The importance of having a turnkey solution

Process automation through collaborative mobile robotics is already a reality that, far from stagnating, will continue. However, there are still many companies that are reluctant to include these new technologies in their facilities for several reasons. The main argument is that these robots are not safe yet, they are not simple to use to justify their implementation. This means, that they understand that these systems are not able yet to completely replace the capacity of an operator. In fact, it is not a question of replacing the operator, they only are a working tool. This will help to perform heavy and very mechanical tasks. On the other hand, their use in numerous industrial environments, that transport loads within factories and warehouses, prove their effectiveness.

Besides that, the Collaborative Mobile Robotics (CMR) offers unprecedented flexibility: they can work in several areas. In general, it is not necessary to adapt the installations of the customer with fixed physical elements (for example: beacons, magnetic tape or magnets). This is all possible, thanks to these robots make use of autonomous navigation, an evolution compared to the old AVGS (Automatic Guided Vehicle). This is achieved by the build-in safety lasers.

The latter, the AGVS, need markings or physical conductors in the ground that limit their movement through other spaces and these often deteriorate over time. The flexibility of the Collaborative Mobile Robots results in a total investment. This means that a collaborative project for mobile robotics is much more affordable compared to some old automation in an industrial factory.

Robotnik is founded in 2002 and already introduced robots for logistics applications in 2008. This provides the confidence to cover turnkey projects of these characteristics. Keep in mind that the Robotnik solution is a comprehensive solution that includes: robot fleet, location systems, user interface (HMI) and Fleet Management System (SGF). These are all Robotnik's own developments, that is a technology designed and executed by our Engineering Department.

Collaborative Mobile Robots are present and they will be the future, that is for sure.


The Robotnik’s CEO at ROS Developers Podcast

Ricardo Tellez, the founder of The Constuct, the leader online academy to learn development with ROS for robots, in his podcast "ROS Developers Podcast" has interviewed Roberto Guzman, CEO of Robotnik.

In the podcast, Roberto Guzman told about how to speed up a robot building by using certified ROS components and how easy he feels that is to transfer results from simulation to real robot.

In this podcast also you can find the opinion from the Robotnik's CEO about ROSCON and IROS events and ROS-Industrial, among others.

You can listen it here.


Robotnik, the solution for interior logistics according to Interempresas.net

Interempresas.net has published the article today: Robotnik lanza su website para logística interior.

The number one platform of the Spanish language industry highlights the advantages of collaborative robots for SMEs and the integral solution offered by Robotnik Logistics. They say Robotnik Logistics that contains the solution and portfolio of collaborative mobile robots for internal transport tasks.

Interempresas.net does not forget to mention Robotnik's extensive real-world deployment experience since the first collaborative mobile robot that the company launched was in 2008 for autonomous transport in hospital environments.

Collaborative mobile robots help to obtain maximum efficiency for companies in their work processes by transporting goods indoors, thus optimizing repetitive, tedious and / or dangerous logistics tasks.

 


The European project Bots2ReC aims the removal of asbestos from old buildings

 

Bots2Rec robots will reduce time and expense, in addition to minimizing human exposure to asbestos.

​The aim of Bots2reC is to validate a process for the automatic elimination of asbestos contamination in the rehabilitation of buildings. Nowadays, asbestos is present in many old buildings in Europe, although today it's prohibited because it's considered toxic. To do this removal work, a mobile robot manipulator with abrasive and suction tools is used. Its implementation will allow to reduce the cost and the time of the process as well as minimize human exposure to this construction material.

Robotnik and other six partners participate in this EU Horizon 2020 project.

More info:

Press

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20180711/45833031849/expertos-crean-un-robot-autonomo-para-desmantelar-estructuras-de-amianto.html

https://innovadores.larazon.es/es/not/un-robot-autonomo-para-desmantelar-estructuras-de-amianto


Robotnik helps improve the autonomy of people with disabilities through the AIDE project

The main objective of the AIDE project is to contribute to the improvement of the user-technology interface in order to increase the degree of independence of the user.

Coordinated by the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), Nicolás García, and finance by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union. The program involves institutions and companies from Italy, Germany, Great Britain and Spain , including Robotnik, which has collaborated in the design and manufacture of the Summit-XL STEEL mobile robot and that is the basis of the robotic wheelchair on which the project is centered.

Specifically, it is a wheelchair that through sensors is able to move autonomously or controlled by the user. The chair incorporates an exoskeleton, a robotic arm coupled to the arm and hand, which has sensors that facilitate mobility to the user, enabling him to grab and move objects.

The novelty of this robotic application is that it allows people with different degrees of disability to recover movements to eat, drink and wash, as well as move and improve communication with family and friends, using standard Internet services such as email, Skype, WhatsApp and social networks.

The AIDE system is a project of the European Horizon 2020 program and has been evaluated by 17 people with different degrees of disability at the Cedar Foundation in Belfast (United Kingdom) with excellent results.

 

 


Warehousing, fulfillment and DC transformation trends by Frank Tobe

Robohub recognizes the Robotnik's contribution to the logistics market with its collaborative mobile robots.

Warehousing, fulfillment and DC transformation trends by Frank Tobe →

  

 

 


The profit of collaborative robots for SME’s

The 4.0 industry is a challenge for all the companies now. However, a lot of them are SMEs that can’t invest in complex robots to improve its productivity. For these companies, robotics sector has a solution: collaborative robots (cobots). Within this context, Collaborative Mobile Robots (CMR) become a great tool to workers in logistics tasks.

Why CMR are the solution?

At this moment, industries are ready for the CMR, because their installations don’t need practically to modify its environment (layout). There are different localization solutions available and all of them are easy to set up.

In fact, the installation only takes few days, and the operator does not need to have any special programming experience.

As CMR are appropriate to share the workspace with people, SMEs don’t need a large floor space. CMR are small, don’t need protection cages and can coexist several types of robots in the same installation.

For all these reasons, collaborative robotics technology is accessible to all the companies, SME’s included (since the economic impact is greater than in other bigger industries).

It makes no sense that one operator makes repetitive and dangerous tasks when it can be done by a mobile robot. A person can add more value to a company than a robot. Take advantage of it!

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Guiding Spanish robotic technology towards global markets

Enterprise Europe Network recognises our contribution to the mobile robotics sector. Thank you for your support!

 

More info here.


Premio Robotnik al mejor trabajo fin de máster en robótica 2017

Alcalá de Henares, 28 nov (EFE).- Sergio García Gonzalo, alumno de la Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), ha recibido el Premio Robotnik al Mejor Trabajo Fin de Máster en Robótica 2015-2017, otorgado por la Sociedad Española para la Investigación y Desarrollo en Robótica (SEIDROB), por un proyecto en el que desarrolla técnicas que permiten a un 'drone' localizarse de forma autónoma en el interior de un edificio desconocido.

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Collaborative Robots for Logistics

Since 2002, Robotnik is specialized in the development of products and R&D projects in the field of service robotics.

Robotnik offers at its portfolio different mobile platforms and mobile manipulators for logistics. These kind of autonomous robots are suitable for warehouses, optimizing the productive proccess. All of them are collaborative platforms, appropiate to share the work space with people.

The main advantages of them are:

  • Free navigation
  • Goes around obstacles and finds new routes without getting stuck
  • Rapid Installation, don’t require infrastructure
  • Different localization solutions available
  • Some intelligence: allows applications as follow a person and autonomous charge

At this moment, Robotnik has the following mobile robots for logistics: RB-KAIROS, SUMMIT XL-STEEL, RB-2 BASE, RB-SHERPA, AGVS and RB-1 BASE. All of them integrate the Robotnik Fleet Management System.

The Robotnik FMS is the last iteration in the continuous development of tools to manage and coordinate a fleet of robots. Robots developing logistic tasks have to be coordinated using different scheduling policies and taking into account the management of shared resources, interfacing with warehouse systems, receiving transport missions from different sources (ERP, operators, etc…) or triggering such orders based on internal pre-programmed rules, assigning tasks to each subsystem and monitoring the fleet in real time.