What applications is Eva suited for?

Eva is the affordable solution for the automation of lightweight (<1.25kg) pick and place applications, enabling you to remove bottlenecks, optimise process cycle times and run additional operational shifts without increasing costs. It is best suited to highly repetitive processes that don’t require skilled staff to perform. The most common use cases for Eva fall into one of five categories: machine tending, product testing, inspection, sorting and lab automation.

Machine tending
Common machine tending applications with Eva include start/end of line loading and unloading of machines such as CNC machines, CMMs, metal presses and chemical etching machines.

Product Testing
Product testing processes – whether end-of-line, ad-hoc or in R&D (continuous improvement) – are often time consuming, costly and require a high degree of repeatability and consistency. As such, they are well suited to automation with Eva.

Inspection
An Eva with an integrated camera for vision provides a simple solution for product inspection. Because of Eva’s small size and light weight, it can be easily deployed alongside your existing lines.

Sorting
Bin picking and bin sorting can be two of the most challenging tasks to automate. Eva, deployed with a vision system via Automata’s API provides a solution for lightweight picking and sorting.

Lab automation
Lab automation has a number of different applications that are suited for Eva, including: loading and unloading plates, cuvette and Eppendorf tubes for analysers and centrifuges. Eva can easily integrate with liquid dispensers, plate washers or readers, allowing you to run tests both during the day and overnight.

While Eva is an ideal solution for the above applications, there are also processes that it is not well suited to, these include: moving parts weighing over 1.25kg, welding, screwing, drilling, unpackaged foods and other applications requiring cleanroom specs and high temperature / high humidity operating environments.

What industries is Eva suited for?

Eva has been designed for smaller and mid-sized manufacturers with a range of high mix, low volume production runs or processes. Our customers and partners span a range of established industries including automotive, metal fabrication, plastics, electronics, pharmaceuticals, biotech, life sciences and pathology research labs and packaging.

Technical specifications

Eva is a lightweight, versatile robot suitable for a number of different applications across a wide range of industries. Due to its small footprint, it can operate on a workbench just as well as alongside an existing production line or cell, offering you flexibility across your business.

Eva quick facts
Payload Weight Repeatability Degrees of freedom Footprint Reach
1.25kg 9.5kg ±0.5mm 6 160 x 160 mm 600mm
Payload Weight Repeatability
1.25kg 9.5kg ±0.5mm

Degrees of freedom Footprint Reach
6 160 x 160 mm 600mm

Eva also provides 24V industrial logic:digital and analog inputs and outputs, totalling 32 pins. The robot is also compatible with popular tools and designed in accordance with international standards for industrial machinery. Eva comes wit no control boxes and no pendants. Just a unified system you can install almost anywhere.

For a more detailed view of the robot, download the technical specifications document.

Connectivity and set-up

The simplicity of Eva’s ease of connectivity and set-up is unique, allowing you to go from unboxing the robot to programme simple toolpaths for your applications in less than 2 hours. You can use Choreograph, Eva’s powerful built-in visual editor that runs on any browser-based device (such a laptop, smartphone or tablet), or the REST API and Python SDK for advanced use cases and integrations. Choreograph gives you the same level of control over Eva as you would get from a teaching pendant or external control box, all without the added need for a fixed external device – including allowing you to control the robot remotely.

The robot can be set up over WiFi, ethernet and access point, and its small footprint (160mm x 160mm) allows you to set the robot up with 4 M6 screws or bolts for painless and rapid changeovers.

Eva and safety

As part of a new generation of lighter, safer and more lighter and safer robots, Eva is less dangerous to those working alongside it, but should still be considered a piece of industrial machinery and treated accordingly. Conducting a risk assessment is the first step in identifying risks that may arise during operation, as well as hazards associated with the deployment of the robot and regular maintenance.

Compatibility with other technologies

Eva is compatible with a range of other technologies, making it suitable for advanced and complex applications. The ability to program Eva via either Choreograph (the browser-based application) or the robust API (and Python SDK) means that the robot can be connected to a wide range of devices such as:

  • Smart cameras for dynamic positioning – used in applications which have variable parts presentation.
  • PLCs or Raspberry Pi for use in controlling multiple robots or integration with a conveyor belt – these can be used for quality control applications that require pass/fail criteria.
  • Supply chain management tools – allowing users to trigger an action on the robot’s part only after receiving an order.
  • Software such as Labview – giving you the required flexibility to create quick and simple testing applications for Eva to interface with.

If you’re ready to start your automation journey with Eva, download our checklist for success with robotics to get started.

To find out more about how you can start your automation journey with Eva, you can speak to one of our experts by email, requesting a callback or getting in touch directly on +44 (0)20 3887 0254.