Custom Parts Manufacturer Increases Global Competitiveness with Smart, Collaborative Robots

Standby Screw Machine Products Co. Powers Production, Precision with Baxter

BOSTON, June 9, 2015 -- A leader in custom manufacturing for outdoor power equipment, Standby Screw Machine Products Co., is leveraging Rethink Robotics' two-armed Baxter robot in two separate applications to increase flexibility and consistency in its manufacturing operations and better compete on a global stage.


A third-generation company founded in 1939, Standby Screw manufactures and delivers custom parts for outdoor power equipment and automotive industries. Because of the repetitive nature of many of the factory tasks, the company sought a solution that would lower costs and competitively price their products, but still maintain the flexibility to deal with new parts and production lines quickly and easily. Smart, flexible and able to perform in variable environments, Baxter is uniquely designed to meet the needs of manufacturers.

"Our customers want a quality part, at a competitive price, delivered on time, and Baxter is integral to that goal," said Drew Rabkewych, sales manager at Standby Screw. "We've increased efficiency in two critical lines, and can now leverage our staff in more complex roles throughout the factory. We see Baxter as a major competitive advantage in our industry."

In Standby Screw's Berea, Ohio factory, Baxter is a vital part of a high-volume robotic cell producing more than one million parts per year, cleaning and packaging worm shafts - a long cylindrical gear used for self-propelled walk-behind lawnmowers. Baxter is fed parts from a traditional caged industrial robot, and, using both arms, moves the parts into a slot to clean the machine oil before placing the parts into two boxes.

A second Baxter is tending to a milling machine, using two arms to pick up pivot rods designed for snow blowers out of a feeding unit and placing them into the machine to cut a flat end on the rod.

Using both arms and handling multiple parts at the same time, Baxter is packaging the worm shafts into boxes directly on the factory floor, working overnight in some cases. The added production time and ability to package exactly 169 parts per box is directly contributing to Standby Screw's ability to maintain a competitive price for its products.

"As manufacturers look to gain an edge in a highly competitive global environment, innovative companies are turning to Baxter to solve decades-old challenges in their production lines," said Jim Lawton, chief product and marketing officer at Rethink Robotics. "Smart, collaborative robots that can work in variable manufacturing environments are making a significant difference on the factory floor today."

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About Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics, Inc. helps manufacturers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining trainable, safe and cost-effective robots with skilled labor. Its Baxter and Sawyer robots, driven by Intera, an advanced software platform, give world-class manufacturers and distributors in automotive, plastics, consumer goods, electronics and other industries a workforce multiplier that optimizes labor. With Rethink Robotics, manufacturers increase flexibility, lower costs and can invest in skilled labor - all advantages in fueling continuous innovation and sustainable competitive advantage.

Committed to accelerating robotics innovation in manufacturing and beyond, Rethink Robotics' Baxter Research Robot gives academic and corporate research environments a humanoid robot platform with integrated sensors and an open software development kit for creating custom applications.

Based in Boston, Mass., the company is funded by GE Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures. For more information about Rethink Robotics, please visit www.rethinkrobotics.com and follow on Twitter at @RethinkRobotics.

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