLACK Edition contributes to a quieter working environment, making it even more popular with employees. The improved component quality of the Sawyer BLACK Edition significantly increases the reliability of the cobot.



Why is it worth using a cobot?

1. Value

Before designing any Sawyer application, it is worth considering how much productivity gains and quality improvements the cobot will bring. Also, how much valuable human labour can be freed up to be used for other tasks.


2. Flexibility

The Sawyer can be used for a wide range of production tasks thanks to its 7-joint axle system, embedded camera, long maximum reach (1260 mm) and wide range of grippers. Its rolling stand makes it easy to move to a new workstation and its simple programmability means it can be quickly trained for new tasks.


3. Fast return on investment

The Sawyer's low price, easy setup and programmability, and low safety costs mean that the return on investment for cobot automation is much faster than for traditional industrial robots.


4. Simplicity

Sawyer cobots are designed so that anyone can be quickly trained for any new manufacturing challenge without expensive programming skills, even by moving the robot arm.


5. Security

Each joint on the axle system is equipped with its own force sensor, making the cobot suitable for working directly with people. This greatly reduces the cost of safety equipment and of course the space requirements of the machine.


About Rethink Robotics:

Rethink Robotics was founded in 2008 by Rodney Brooks, the former co-founder of iRobotics, famous for its automated smart cleaning machines. The company, which started as a Boston-based start-up, pioneered the Baxter collaborative robot in 2012, and a few years later, with Sawyer, became one of the world's leading cobot developers. In 2019, Rethink Robotics became part of the Hahn Group, one of Germany's largest automation companies, in 100%, combining Sawyer's pioneering innovation with precise German engineering.

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Find out more about Sawyer and its accessories!

A Sawyer

Sawyer is a collaborative robot

Meet Sawyer, the smart collaborative robot, a simple automation solution for any manufacturing task. Relieve labour shortages with a fast return on investment!

ClickSmart Grippers

Large vacuum gripper for Sawyer

Ready-to-use gripper kits for any application, to grip and move any object. Flexible vacuum discs and grippers available.


Rethink Intera

Intera software interface for quick and easy robot training for anyone. A unique feature is that Intera also tracks and stores selected key parameters of the production process while the cobot is running.

OnRobot accessories

OnRobot RG6 gripper

Discover the OnRobot product range, where you will find all the tools you need to automate your production processes.

Sawyer applications

Servicing X-ray cells

Servicing X-ray equipment is a difficult task to automate due to the different geometries and product ranges.
ELAS' automation team solved the management of a previously manual workstation with our own Rethink Sawyer collaborative robot, using Sawyer's unique features such as built-in force measurement or integrated camera.
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PCB management and ICT

Handling electronic panels is traditionally a difficult task to automate, due to sensitive components and frequent product changeovers. With Sawyer's ±0.1 mm precision axis system, sensitive force gauges and vacuum gripper system, you can quickly get to work on this task without having to rearrange your current workstation. With many years of electronics experience, the ELAS team is ready for any cobot integration task, be it ICT, PCB marking or even dispensing.


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Pick and Place

In almost every factory, there is a task where a product or part has to be moved from one place to another. For such monotonous, tedious, yet critical human tasks, Sawyer is an excellent option. With its range of cobot grippers and camera system, it can detect and move a wide variety of objects, and even palletise or place them in precise positions.



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The packaging of finished products is a repetitive but essential process in any plant. Sawyer is able to pack your products in any size quickly but reliably ready for delivery.


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CNC machine tool operation

Filling these machines means a lot of dead time and repetitive tasks for the human workforce, but Sawyer feels right at home here. Combined with CNC equipment, it provides a complete machining, loading and unloading solution.


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Injection moulding

In the plastics industry, our cobots can be used for a wide range of activities. It is ideal for unloading products from injection moulding machines, for final packaging or even for inspection!


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Visual inspection

Previously, full inspection could only be automated in high volume production, but Sawyer puts an end to this. With its camera system, it can perform a complete visual inspection of any product with complete traceability and can even intervene and even repair if a fault is detected!


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Pressing and stamping in the metal industry

These jobs can be really noisy, dirty and dangerous, while the work is monotonous and simple. But Sawyer is happy to work in such a place, tirelessly loading pieces even when there's a wide variety of products.


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Automated screwdriving with OnRobot collaborative screwdriver

Simple, intelligent and cost-effective automated screwdriving with the OnRobot collaborative screwdriver and Sawyer cobot.

The OnRobot Screwdriver and the available screw feeders can handle a wide range of screw sizes from M1.6 to M6, up to 50 mm screw length. Precise torque control from 0.15 Nm to 5 Nm.

Its protection features make it suitable for cooperative applications with screws up to 35 mm long, which the screwdriver fully retracts during movement.


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Change application in 2 minutes

The "Robot Positioning System" used by Sawyer allows flexible repositioning and dynamic repositioning of the cobot.

By using Landmarks and a mobile pedestal, Sawyer adapts quickly to changing work environments, enabling a wide range of applications without additional hardware, software or integration.
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Simple programming

You don't even need a PC to learn the simple movements and operations, with navigation buttons on Sawyer's arm you can get up and running in minutes.

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Landmark use

The use of Landmarks is a great help when moving the Sawyer cobot to a new workstation or when the trained positions are moved for some reason. There is no need for lengthy retraining of positions, this task is done for us by the built-in camera system together with the Intera software

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