JAKA Pro Series: Collaborative Robots Review

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Feb 22, 2023 1048

The intoductory image of the JAKA Pro Series review.

In terms of ever-evolving industries, we face increasingly severe working conditions that are frequently not suitable and even dangerous for human staff. Luckily, robotics is here for us to extend a helping hand. 

Chinese company JAKA produces compact and lightweight collaborative robots for multiple industrial automation purposes, including assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, inspection, and more. With their new Pro series consisting of three efficient machines designed for harsh operating environments, JAKA opens up new opportunities for some really challenging spheres.

All the JAKA Pro series collaborative robots.

Let’s take a look at their main characteristics and find out what the JAKA Pro collaborative robots are capable of.

Pros and cons
  • Perfect for tough and demanding operations
  • Three payload and reach options
  • Excellent repeatability
  • Flexible, light, and reliable structure
  • Easy to control and program
  • Completely safe for people
  • Fit for numerous automated applications
  • In contrast to other JAKA’s cobots, such as Zu, Zu S, and All-In-One, the Pro series is less extensive
  • Slightly more expensive compared to the other company’s products

 

Overview

The JAKA Pro series introduces industrial collaborative robots built for high-precision demanding tasks in various working environments. With three available versions differing in terms of payload and reach capabilities, the lineup features important brand characteristics in combination with several innovative solutions making the machines suitable for really demanding applications.

All JAKA Pro cobots possess the following characteristics:

  • outstanding repeatability of up to ±0.02 mm coupled with high maneuverability and speed (3–3.9 m/s depending on the model), thus the machines can perform even the most difficult precision tasks with ease;
  • increasingly flexible structure that allows to effectively install the cobot at any angle — horizontally, on a wall, mounted from above, or otherwise;
  • intuitive and easy-to-learn control options, such as graphical programming interface and drag teaching, make the JAKA Pro series perfect for both beginners and experienced robot users;
  • due to expanded automation functionality and thoughtful safety protocols, the Pro cobots can handle repetitive tasks 50000 hours non-stop without supervision;
  • high adaptability and fast changeover capabilities ensure that the machine will quickly integrate into any production line;
  • traditional JAKA plug-and-play technology provides easy installation and strong equipment compatibility allowing to use the devices right out of the box;
  • high level of protection against potential environmental hazards allows facilitating multiple repetitive tasks that take a lot of time, effort, and risk on the part of human staff;
  • thanks to remarkable technical parameters in various aspects, the JAKA Pro cobots can master a wide range of applications.

The JAKA Pro collaborative robots operating at the factory.

For more information, check out the sections below.

 

JAKA Pro 5 collaborative robot
Material(s) Aluminum, PC

JAKA Pro 12 collaborative robot
Material(s) Aluminum, PC

JAKA Pro 16 collaborative robot
Material(s) Aluminum, PC

 

Highlights

Now, let’s take a closer look at the prominent features of the JAKA Pro collaborative robots.

Professional accuracy

A close-up on the JAKA Pro collaborative robot screwing.

The JAKA Pro cobots provide stable and reliable performance in combination with high maneuverability and remarkable precision. With six degrees of freedom, the machines can do the majority of tasks human staff is capable of, but more accurately and with less risk of damage and failure. 

The Pro models can repeat the same movement within ±0.02 mm at a maximum speed of 3 m/s. In combination with decent payload capabilities depending on the version, this lets them perform even the most difficult operations with consistency and ease.

Full-fledged protection

A demonstration of the JAKA Pro cobots' immunity to liquids.

Designed for work in harsh environments, the JAKA Pro collaborative robots boast a high rating of ingress protection — IP68. It ensures full immunity to small particles and liquids, such as water, dust, oil, metal, wood, glass or plastic shavings. Combined with resistance to low and high temperatures (-10–50 °C), the machines remain completely functional even in a desert or rainforest.

User-friendly programming

A user controlling the JAKA Pro series cobot from a tablet.

In terms of software, the JAKA Pro cobots are powered by the proprietary JAKA APP, which offers a user-friendly interface in combination with intuitive graphical programming features. Due to this, users of all levels and skills are capable of mastering the program in no time. With the JAKA Pro robots, it is very easy to assign and monitor tasks from any connected device, with no teaching pendant required. The JAKA APP is available on tablets, smartphones, and PCs, which makes it truly accessible.

Intuitive controls

A demosntartion of the JAKA Pro series cobots' tactile drag teaching capability.

Another valuable function of the series is tactile drag teaching that allows the operator to simply move the cobot to desired positions and set necessary actions in the programming interface, even without previous robotic experience. 

One can also select from a number of basic commands built into the Pro series interface to start the working process in just a few minutes after installation. Thus, anyone can achieve task automation with the JAKA Pro machines right out of the box.

Remote interaction

Remote control of the JAKA Pro series collaborative robot.

Thanks to advanced network connectivity, the JAKA Pro cobots can be fully controlled regardless of the user’s position ensuring smooth and effective automation. Remote monitoring feature allows one to program various tasks and watch over the robot’s performance from any part of the world. Conveniently, in case of any issues, corresponding alerts will be raised right away.

Safe human-cobot cooperation

A demonstration of the safe human-cobot contact with the JAKA Pro series machine.

All the JAKA Pro series cobots come with the integrated torque-feedback collision detection, which ensures complete safety and comfortable working conditions for human staff. When a person comes into contact with the device, the latter immediately stops. So, no safety fences are necessary around the JAKA Pro collaborative robots that leads to quick and efficient introduction of the machines.

 

Applications

JAKA cobots are designed with a rapid integration and endless adaptability in mind. They can seamlessly master all manner of applications, from inspection to assembly, palletizing to welding and more. With their advanced functionality, the JAKA Pro robots easily fit into any mixed or purely automated line and cover the majority of industrial operations of demanding and repetitive character.

A variety of applications fit for the JAKA Pro Series collaborative robots.

According to their individual features, the JAKA Pro cobots serve various purposes based on their technical characteristics.
For example, the JAKA Pro 5 is the smallest model in the series yet providing a decent reach of up to 954 mm alongside its minimum payload estimated at 5 kg. This combination makes the cobot ideal for a wide spectrum of precise repetitive tasks including machine tending, gluing, vision picking, and testing. The device is particularly great for metal, wood, machining, and other industries involving challenging environments.

The JAKA Pro 5 cobot in the process of gluing.

The JAKA Pro 12 offers the second best reach of 1327 mm coupled with a higher payload stated in the model name. It also has a wider range of appropriate operations, such as assembly, inspection, polishing, palletizing, packaging, machine tending, welding, etc. The machine will prove itself extremely useful in many modern industries requiring high precision and durability, from automotive manufacturing to agriculture.

The JAKA Pro 12 cobot in the process of inspection.

As for the last available model, the JAKA Pro 16 boasts an outstanding reach of 1713 mm combined with 16 kg payload. Due to its remarkable speed and repeatability, this powerful robot is well suited for cutting metal, grinding, machine tending, and other heavyweight factory automation tasks that involve metal shavings, sawdust, oils, or other liquids. The list of industries that will benefit most from the JAKA Pro 16 includes machining, automotive, agriculture, food, etc.

The JAKA Pro 16 cobot in the process of assembly.

 

Bottom line

The Pro cobot series from JAKA marks the new stage in industrial automation. It introduces collaborative robots with high-quality protection against various production threats while providing remarkable accuracy and speed important for precise repetitive tasks. The presented models can cope with a wide range of applications in need of robotic process automation due to harsh working conditions, from machine tending and palletizing to assembly and inspection. Thanks to intuitive programming, thoughtful safety protocols and easy controls, the JAKA Pro cobots enable smooth and hassle-free experience both for beginners and experienced manufacturers looking for new production optimization opportunities.

FAQ

How is the safety of JAKA Pro collaborative robots ensured?
The cobots from the JAKA Pro series are designed with a torque feedback module. When the collision reaches the set upper torque limit, the robot will immediately stop to prevent people and other equipment from damage.
How is the collaboration between the JAKA Pro robots and humans carried out?
In the case of the JAKA Pro robots, the collaborative operation is performed in compliance with GB 11291.1-2011 — Chinese standards and safety requirements for robots for industrial environments.
What will I get by ordering the JAKA Pro cobot?
Apart from the robot itself, the package includes a control cabinet, tablet, power cable, and user manual. For more information, check out the product pages.
Anabelle Yearsdon
Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Feb 22, 2023
About the expert
A linguist by profession and 3D enthusiast by passion. Spirited researcher of existing and new AM technologies, inquisitive tester of various devices, and a true connoisseur of creative ways. In addition to digital manufacturing, Ana enjoys learning new things, cooking for her loved ones, and chilling in video games.

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