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Why Robots?

The speakers at last year's Robotiq User Conference set the tone for cobots for the whole year.

This year's event is very much based on giving attendees practical experience with the newest collaborative robotic technology.

Following on from last year's success, we're cramming in as much expert insight as we can in the form of panel discussions with experts and cobot users.

This panel brings together cobot users at different stages of their deployment journey, from people who are thinking 'I don't want to use cobots right now' right up to people who are saying 'I've got hundreds of cobots deployed in our factories already.'

The company specializes in equipping manufacturers with CNC machining, cobot systems integration, control panel building, and equipment assembly.

He helped drive the introduction of the 1st collaborative robot into P&G over 5 years ago and the program now boasts over 150 arms globally.

The panel of cobot distributors and experts will discuss business models and best practices, ultimately attempting to answer the question: Should you do-it-yourself with cobots or use a system integrator?

1 cobot integrator in Quebec, Revtech specializes in the integration of custom robotic systems including industrial robots, cobot, and mobile robots.

They are a prime mover in flexible automation and work closely with educational and research institutions to implement the latest technology.

Through his extensive keynote speaking, blogging and debates, he feels a strong obligation to disseminate his conviction that technology and innovation hold the key for a common greater future.

With all this amazing expertise in the room, we expect to learn a great deal about the challenges and solutions to achieve successful cobot integrations, no matter what stage you are at in your deployment journey.

This is due to the huge enthusiasm we've received for the event and the fact that we want to be able to provide a quality event for everyone (by 'quality' here we mean a perfect balance of information, ambience, workshops, and time), … ...

Callaghan Innovation

Electronics manufacturer Nautech is celebrating 30 years in business this year, but longevity hasn’t made the company complacent.

Who wants to insert 20,000 small screws into one product, every month?” Callaghan Innovation’s Phil Anderson, Business Innovation Advisor for Manufacturing and Niche, says the initial resistance to robots often disappears when employees realise the ‘cobots’ complement the human workforce and can be used to reduce monotonous or risky tasks.

These robots have been designed to work alongside employees and they can reduce repetitive strain and accidental injuries by automating dirty, dull or dangerous tasks.” Nautech now employs less assembly staff but more technicians and engineers.

Even while the company was growing at 20 - 30 per cent per year, it was adding very few new staff due to the efficiencies it was gaining in its automated manufacturing processes.

“If we could keep the robot busy 24 hours a day every workday, it would be more like six months.” The costs and time involved with deploying robots in manufacturing had led Callaghan Innovation to offer one-month trials of a higher-capacity UR5 robot to New Zealand companies considering placing collaborative robots alongside their human workforce.

“We now know the robotic arm could work for the business but we didn’t have the risk of wasted expenditure that would have come from buying and experimenting with own robotic arm only to find it wasn’t a good fit.” For Nautech, a Callaghan Innovation-sponsored Student Grant helped accelerate its robotics programme.

“Whilst many New Zealand companies are struggling with how to begin ‘Industry 4.0’ adoption, this clearly shows how to de-risk employment and leverage new skills.” For more complex automation solutions, companies can talk to experts in Callaghan Innovation’s Research and Technical Services (RTS) team.

“Our scientists and researchers have expertise that spans vision guided robots, mobile robots, autonomous robots and robot operating systems, mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering, software design, pneumatics and hydraulics, data acquisition and sensor integration.” Past examples of RTS projects include an automated solution for Sanford that integrates machine vision, robotic and sensing technologies to efficiently process and open mussels, and an advanced robotic-based solution with Ovine Automation which performs critical steps in the lamb de-skinning process, including cuts and clearing.

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The ROBO index is now used as a performance benchmark for funds and market growth and financial institutions use it as a basis for exchange-traded funds, also known as ETFs.

“Our mission remains the same as it was five years ago—to provide investors turnkey access to the transformative power of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence,” said Travis Briggs, CEO ofROBO GlobalUS.

The increased investor appetite for exposure to robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (RAAI) stocks is reflected in the size of the ETF, which crossed $2.08 billion in assets under management in September 2018.

The fund, which has delivered a 68.85% cumulative return since inception, invests in 87 top robotics, automation and AI companies across the globe.

“The reason we invest in the ETF is the high active share which utilizes in-depth research which is implemented in a particular way,” said Michael Venuto, chief investment officer at TOROSO Investments.

Those enabling technologies include sensors, processors, machine vision, computing, AI and actuation, which is a set of components that allow robots to move.

The robots — 16 inches tall and almost 320 pounds — can move at 5 mph, hauling packages that weigh up to 698 pounds.

Jeremie Capron, director of research at ROBO Global, moderated a panel discussion on emerging trends in robotics and asked what the future holds for robotics given the rapid pace of change in the field as well as in associated areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“One way to accelerate robot development is to create robots that can build themselves — and reconfigure themselves into whatever shape is best for performing the task at hand,” said well-known roboticist Daniela Rus, the director of MIT’s groundbreaking Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).

Rus predicted that we will soon be able to create smaller, more sophisticated cells that can assemble themselves into a snakelike robot that can slither through small places, then reassemble itself into a slinky that can climb stairs.

Robotics Applications

Smart, flexibile, collaborative robots (cobots) will change the face of productivity and manufacturing in Australia.

However, in fields where new models are introduced frequently at intervals of a few months, automation is considered difficult despite demand for robotisation, in terms of both preparation period and cost-effectiveness.

The new “duAro” collaborative robot area of motion is the same as that of a person, with motions similar to those of human arms and independent movements for each arm, made possible because of its dual-arm configuration.

Successful JEC World 2019 for Broetje-Automation

06.08.2019 Minimized Risks - Increased Quality and Throughput thanks to End-to-End Process Automation Composite manufacturing is on the threshold of industrial mass production.

As a result, many companies have developed a juxtaposition of highly automated production processes and manual processing steps that leads to imbalances in throughput, quality and efficiency.

Broetje-Automation has taken care of these interfaces and developed a simple solution that allows a significant improvement in performance and a significant increase in the degree of automation with little effort.

The automatic sorting and kitting system manages with up to 25% less working space and thus saves space on the shopfloor for other production steps in the necessary but costly clean rooms.

››  Relieve Workers of Monotonous Work and Deploy them more Efficiently and Intelligently The digital process monitoring generated with the aid of a digital twin - a parallel computer simulation of component and system - also minimizes errors, increases process reliability and thus eliminates risks - especially those arising from monotonous, less demanding manual activities.

The component documentation, which is often done on paper today, is no longer necessary, and the data obtained can also be used for further optimization of the component and production process - fully documented and thus ideal for safety-critical industries such as the aerospace industry.

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