HomeRoboticsWhat’s New in Robotics? 17.06.2022

What’s New in Robotics? 17.06.2022

Information briefs for the week check out Automate’s re-located, reenergized automation get together and crowd appreciation, old-line robotic distributors and their new strains of AMRs, cobots taking up complete options relatively than duties, the continued transformation of the educate pendant, Doosan’s re-think of the cobot ecosystem and “sensible” cobotics, Techman’s brand-new cobot lineup of elevated performance, and Robotiq’s evolving suite of cobot software options.



Resurgent Automate in a resurgent Detroit

Automate 2022 got here in with a powerful bang, and stayed energized—finish to finish! —for 4 action-filled days (June 6-9). It started with a contemporary new restart in its return to Detroit, opening broad its doorways to attendees wanting to see each other head to head once more.

automate2022Plenty of new and first-ever logos hung over cubicles among the many Automate regulars, whereas a lot of beginner attendees bought a first-hand take a look at what North America’s largest automation present is all about.

Automate’s profitable 2022 displaying has it now promising a good larger, higher automation get together subsequent 12 months, 2023.

Jeff Burnstein, president of the Affiliation for Advancing Automation (A3), the present’s organizer, stated: “Detroit is popping into the subsequent main expertise hub in america. That is an thrilling change for us and our exhibitors, permitting Automate to increase in measurement and expertise scope because the automation business continues its regular development. The Brookings Establishment rated Detroit #4 on a listing of the nation’s hubs for superior expertise employment.”

In two brief years

It’s additionally fascinating how rapidly issues have modified in robotics, particularly cobotics, for the reason that final Automate. Two years and one pandemic in the past, Automate in Chicago had loads of cobots performing duties, whereas displaying hardly any autonomous cellular robots or AMRs. Now, in 2022, cobots are taking up not simply activity completions however complete workflow options, whereas AMRs are seemingly in every single place and supplied from an ever-increasing vendor pool.

Simply take a look at the record of old-line robotic distributors that rolled into Detroit sporting new strains of cellular robots: KUKA, FANUC, Staubli, Yaskawa, and ABB. Why all of the sudden curiosity from decades-old robotic distributors? Logistics! An ideal storm of issues to maneuver from one place to a different has settled in for an extended keep.

One thing occurred within the transient interval between Chicago and Detroit known as “Amazon-style ecommerce,” and now everybody’s agog with same-day, next-day, and two-day deliveries, whereas, on the similar time, the numbers of little brown bins wanted to be shipped witnessed an exponential enhance. An ideal storm!

Korea-based Doosan Robotics, mixed each, placing its cobot arm atop an AMR, and had it unloading bins at its sales space.  

Doosan_booth2022These industrial cellular robots supply flexibility of switch amongst a number of workstations, whereas seamlessly enabling a cobot to maneuver from machine tending, to elements switch, to shelf choosing, warehousing, meeting, and even to common materials dealing with.

Palletizing robots are scorching lately with numerous distributors competing for enterprise. For Doosan, palletizing is only one of six new cobot configurations launched over the previous 12 months that appear to cowl a bunch of labor flows from making espresso, to the NIVA for movie/video manufacturing, to plugging in and charging electrical automobiles (EV), which goes to turn into a increasingly acquainted a sight because the EV revolution continues to quickly increase.

With the intention of working and controlling a whole ecosystem of differing robotic sorts and types, for each consultants and learners alike, Doosan additionally launched a brand new, three-part, robotic working system known as the DART Suite (see explainer video under).

Doosan is only one instance of cobots reworking from programmed, activity orientation to options orientation.

Erik Nieves, CEO and founding father of Plus One Robotics, with 25 years of expertise with Yaskawa, simply sees the cobot transitioning from duties to options. Placing a cobot to work on a single activity could relieve a bottleneck, he factors out, however the bottleneck normally simply strikes downstream to a different locale. The necessity is for an general resolution to getting the work completed relatively than addressing one bottleneck at a time.

Taiwan-based Techman Robotic, a subsidiary of Quanta Laptop, arrived with its newly upgraded TM Techman S cobot sequence that sports activities new options like mud and water resistance capabilities, plus a newly developed robotic educate pendent to make instructing and deploying robots simpler and quicker.

Techman_Robot500The subplot all through the Automate cobot story appears to be a lot of upgrades to show pendants and simplifications with person interfaces. Each Doosan and Techman did, they usually weren’t alone. Clearly, the trouble is to demystify easy methods to use a cobot for the non-expert, like many SMEs. Backside line: cobots providing complete options ring a bit hole if programming the job is herculean, costly, a visible flip off, or all three.

Whole workflow options weren’t only for cobots. Quebec-based Robotiq, well-known maker of grippers (EOATs), had its personal “complete resolution sales space” as effectively that touted palletizing, machine tending, and screwdriving (the three biggies for any and all cobots to beat). As Robotiq’s web site stresses: “Let merchandise palletize themselves” which is certainly about as TOTAL as something will get!



Beginner to Automate was Kassow Robotics (Denmark, based simply since 2019; and since 2022 majority owned by Bosch Rexroth), steveur-shotconfirmed up with a singular line of 5 7-axis cobots. Right here was one other cobot touting its “easy programming” strategies, and in addition promising that “the seventh axis allows steady shelling out, welding, and materials removing functions, no matter entry angle, with out the necessity to reorient the arm…good for limited-space retrofits.”

Denmark’s Common Robots, with its web site flashing: “One thing Large Is Coming…” had a surprising prelude at its Automate sales space to an upcoming main announcement, supposedly to be delivered at AUTOMATICA (Munich) in late June by its new president Kim Povlsen. A brand new model, they known as a prototype cobot, sat at UR’s sales space (right here photographed by The Robotic Report’s Steve Crowe). Gone is the all-too acquainted cobot from the world chief in cobots. Might this be the large reveal promised by UR?

Subsequent 12 months’s promise

Automate returns to Detroit subsequent 12 months, 2023; thereafter, it would run each two years (2025).

With the tempo of automation accelerating frequently, it will not be stunning to see new lessons of cobots and AMRs—and myriad sensors and computing and perhaps even 5G—popping up and uplifting automation to new heights.

One factor is for certain with automation; there’s by no means a uninteresting second.

Detroit 2023, be there!



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