Robotnik puts its technology at the service of the COVID-19 health crisis

In the current world crisis caused by COVID-19, and foreseeably in other future ones with similar characteristics that we are facing, health and non-health personnel are exposed to direct contact with infected patients. The COVID-19 virus has an infection capacity more than 3 times greater than the 1918 Spanish flu. Despite security measures, only in Spain more than 13% of health personnel have been infected in this first wave of the pandemic.

In this context, the use of robotic systems reduces the contact of these personnel with patients or, also, non-health personnel, keeping them away from risk areas to carry out their services. Robots can help automate many of the tasks that are performed on a daily basis in a hospital: cleaning, disinfection, communication with the patient, transport of food, transport of patients, telemedicine (temperature measurements, blood pressure, oximetry, etc. ...) as well as many others, which significantly reduces the risk of all personnel.

Robotnik has extensive experience in the development and supply of logistics robots, as well as modular robots with the ability to mount different "loads" or modules that can be used in environments with nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological contamination. This technology can be applied almost immediately for many of the applications already specified, using robots as the first separation barrier against viruses and thus helping to protect workforce.

In the specific case of the telemedicine module, Robotnik is participating in the European project ENDORSE. This project aims to validate the integration of an electronic diagnostic module (equipped with non-invasive sensors) in a mobile robot base from Robotnik, so that it can serve as a direct interface to obtain the patient's status remotely.

The fight against COVID-19 is a global fight and helping to combat this pandemic must be a joint commitment of all the social agents, who have to make their contribution in the different areas to the best of their ability.


ID Logistics bets on for the Collaborative Mobile Robots with Robontik's solutions

The SUMMIT-XL STEEL model works in the facilities of the logistics company facilitating the tasks of the operators.

The objective is the automation of the transport of materials in their processes of picking and preparation of orders in the e-commerce sector. The application includes autonomous transport from the point of collection of items to the preparation and shipping area. In addition, there is a tracking mode in which the Collaborative Mobile Robot (CMR) follows the operator while collecting. Once when it is completed, the robot returns autonomously to the unloading area.

The Collaborative Mobile Robot automates a task that is repetitive and tedious, which ultimately results in an optimization of the work processes and, therefore, a better result. Thanks to the user interface, which is developed by Robotnik, the operator can interact with the robot in a very easy way through a touch screen. SUMMIT-XL STEEL has a robust design that allows it to support loads of up to 250 kg. For industrial applications of freight transport in indoor environments, such as warehouses or factories, Robotnik offers a solution that includes the fleet of robots itself, the Fleet Management System and the user interface (HMI). This enables the final customer to control their collaborative robots in a very easy, fast and effective way.

Robotnik's Collaborative Mobile Robots, which work together with people with full security in work environments, making possible a fast and flexible start-up. Autonomous navigation is used with security lasers, so it is not necessary to install external physical elements (beacons, magnetic tapes, etc.).


What is SWARM Logistics Assistant?

SWARM Logistics Assistant comes up from H2020 CPSwarm project. In it, Robotnik contributes with its knowledge in Cyber Phisical Systems. Robotnik has large experience in ROS, software used by all their robots, furthermore in the simulation software. The project has several mobile platforms from Robotnik, which are working to supporting the workers in tedious tasks in a warehouse.

The robots also make a scanner of the warehouse work space and share this information to updating the data base in real time. Likewise, the robots also collect additional information related to matters such as the ambient temperature, the presence of human beings, the detection of obstacles along the way, etc.

In the following video you can see the feasibility and effectiveness of the project:

 

 


Mobile manipulators for industry: the future is now

Industry 4.0 has opened the way to multiple forms of automation that aim to optimize productivity and improve work processes.

There are many companies, of different sizes, that already have different collaborative robots, that is, those that are designed to share with people a work environment with total security. The mobile manipulators (robot arm onboard a mobile robot) are the next step after the collaborative arms (cobots) and the collaborative mobile robots (CMR).

To fit in an industrial environment, a mobile manipulator must comply with several features:

  • Must be able to work with people safely
  • Must be autonomous
  • Not too expensive in setup time.
  • Easy setup and installation
  • Robustness and cycle time

In the industrial field, autonomous mobile manipulators can perform repetitive or heavy tasks. Among their tasks may be picking up and transporting goods.

Robotnik has been established as a European reference company in mobile service robotics. We provide a reliable solution that integrates robots, localization systemsconfiguration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS).

We have large experience in mobile manipulation, being partners of companies like Universal Robots, Schunk, Kinova or Barrett Technology. We have several products as RB-1, XL-GEN or RB-Kairos. The last one,  RB-Kairos integrates a UR5 arm from Universal Robots, one of the most established arms in the industry worldwide. In this sense, RB-Kairos is  suitable for the development of industrial tasks.

 


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.

 


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 →

  

 

 


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.


AGVS: a new platform for intrahospital logistics with ROS

Robotnik has just launched to the market its AGVS platform with ROS architecture. It is an autonomous robot designed to transport logistics inside a hospital. The software of AGVS includes simulation and control packages in different work environments, maps generation, localization and route definition.

AGVS mobile platform is known for its traction system with two motors controlling direction and traction, so as an electrical axis to lift up and down the upper part of the robot, which is able to carry up to 500 Kg load. Moreover, AGVS provides two safety laser rangefinders (rear and front) allowing objects or people detection in its environment. Thanks to its Ackermann kinematic configuration, it can follow curves in an optimal way.

AGVS robot is currently implemented in some European hospitals, where it helps staff members in goods transportation tasks, optimizing time and resources of these hospitals.


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.