Order & Delivery
If I order now, when will I receive my robot?
Eva currently has a short waiting list. We’ll endeavour to deliver new orders in June 2019, but customers outside the UK might have to wait a little longer.
Can we trial Eva before purchasing?
From March 2019, Eva is available for outright purchase, and Automata is no longer accepting trial customers. You’re welcome to attend a demo day at Automata HQ in London, or book an online demo. Fill in this form or email us.
What’s in the box?
One Eva Robotic Arm, a power cable, an emergency stop button and cable, reference and safety manuals, a brake release lever and an I/O adapter. There are no teach pendants or external control devices, as these are not required. You can connect to Eva over wifi, and program the robot from any browser.
Where is Eva shipping to?
We’re currently shipping to UK and Europe and any country that accepts CE certification. We’re actively looking at certification requirements for the US and Asia.
Is there a software subscription or cost?
- Your purchase of Eva includes a license to use the current version of Choreograph (our robot control software) indefinitely.
- Your purchase also includes one year of feature updates, such as fleet management, online services and controller optimisation.
- Critical updates, such as security patches, will always be free.
Can Eva work with inspection cameras?
- Yes, Eva can integrate with industrial cameras.
- Eva gets inputs from the inspection camera via IOs and takes action based on the inputs it receives.
Is there an API?
Eva is programmable with a HTTP REST API available via Ethernet or WiFi. Documentation is stored on the robot computer. In future we will make it publicly available, but you can get a copy from us by filling in this form or emailing us.
Is there a ROS package or any SDKs?
- Eva will not have a supporting ROS module at launch – this on our roadmap for the coming months.
- We do provide a Python SDK for Eva.
What capabilities does Eva have for reporting back positions?
Eva can report joint angles the HTTP API or SDKs at a rate of 30 Hz.
Can we send a trigger from another device, such as a sensor?
Yes, Eva can be triggered via other devices through its digital and analog IOs (4X: Analog Inputs, 2X: Analog Outputs, 6X: Digital Inputs 6X: Digital Outputs).
Can I control the robot by specifying angles or cartesian coordinates?
Yes, information can be sent to the robot in the form of specific angles for each joint, or an end effector position (cartesian coordinates and orientation).
What’s Eva’s payload/reach/accuracy/speed?
Download the spec sheet here.
Does Eva need to be rehomed after every power cycle?
No, Eva has absolute encoders (they don’t lose position on power down), and therefore does not need to be rehomed each power cycle.
What kind of motors move Eva?
Brushless DC motors.
How do I attach end-effectors? Do you sell them?
- Our end-effector mounting plate is designed to ISO 9409-1-40-4-M6. That means it uses four M6 screws arranged in a circle 40 mm in diameter. It’s compatible with off the shelf grippers from Industry standard suppliers like Schunk and Zimmer.
- We’ve tested the robot with electrical grippers (2, 3 fingers), pneumatic grippers, vacuum grippers, and custom built capacitive end effectors.
- Eva features an IO connector on the head, which can send power and data to end effectors.
- We offer a few popular end effectors which work well with our robot’s size and payload, such as Schunk’s EGP 40 and EGP 50. You can find all our available end effectors on our accessories page.
Where is Eva’s control unit?
- Eva has an onboard computer, stored in the base of the robot. This makes the entire system compact and lightweight.
- Eva’s control software, Choreograph, is installed on the onboard computer and is accessed through your web browser via wifi or ethernet.
How can I attach Eva to my work surface?
Use four M6 screws or bolts, arranged in a 132 x 132 mm square. It can also be attached with simple G clamps, but this affects its repeatability. Eva should be installed in an upright position, and is not suitable for inverted or wall mounting.
Applications & Safety
What are Eva’s popular use cases?
- In the Manufacturing industry: pick and place, machine tending, product testing, inspection and spot dispensing.
- In Education: Robotics 101 courses, and experimental research.
- In Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Labs: Tray Handling.
What can’t Eva do?
- We don’t guarantee in-flight accuracy – so we can’t recommend welding, milling, 3d printing, laser cutting, drawing or in-line gluing applications.
- Eva does not yet feature torque sensing. We do not recommend it for cutting or screwing.
- Eva is not certified to work with raw or unpackaged food or drinks, nor is it suitable for medical applications. However, many clean room use cases can be performed by covering the robot with a clean room sheath.
- Eva is not suitable for environments with a risk of flash over or combustible dusts.
What are Eva’s safety features?
- Category 0 emergency stop functionality (ie: power immediately removed from motors).
- Automatic stop functionality, triggered by current sensing at the joints.
- A manual brake release to move the robot even when unpowered.
- Inherently lighter and slower than larger cobots so less risk of damage.
- No pinch points in the design.
Services & Warranty
What operating hours do you guarantee?
We have a standard product warranty of 1 year.
How many hours can the robot run without taking a break?
For some light use cases, Eva can run 24/7. This is not possible in humid or hot environment, or with applications requiring fast movement or heavy payloads.
What assistance will be provided post sale?
- Eva comes with a standard 1 year product warranty.
- We provide online technical support via Zendesk, and will be bringing a public support community online in the coming months.
- We will continuously roll out tutorials as well as tips and tricks to make programming easier.
- We intend to offer additional services like predictive maintenance, remote diagnostics and an uptime warranty in the future.
- If you need a more hands on service post-sale to ensure maintenance and upkeep, there are a number of integrators we trust and can recommend.