New Kinova MICO arm

A new era in robotic manipulation has begun: thus presents MICO Research Edition, the new robotic arm from Kinova Inc., which is distributed by Robotnik.

This lightweight manipulator is the perfect choice for a multitude of service robotics applications, especially in mobile manipulation applications. The little brother of JACO give the opportunity to many roboticists to evolve personal robotics, enabling them to be more creative than ever.

MICO makes movements quietly and very gently thanks to its 6 degrees of freedom with unlimited rotation on each axis. The carbon fiber structure provides optimal strength and durability. The clip consists of 2 fingers that can be controlled individually.

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X-WAM - The new mobile manipulator concept

Barrett Technology and Robotnik launch onto the market the new X-WAM, a mobile manipulator with an integrated scissor mechanism that allows to increase the workspace enormously compared with the traditional kinematic configuration. The omnidirectional platform adds a new vertical linear axis that increases the arm workspace allowing to perform pick and place handling operations from the floor up to 2 meter height.  The omnidirectional platform includes also a suspension system and the indpendant motorwheels allow to mount different rim-mount wheels thus allowing omnidirectional mecanum wheels (indoor), as rubber-foam wheels (outdoor and indoor).

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SUMMIT-XLXL OMNI robot shows its abilities

The mobile platform SUMMIT-XL Omni has high mobility thanks to its (1) independent suspension, (2) independent drives, and (3) omni-directional treads at each of its wheels. Its abilities are showed in  this video.

Robotnik, 10 years of experiencie in the service robotics sector

Robotnik, a leading company in the Service Robotics sector, has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company, of 100% Valencian origin and capital, focuses its professional activity on product development and the provision of engineering and R&D services in Robotics.

After ten years of experience, Robotnik has managed to consolidate itself as a reference company both nationally and internationally. Currently, Robotnik exports its own manufactured products, mainly autonomous mobile robots, to several countries in Europe, Asia and America. This commitment to internationalization has resulted in a new milestone for Robotnik: for the first time, export sales have exceeded those made in the domestic market.

Robotnik, 10 years of experiencie in the service robotics sector

Since the start of the company in 2002, there have been several highlights in the company's history. In 2004, Robotnik began a line of collaboration with universities, research centers and European companies thanks to its participation in the 6th EU Framework Programme. The European projects RESCUER and MASMICRO allowed the development of several of the company's first mobile platforms and opened a line of research that continues today.

Within this area, the design and implementation of the AGVS platform is especially noteworthy. Roberto Guzmán, CEO and founding partner of Robotnik, explains "The AGVS autonomous robot is, without a doubt, one of our most ambitious projects. This platform is intended for the autonomous transport of goods in the intra-hospital environment, which is a great help to health personnel in a basically mechanical work".

In 2005, Robotnik takes a new step in the diversification of its business activity by signing collaboration agreements with leading international companies in the robotics sector such as Barrett Technology and Schunk. Subsequently, these agreements will be extended to companies such as Kinova, Shadow and Aldebaran Robotics.

Robotnik is currently participating in six projects of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, an area where the company has extensive experience. Rafael López, R&D Director and founding partner of Robotnik, explains that "this collaboration allows us to be in contact with our European partners in the sector, updating our know-how, something absolutely essential in a sector such as technology. In addition, participation in these R&D projects has allowed us to take advantage of this research work to launch new products on the market.

Robotnik's future prospects are for growth and include continuing to evolve in the current markets of activity, as well as reaching new sectors within the Service Robotics, "this market is expected to reach, worldwide, 40,000 million dollars in 2015," says Roberto Guzmán.

Robotnik: Leader in the Robotic logistics sector

On the 14th of June the newspaper "El Mundo" published a three page spread of the important agreement recently reached between Robotnik and the Valencian General Government. Under that agreement Robotnik will provide  The Hospital La Fe in Valencia with six auto-guided robots that will transport - among other hospital goods - pharmaceuticals and residual products.

The robots, known as AGVS will enable the Hospital to optimize resources while reducing time spent distributing them throughout the hospital. The robots perform logistical work and transport goods to and from trucks automatically. The machines will be dedicated to repetitive high speed transporting along predetermined routes, transport of goods is uninterrupted and does not require the assistance of human workers.

This important agreement shows the prominence of Robotnik in current innovation, positioning it as a leading company in the world of service robotics.