Information briefs for the week check out the pattern in solution-selling of cobots vs. particular person machine gross sales, Doosan’s new food-safe cobots, cobot partnering for space-saving and collision-free operation, metal plant’s four-legged security robotic, UN’s robotic provide vehicles delivering whereas in hurt’s means, and robots gobbling plastic bottles in Paris.
Resolution-selling gaining recognition
Amongst robotic and cobot distributors there’s a trending movement to sell solutions fairly than promoting particular person machines and parts.
An answer to a producing or logistics want is, in spite of everything, the logical finish recreation for patrons. They should get a job completed; exhibiting a possible buyer precisely how to do this job could be the quickest route to creating a sale.
Korean cobot vendor Doosan Robotics teamed up with Telstar-Hommel, which is a three way partnership between Korea’s Telstar Engineering and Germany’s Hommel-Wertic. Telstar-Hommel builds and provides sensible manufacturing options to automate factories into “sensible” factories.
Telstar-Hommel’s AI-powered sensible manufacturing facility platform, LINK5, along side Doosan’s cobots, gives a job-ready, full automation bundle, particularly for SMEs, which may in any other case be too complicated or be cost-prohibitive to do on their very own.
Such a partnership facilitates the method to place collectively full cobot cells for welding, screw fastening, decide and place, machine tending, and so forth. Straightforward to see the enchantment of such cost-appropriate, turn-key options to SMEs.
Doosan’s new food-safe cobots
With partnerships like Doosan-Telstar in place, cobot vendors then find it easier to expand resolution promoting to a wider vary of prospects. Doosan has lately produced a new F&B or food & beverage cobot, that’s a food-safe automation resolution for a variety of meals and beverage objects, corresponding to espresso, ice cream, fried meals, confectionery, quick meals, and barbecue cooking.
Key to the cobot’s enchantment is its contamination-resistant coating and sealed gaps between connecting axes, which helped it safe meals hygiene and security certification from a US hygiene security company.
For 2024, Doosan plans its personal proprietary AI-powered sensible manufacturing facility platform « Dart Suite », which allows simple design and sharing of features important for collaborative robotic operations.
« The E sequence was developed to handle labor shortages within the meals service business, » stated Ryu Jung-hoon, Doosan’s CEO. « We are going to keep our place because the No. 1 collaborative robotic firm in Korea by offering the most effective F&B resolution. »
Cobot options that save area
One other fashionable cobot resolution is to not solely present automation for a course of, but additionally to preserve priceless ground area for the method. As soon as once more, a partnership could be the quickest solution to implement such a functionality.
At Automate 2023, Mitsubishi and Realtime debuted how their new collaboration permits a number of robots to work in shut proximity with one another for quite a lot of functions.
The choice is time-consuming, complicated, and costly, particularly if attempting to rapidly swap a producing course of from one to a different (see video).
“Without the automated path planning and collision avoidance capabilities of the software program, integrators or finish customers must program every robotic independently and coordinate the robots’ strikes, which solely will get extra difficult if it’s essential to change robotic configurations within the cell.”
Metal plant’s four-legged security officer
It’s not laborious to think about a stainless-steel manufacturing facility being a spot the place industrial accidents appear to be a part of the job description. And when accidents do occur, they’re very critical. Iron & Steel Technology experiences: “Accident statistics of the metal business point out that metal manufacturing continues to be a harmful work atmosphere.”
In 2022, Finnish-based Outokumpu’s German facility in Krefeld, began researching the possibilities of an AI in safety management. From that preliminary search, security robotics emerged as the most effective various and “ANYbotics as the most effective provider for the robotics,” stated Thorsten Piniek, vp, well being and security in Krefeld.
The corporate signed a take care of Swiss robotics vendor ANYbotics for an autonomous robotics resolution; in June of 2023, the primary 4-legged ANYmal robotic arrived at Outokumpu’s web site.
Though it’s too early for any substantive stats on ANYmal’s deployment, Piniek says that ANYbotics’ robotics know-how will assist us to extend security by decreasing worker publicity to hazardous substances and environments, optimize manufacturing by way of preventive upkeep, and reduce environmental impacts.
In keeping with Outokumpu, using robotics may cut back human publicity to hazardous substances by 80%.
UN’s robotic vehicles to ship meals and provides
Autonomous avenue automobiles is probably not prepared for prime time on busy city streets and even in suburbia, for that matter. However in South Sudan throughout a civil struggle, with UN aid workers getting shot at and killed, autonomous vehicles will just do positive, so says Bernhard Kowatsch, who heads the innovation division on the UN’s World Food Program (WFP).
“AI-powered robotic automobiles may ship meals parcels to battle and catastrophe zones,” says Kowatsch. Early in 2024, the WFP will give it a attempt in South Sudan the place assaults in opposition to humanitarian assist employees have intensified lately. AI is used to mix information gleaned from varied sources together with satellites and sensors.
Airdrops are costly and require giant areas. As a sensible matter, to avoid wasting lives and ship ample meals and provides, robotic vehicles could also be best.
The vehicles are amphibious and may carry about 1-2 tons of meals every. As a part of the AHEAD (Autonomous Humanitarian Emergency Aid Devices) mission with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), “WFP will take a look at the autonomous vehicles early subsequent 12 months,” Kowatsch stated.
The U.N. company is already utilizing about 50 of the automobiles in South Sudan however they presently require drivers; subsequent 12 months (2024), the vehicles can be driverless.
Robots with mega urge for food for plastic bottles
There are 500 robots shredding plastic bottles all through France, on the price of 500,000 bottles a day. Since 2021, the robots have shredded over 130 million bottles.
The numbers are so spectacular that the robotic firm, known as b:bot, simply raised $22.3 million to continue its good work. “Plans are to double the scale of the robotic workforce by the top of this 12 months, develop into new markets and to tackle the recycling of cans subsequent.”
“This funding will allow us to speed up the manufacturing and roll-out of our b:bot resolution whereas persevering with our R&D effort, as innovation is a core a part of our DNA”, says Benoit Paget, president and founding father of b:bot.
“Within the face of a world rPET market [rPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephthalate] with a major development outlook however inadequate capability, b:bot goals to turn out to be a serious participant in assortment and recycling options.