INJEROBOTS for solving horticultural problems in grafting seedlings

INJEROBOTS is an innovative beginning in the automation of grafting seedlings. The european project aims the development of a complete and integrated robotic solution in the horticultural field.

The project forms part of the European Coordination Hub of Open Robotics Development (ECHORD ++) funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).

Robotnik with the support of Tecnova and Ingro Maquinaria will work together to develop the robotics system. Robotnik is responsable for the communication and extending of the advanced capabilities of ROS software.

The system

The robotic system will undertake automated processes with different species of plants by using an industrial dual arm robot for grafting and machine visión for analytics and quality control of the system operating. The objective is to develop a flexible and universal system for automated graft seedlings, based on anthropomorphic robots.

The application

The development will consist of two robots with artificial vision system. They will work independently and in perfect coordination, and the grip will provide an accurate and precise development. Once the rootstock and the stem of the plant are subjected, they will be displaced in a coordinated manner to an area where two automatic knives will rid of non-useful parts, like the bottom in the seedling stem and top of the seedling located on the rootstock. After cutting, each of the robots will accurately move the stem and rootstock to a common point for assembly. Following this and as a final step, one of the robots, or both, will deposited on a new tray.

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The aim

INJEROBOTS will be a robotic solution with the introduction of new equipment and techniques to solve horticultural problems and needs of plant nurseries and farmers. This experiment will improve the performance and efficiency and reduce costs and human labour involved.


XXXVII Jornadas de Automática 2016

Last Friday, September 9, Robotnik gave the awards at the closing ceremony of the XXXVII edition of the Jornadas de Automática. As every year, Robotnik has sponsored the prizes awarded by the GTROB, awarded to "The Best Doctoral Thesis on Robotics" and "Best Poster robotics".

These seminars were held on 7,8 and 9 September in the University City of Madrid with the participation and organization of the 4 universities (UCM, UNED, UPM, UC3M) and the CSIC.


SUMMIT XL STEEL in action

SUMMIT-XL STEEL is a mobile robotic platform for application development (logistics, indoor transport, surveillance, etc.). It has a robust design and can carry up to 130 Kg payload.

Take a look to the mobile platform in movement on the following link:

The STEEL version of the SUMMIT-XL  is based on ROS and can incorporate a wide variety of lidars, structures, manipulators and others customizations.

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Dimensiones SUMMIT XL STEEL

Find more information about SUMMIT-XL STEEL.

 


Robotnik in Automática 2016

Robotnik is in the 7th International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics, Automatica 2016.

AUTOMATICA is the leading trade fair for industrial automation and mechatronics. Four-day show for more than 30,000 visitors from professional robotics and all branches of industry.

Robotnik will be in the service robotics area showing the new RB-1, the RB-1 BASE, the manipulator G-BALL and our flagship SUMMIT XL. Find us in Hall B4, stand 505!

20th June, 2016

We've arrive to Munich! Booth prepared, we are ready for AUTOMATICA 2016!

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21th June, 2016

09:00 am

Automatica starts! Come and join us in Hall B4, stand 505, where we will be happy to assist you!

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First movings and visitors! Getting excited!
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11:30 am
RB-1 a great interest for our visitors!
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12:30 pm
Are you interested on Service Robotics? Do you have an engineering project in mind?
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01:00 pm
RB-1 BASE moves incredibly around the hall. Are you interested in a mobile platform for yours logistics plans? Do you want to automate your warehouse? Are you looking for a great versatile indoor platform? Get more information about it. The future about the robotics automation is here.

22th June, 2016

Second day starts!

Today we are happy to receive the manipulator robot from Project CARLoS. This robot is based on the G-BALL manipulator robot.

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Explaining projects. AdvanRobot is shown in AUTOMATICA for first time. AdvanRobot is a mobile and autonomous RFID system that performs automatically the inventory of a given space, for instance, a retail store or low-ceiling warehouse. It provides a higher RFID inventory accuracy than handheld readers.

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Many visitors are coming to solve their questions and know all about the capabilities of our robots.

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Do you want to know more about the projects we are involved? Do you have a project idea? Come to our booth and get the information you are looking for.

ROBO-SPECT, RADIO Project, I-Support and BOTS2REC are some of the latest projects.

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24th June 2016

Last day in Automatica!

It has been a pleasure! Many people from around the world have come to visit us and we have a great time there!

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Our mobile manipulator RB-1 has been well received by the public and we are so happy! :D

See one of the videos that have been made to this magnificent robot while walking around the fair.

Thank you for coming!

 


ROBOTNIK will be in AUTOMATICA 2016

Robotnik will attend the 7th International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics, Automatica 2016. AUTOMATICA is the leading trade fair for industrial automation and mechatronics. It is a four-day show that will give to specialists and executives a comprehensive look at the latest developments in automation.

Robotnik will be in the service robotics area showing the new RB-1, the RB-1 BASE, the manipulator G-BALL and our flagship SUMMIT XL.

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The event will be in Munich, Germany, June 21 - 24, 2016, and will be located at the Messe München exhibition center. On behalf of the entire team of Robotnik, you are invited to come and join us in Hall B4, stand 505, where we will be happy to assist you!
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VISIT US!

Read our invitation to AUTOMATICA 2016!


Robotnik obtains the Innovative SME Seal from the Economy Ministry

This recongnition shows the innovative philosophy of the company

The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) has awarded to Robotnik with the Innovative SME Seal, a recognition that accredits the innovative imprint of the company. In Robotnik, the innovation is an intrinsic part of our company philosophy, which is reflected in the 15% of the annual investment around this area.

The improvement in work processes, the translation to the market of new products and services and the upgrading and optimization of the existing ones are clearly signs of the innovation presence at Robotnik. Some notable examples are the mobile manipulator RB-1 and the RB-1 BASE platform.

Robotnik is leader in Service Robotics, a sector in constant evolution and in which is essential to be at the forefront of technology.


Robotics in Harsh Environments

In the field of hostile conditions, space is often considered as the harsh environment at its height. However, it’s not necessary to go so far away to find out other situations with such extreme conditions like high temperatures, freezing cold (for example arctic missions), humidity, high pressure level (like in oceanic trench), reduced accessibility (in pipelines for example) or every risk in relation with CBRN field.

To begin with, let’s talk about the CBRN (Chemical – Biological - Radiological - Nuclear) defence, and more precisely, how unmanned defence robotics can be profitable, even essential to human beings. First, it can be used to reduce human labour, because it is too dangerous and/or expensive. Then, a robot can be useful to achieve some tasks just impossible to complete by a human operator. Indeed, this kind of application can take place in an accidentally contaminated scenario (like a nuclear disaster) but also in an intentionally contaminated scenario (like a terrorist act or the use of biologic weapon). In short, the more the environment presents a threat, the more unmanned specialised robots come on stage. The following pictures show the RESCUER CBRN robot developed by Robotnik, in its two kinematic configurations and the tests done in a CBRN intervention mission with real radiological samples for the Spanish UME (Military Emergency Unit). The most remarkable capability of this platform besides its high mobility, is that is has been designed for decontamination, i.e. the complete mobile manipulator is IP67 waterproof.

 

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Nevertheless, there are some foreseen and planned events where specialised robots in CBRN environment have their role to play. For example, in case of a nuclear reactor dismantling, to use a robot presents a real interest compared to sending human operators. Assuming that a human would be allowed to operate in such a dangerous environment, without hazard to his life, this option would be very tiring (full protective clothing), time-consuming, poorly performing, dangerous and expensive.

During the European Robotics Forum 2016, Thomas Vögele, from the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen, and Joël Vanden Bosch, from Cybernetix, presented some concept strategies and lessons learned to develop a robot well suited for harsh environment. In order to improve the reliability, it is very important to start from scratch with a new simple design concept, with intrinsically robust technologies instead of working from a conventional model without many improvement possibilities. In the same way, the hardware and software, even if it has been tested many times, should not be considered at its peak but a part that must be improved, among other things in order to make the robot more reliable and smarter. Besides, the team has to know what to expect, that is to say, a very long development phase, to reach the commercial stage, where a strong partnership is essential with the end-users, to fully understand the need and to be sure to go on the right track. Furthermore, a big effort is necessary in the test phase, which has to be thorough. Indeed, designing and sizing a robot in the classic way, with common materials or without redundancy for example, can be sufficient for a normal environment, but far too little in harsh conditions. That’s why it can be necessary to develop a full scale model to focus the trials and if possible, to integrate risk management in the development strategy. In fact, the reliability of the robot is even more important due to the high difficulty of a recovery mission in case of system damage in a hazardous environment. And to finish with, another key point in the development success is getting a training centre and a 3D virtual reality simulation room to constantly improve the system.

Robotic intervention in harsh environments is a growing sector with potential health and environmental risks associated and where the improvement is an absolute necessity. Likewise, it requires much more efforts, resources and the environment knowledge to successfully develop a robot for harsh environments, but holding all the cards, there is no reason to hesitate to go with robots where humans don’t go anymore.


BOTS2REC, robotic system for the automated removal of asbestos contamination

Bots2Rec project is a robotic system used for the automated removal of asbestos contamination. It will consist of multiple mobile robotic units that perform the asbestos-removal-tasks autonomously. Each unit consists of a mobile platform and robotic arm with an abrasive tool. The combination of optical and radar sensor systems will allow the environmental perception and local monitoring of the asbestos-removal-tasks.

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Robotnik contributes to the project with its knowledge and expertise regarding design, integration, control and navigation of mobile platforms and robotic arms, especially for harsh environments.

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Project's web


ROBOTNIK will be in the ERF 2016

On 21 March, Robotnik will be present at the "European Robotics Forum 2016" organized by euRobotics. The event stands as a meeting point for researchers, engineers and industry players. The forum, which will take place on 21, 22 and 23 of March in Ljubljana (Slovenia), is one of the most relevant for the European robotics community. About 500 experts from across Europe will present their strategies to maximize the benefits of robotics in the economy and European society for the coming years.

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Robotnik, company specialized in mobile service robotics, is exhibiting at the ERF, where it will show robots like the mobile platform SUMMIT XL.

On behalf of the entire Robotnik team, you are invited to come join us in the Cankarjev Dom (stand number V-12).

We will be happy to assist you!

Press release February 2016.

 


Robotnik sponsors one more year the national awards of the GTROB

Robotnik, partner of the CEA group (Spanish Automatics Committee), will give the GTROB AWARDS during the XXXVII Jornadas de Automática de Madrid, in September 2016.

The prizes awarded will be the ROBOTNIK National Award for Best Doctoral Thesis on Robotics valued at 900 euros, and the award for Best Poster/Communication presented at the Conference on Automatic, valued at 300 euros.
More information about the awards GTROB

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