OnRobot Screwdriver: headache-free, screwdriving simplicity

OnRobot Screwdriver

Depending on who you ask to define the word, a 'screwdriver' is either a manual tool that enables fastening of screws or a cocktail featuring vodka and orange juice.


Both can cause headaches, but for very different reasons.


Traditionally, manual screwdriving has been regarded as a significant cause of production floor dissatisfaction. It's a repetitive, boring, time-consuming, and injury-prone manual labor that workers don't enjoy and manufacturers find difficult to keep filled.


Even the most conscientious workers are prone to missing screw insertions and over- or under-tightening screws, all of which leads to quality issues and product scrap.


Manual screwdriving inefficiencies can cause disruption to production lines, too, since it often takes place close to other up- and down-stream processes. It's a recipe for failure.


All of the above factors make screwdriving an ideal candidate for automation, particularly, collaborative automation.


Traditional approaches

Unfortunately, automated screwdriving has a reputation for being difficult to implement and has lacked the flexibility associated with collaborative robot implementations.


Consider a traditional automated screwdriving setup, which typically involves a standalone screwdriver.


First, you have to figure out how to present the screws to your screwdriver. Some setups shoot screws to the screwdriver's head. These solutions are complex and can be inflexible and most of all expensive—especially if you need to change the size of the screws at any time. Alternatively, you could present the screws via suction or magnetic feeder, which can also result in expensive and inflexible setups.


Next, you have to figure out how to mount the screwdriver on a robot arm. Then you have to choose a controller and linear rail. If a force/torque sensor isn't built into the robot, then one has to be found and mounted for it to control the correct torque needed to achieve consistent and right quality. Next, all of these components have to be integrated.


After all that comes the programming. This requires you to calculate speed and torque, create code for both the tool and the robot arm, and follow up with full calibration and testing.


These are time-consuming tasks that are easy to get lost in. They also involve costly robot downtime.


If traditional automated screwdriving solutions were cocktails, they would be a Commonwealth—a notoriously complex novelty creation with 71 ingredients that's way too involved for most peoples' tastes.


Meet OnRobot Screwdriver

At OnRobot, we believe in eliminating complexity and replacing it with simple, intuitive tools that anyone can use.


So, what's our recipe for automated screwdriving success?


OnRobot Screwdriver

Meet OnRobot Screwdriver—a plug and play, complete-out-of-the-box screwdriving solution that allows manufacturers to automate screwdriving processes quickly, easily, and flexibly.


Screwdriver eliminates all the complexity associated with traditional automated screwdriving setups.


The process is simplicity itself: you simply put screws in the available feeder, attach Screwdriver to your robot, enter the screw length and torque requirements through an intuitive interface, and you’re ready to get going. Screwdriver also works on any robot.


Using its built-in force/torque sensing and linear motion control, Screwdriver automatically calculates the speed and force required to enable consistent, accurate screwdriving. Its ability to detect incorrect screw lengths reduces scrap and improves quality.


Thanks to Screwdriver's simple programming interface, you can change over to a different screw size, length, or product line in a matter of minutes. Screwdriver also easily handles a wide range of screw sizes and lengths, from M1.6 to M6, and up to 50mm long.


Uniquely, Screwdriver incorporates a “z-axis,” which eliminates the need for the robot arm to move when screwing and the extra programming associated with traditional automated screwdriving offerings. Instead, screws are retracted inside the tool and are driven automatically once the robot arm moves into position over the insertion point.


Screws up to 35mm long are retracted completely inside Screwdriver when moving, which enhances its collaborative capabilities. If a screw is exposed to excessive force along its axis, a safety stop is automatically activated, with alert lighting to indicate the issue.


Electrostatic discharge (ESD)-certified so it is safe for electronic assembly, OnRobot Screwdriver also copes well with small parts and, when used correctly, applies 'just right' forces around delicate components.


In today's competitive environment, manufacturers are constantly searching for ways to increase output, consistency, and quality. When it comes to automation in particular, manufacturers want simple, intuitive solutions that are easy to implement and improve uptime.


OnRobot Screwdriver provides all of this and more—minus the headaches, of course.


Want to find out more about Screwdriver? Click here for the product page and to talk to one of our experts.


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This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.


Website and Cookie

  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

  • According to the Cookie Act, OnRobot must have the user’s consent to use this software on the user’s equipment. On The company’s intranet or similar closed group, the rules in the E-data protection directive do not apply.


Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.


OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.


OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.


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