With Eva’s ease-of-use, compact size and 6 degrees of freedom, it’s the perfect robot for labs and manufacturers of all sizes
Robotics are going to change what it means to work over the next couple of decades. Yet traditional robotics is still bulky, hard to use and costly, making true automation inaccessible for a huge number of labs and manufacturers. For robotics to truly change the world, it first needs to be democratised. And that’s why we developed Eva.
Eva is the most cost effective, flexible and easy-to-use industrial robotic arm on the market today. Small enough to fit around any workflow in both the lab and the manufacturing space – without the need for a bulky cage or separate control box – Eva’s 6 degrees of freedom make it as nimble as any human arm (and almost as easy to programme). This industrial robot is the perfect solution for eliminating the repetitive, dull and strenuous tasks that are still being done manually today.
With Eva, you can quickly and easily take the next step into industry 4.0 – and beyond.
Which applications can Eva automate?
Eva is able to automate a number of lightweight (<1.25kg) pick and place applications, allowing teams to remove bottlenecks, optimise workflows and run additional operational shifts without increasing costs. It’s best suited for highly repetitive processes that don’t require skilled staff to perform.
Eva is the perfect fit for labs of any size and any small-to-medium-sized manufacturing business that want to embrace automation, relieve their staff of repetitive, strenuous, error-prone tasks, and increase productivity and precision. Let’s take a look at some of it’s key use cases:
Eva for lab automation
Because of Eva’s 6-axis of freedom and ease of use, the lab robot arm easily automates the loading and unloading of samples into lab machines, precision balances and more.
When fitted with off-the-shelf or bespoke end-of-arm tools, Eva can handle a range of common lab items – including microplates, PCR tube strips, eppendorf tubes, petri dishes and microscope slides – to automate repetitive and strenuous sample handling processes.
With a liquid handling robot integration, Eva automates the process of low throughput liquid handling to increase the quality, speed and efficiency of assays.
Eva brings about significant productivity gains in the lab and eliminates human error when the lab robot is used for barcode scanning, automating the labelling and un-labelling of samples.
Which lab machines can Eva work with?
When used as a lab robot, Eva can be integrated with any lab equipment that has to be operated manually today, including:
- Automated liquid handlers
- Microplate readers
- Microplate washers
- Sample hotels
- Any other lab-based analysers
Eva in manufacturing automation:
Common manufacturing 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 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. That makes them well suited to automation by a lightweight industrial robot such as Eva.
An Eva with an integrated camera for vision provides a simple solution for product inspection. Because of the industrial robot arm’s small size and light weight, it can be easily deployed alongside your existing lines.
Bin picking and bin sorting can be two of the most challenging tasks for manufacturing robots to automate. Eva, deployed with a vision system via Automata’s API, provides a solution for lightweight picking and sorting.
What are Eva’s limitations?
While Eva is an ideal solution for the above applications, it has its limitations. Unfortunately, Eva isn’t suitable for you if you need it to:
- Move parts weighing over 1.25kg
- Weld, screw, drill, unpackage foods or any other applications requiring cleanroom specs and high temperature/high humidity operating environments
What industries is Eva suited for?
Eva has been specially designed for lab spaces of all sizes and 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:
- Metal fabrication
- Life sciences
- Pathology research labs
Eva is a lightweight, versatile robot arm 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, assay 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|
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 with no control boxes and no pendants. Just a unified system you can install almost anywhere.
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 lightweight, industrial 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 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.
And, to find out more about how you can start your automation journey with Eva, you can speak to one of our experts by email, ask an expert or get in touch directly on +44 (0)20 3887 0254.