Flexiv Robotics Application Engineer Dajun Tao (left) meets the Cardinal Machine team.

System integrator leverages adaptive force control technology

May 12, 2023
Cardinal Machine and Flexiv use adaptive robots to combat labor shortages

Michigan-based system integrator Cardinal Machine and Flexiv partnered to unlock adaptive automation opportunities for midwestern customers. As a manufacturer of adaptive robots, Flexiv will equip Cardinal with the ability to deploy robotic products that leverage force sensitivity and artificial intelligence.

The collaboration is designed to enable jobs that would typically require manual labor, such as sanding, polishing, palletizing and delicate assembly tasks, to be fully automated.

With more than four decades of experience, Cardinal Machine is one of North America’s system-integration and machine-building businesses. It leverages software and hardware to provide offerings that are designed to be user-friendly, reliable, maintainable and durable for the most complex manufacturing challenges.

“This strategic partnership with Cardinal marks a significant milestone for Flexiv,” said Howard Huang, Flexiv’s business director for North America. “With the labor shortage showing no signs of abating and manufacturing being a vital part of Michigan’s economy, we hope that Flexiv’s robotic solutions can be used to fill some of the vacancies negatively impacting supply chains. Thanks to Cardinal, we have a real chance to make a positive difference and empower businesses not only to survive, but to excel.”

As a Flexiv system integrator, Cardinal will have full access to the Rizon 4, 4s, and 10 robotic arms and the Moonlight parallel robot. They can be integrated into existing production lines or used for stand-alone applications.

“We are excited and look forward to a successful, long-term partnership with Flexiv,” said Brian Pennington, president of the Cardinal Machine. “Having Flexiv’s adaptive force control technology available to us allows us to provide our customers with complex automation solutions in areas that previously required human intervention. Combining adaptive force control technology with a robot that can work collaboratively with a human operator offers even more potential solutions to complex tasks.”