History of robots and robotics

  • History of robotics through the most important moments up to the present day.

Robotnik, as a company specialized in mobile robotics, is a witness of the important ‘boom’ that the robotics sector has experienced in recent years, having a definite boost with the recent emergence of disruptive technologies such as 5G, augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence or blockchain, to name a few examples. 

The origins of robotics and the first robots contain diverse names and dates, but there has always been the same common goal: to prevent humans from performing the heaviest, most dangerous and tedious tasks. 

Thanks to autonomous and industrial mobile robotics, many large companies, but also SMEs, are experiencing a reduction in production costs and an increase in their profitability.

What has the evolution of robots been like up to this point?

Here is a brief overview of this exciting sector to find out the main keys. 

 

Background of robotics

Do you know the meaning of the word 'robot'? Etymologically, the term comes from the Czech word robota meaning 'forced labor'. It was used for the first time, 100 years ago now, in a play by the author of the same nationality, Karel Capek.

This play entitled 'RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots)' was premiered in 1921 and was a great success all over the world, leaving without knowing it, a word that would last forever. 

To talk about the origin of robotics, we must mention Aristotle and his ideas about 'automated tools', Henry Ford, Leonardo Da Vinci and his mechanical knight or Isaac Asimov. Here we name the milestones that have brought real advances towards automation and autonomous mobile robotics, already in the middle of the 20th century.

Autonomous mobile robotics is considered to be that which is capable of making decisions in changing environments without the need for supervision by an operator. Some relevant historical data would be the following:

  • 50s, England. ELSIE (Electro-Light-Sensitive Internal-External) is the first mobile robot in history. Its technical capabilities were still very limited. It was really a light-sensitive electromechanical robot with internal and external stability. 
  • 60s, Standford Research Institute. SHAKEY: robot that already incorporated tactile sensors and a vision camera. It could move on the ground thanks to two computers (one on board and one remote) that were connected by radio. 
  • 70s, MARS-ROVER: platform that integrated a mechanical arm, proximity sensors, a laser telemetry device and stereo cameras. It was developed by NASA to explore hostile or unknown terrain. 
  • 80's, SRI's CART: platform that modeled obstacles thanks to Cartesian coordinates on its vertices. 

 

Shakey
SHAKEY robot. Source: Wikimedia Commons

 

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Evolution of industrial robotics

Industrial robots are not usually humanoid in shape, although they are capable of reproducing human movements and behaviors but with the strength, precision and speed of a machine. The first industrial robots were developed by George Devol, American inventor and founder of the first robotics company in history: Unimation. 

In 1954, what is considered the first industrial robot was developed in the USA: a hydraulic arm called Unimate, used to lift heavy loads, which was sold to General Motors. In the following years they developed several versions of the same model of the company Unimation that were introduced, little by little, in some factories mainly in the automotive sector. 

It was at the end of the 1960s and in the 1970s when considerably more advanced robotic arms appeared in which cameras or sensors were already used. The Shakey robot, designed in 1966 by the Standford Research Institute, stands out as an important milestone for mobile robotics. Shakey was the world's first mobile robot, thanks to software and hardware that allowed it to perceive and understand the environment, albeit in a limited way. 

The first mobile industrial robots also appeared in parallel. In 1954, Barrett Electronics Corporation brought out the first electric vehicle that did not require a human driver, what we know as the first AGV (Autonomous Guided Vehicle). AGVs acquired more complex behaviors in the 80s as technology advanced and already in the 90s we found AGVs with much more precise sensors and lasers. 

As explained in another post, an AGV is not an autonomous mobile robot. It is useful to understand the differences between the two in order to make the right decision when introducing them in a factory or company.

Although the first industrial robots were created in the United States, in the 1980s and 1990s they were already being developed in some European and Asian countries, mainly in Japan and Sweden. You probably remember IBM's Deep Blue beating world champion Garry Kasparov in a game of chess.  

Nowadays, the development of Artificial Intelligence or other technologies such as those mentioned at the beginning of the article are so powerful that the game against Kasparov sounds obsolete. The applications that AI brings to robotics, and thus to the industrial sector, are infinitely more valuable and more profitable than winning chess games. Some of the advantages that AI brings to industrial robotics are: 

  • Increased accuracy 
  • Improved decision making (especially in the face of obstacles).
  • Predictive maintenance

Automation is a field in constant change, so sometimes it is difficult for some companies to start the path to a smart factory. For this reason, Robotnik always facilitates, accompanies and adapts mobile robotics to the specific needs of the company, whatever its size. Automation and robotics go hand in hand.

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Robotnik's robotic arm, 2012

 

Service robotics

Collaborative robotics is, by definition, service robotics. This is the sector in which Robotnik has been developing its activity for 20 years and which has allowed it to become a worldwide reference company.

A service robot for professional use is defined as a robot that operates partially or totally autonomously in the service of human welfare and equipment, excluding manufacturing operations (ISO TC 184/SC2 definition). 

We found several cases of service robotics in which Robotnik is currently involved. A clear example of this has been reflected in the time of pandemic by Covid-19, where service robotics has been key in different fields. 

Currently, Robotnik develops its robots and mobile manipulators for very diverse sectors: logistics, inspection and maintenance, defense, agriculture or security, among others.

AGVS
AGVS, Robotnik's robot

Industrial Robotics: present and future

Although for years industrial robotics has been reserved for large companies, Robotnik now also offers mobile robotics solutions for SMEs. These companies must bet on innovation and technology if they want to remain competitive. In this sense, the cost of investing in mobile robotics is an investment. 

Currently, there is already talk of the birth of the fourth industrial revolution, where autonomous mobile robotics plays a leading role. Intelligent robots are playing a crucial role in the digitization of the entire industry worldwide.

Flexibility, collaboration between machines and people and diversification into new sectors and business models are setting the pace for robotics in 2021, according to the conclusions published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). We must not lose sight, therefore, of the keys that will help companies continue to grow in the best possible way. 

 


ROS

Learning ROS online? Is possible thanks to the collaboration of Robotnik and The Construct

If we talk about autonomous mobile robotics, it is essential to talk about ROS. The ROS framework has been one of the biggest breakthroughs in the robotics industry in recent years. The idea was to find a way to help the development of robotic applications, facilitating communication between sensors and algorithms, following the paradigm of "program once, test everywhere".

Another new feature of this 2021 is the new remote warehouse lab in exclusive collaboration between The Construct and Robotnik. A lab that offers the possibility to learn ROS online, with both remote and on-site applications. 

The Construct is the leading online academy for learning ROS development in robotics. This platform has traditionally operated by providing both online and face-to-face training around the world in simulation environments.

For Robotnik it is important that the training that followers receive is with real demonstrations, so it offers the academy free annual licenses so that ROS programming with some of the robots it manufactures - the SUMMIT-XL, for example - can be done not only in a simulated environment, but with testing in a real environment.

All of Robotnik's robots support ROS software, and it has been working on robots for R&D for almost 20 years. These two aspects have led to a close relationship with The Construct since its inception, collaborating in different ways. Throughout this time, they have been able to count on some of Robotnik's most outstanding robots, such as the RB-1BASE or the RB-KAIROS +, for their academic offerings.

New laboratory in collaboration with Robotnik and The Construct

Now they are launching a remote laboratory to complement the experience of their students in simulation with real robots, so that the training, although remote, has a part of real use of a robot.

The warehouse lab aims to teach how to program autonomous collaborative robots to help in warehouses, using both ROS1 and ROS2. Students first practice with a simulation of the environment and then remotely connect to real robots and practice what they have learned on these autonomous robots.

The main robot in the lab is Robotnik's RB-1 BASE, plus a few others that are used as complementary tools. An example of this is the UR3 (from Universal Robots) with a gripper from OnRobot.

This robotic arm is necessary to have a real laboratory to help in warehouses, since the two basic tasks of these robots are to carry cargo from one place to another (task of the RB-1 BASE) and to be able to pick up objects and put them down where they belong (task of the manipulator robot).

Warehouse Robot lab

Who is this remote laboratory aimed at?

The remote lab is only available to Enterprise customers. These are enterprise customers who want to set up their robotics sections or who want to keep their team up to date with the latest developments in robotics with ROS.

They are also often project researchers.

This means that is a high quality laboratory, whose training is aimed at people with a certain level of prior knowledge and experience in the robotics sector. Our special workshops (online and on-site) are also held in this laboratory.

rb-1 base

But what is ROS?

ROS stands for Robot Operating System.

It is not exactly an operating system, but a set of open source software frameworks that allow hardware to be abstracted.

Before ROS existed, every time a user changed robots or acquired a different one, he or she had to learn to use new software. Today with ROS, it is possible to share programs, code and commonly used functions between different robots. It also facilitates integration between systems, which is more expensive if you change paradigms. 

At the moment, ROS is available for Linux Ubuntu and Debian but is still in the experimental phase for Windows or macOS.

Robotnik is dedicated from the beginning to product development and provision of engineering and R&D services in service robotics. That is why it started working with ROS already from the first distribution released in 2010 (Box Turtle) knowing that it is and will be the standard in robotics for years to come.

rb-1 base

In the last few years, ROS has established itself as the most widespread robotics framework worldwide. Every day more and more companies and institutions are opting to use ROS due to the facilities it offers, highlighting the possibility of using open source packages already created that allow the use of different components without the need to invest a large amount of time in the process.

However, the usefulness of ROS goes beyond the reuse of software created by the community. Being a middleware conceived from the beginning for use in robotics, it provides a set of tools that greatly facilitates the creation of a robust and coherent software architecture.

The software functionalities are distributed in the form of modular packages that can be added or removed without affecting the operation of the rest of the components of a robot. ROS provides different communication protocols between these packages, as well as tools to visualize and modify the robot's behavior in a simple and intuitive way.

Another great advantage of using an open source framework with a large community behind it is that its users already have the necessary knowledge to use any type of robot whose architecture is based on the same system. In addition, the large number of users translates into the creation of a large number of open source components that are in a process of continuous improvement. Although the initial adoption of ROS was mainly in research centers, the maturity of the product has led to tremendous growth in the service and industrial robotics segments in recent years.

Due to the modular nature of ROS, its packages are under constant development to add enhancements, correct weaknesses, and adapt its operation to the current state of the art. To prevent its users from having to manually update each package, exposing them to problems and incompatibilities, ROS has a versioning system that provides an up-to-date and functional set of packages. Each version is designed for use on a different Ubuntu distribution and has up to 5 years of support from its release. The versions with active support at the moment are Melodic and Noetic, with Melodic being the most widespread distribution at the moment.

The large adoption of ROS in recent years for use in robots of all types, together with the advancement of technology since its release in 2007, has led to the emergence of new needs that were not taken into account during the initial design of the system. To avoid making drastic changes that would break compatibility with already established systems, it was decided to create a new system called ROS 2, the first official version of which was released at the end of 2017.

ROS 2 features a new decentralized architecture intended for use on systems with diverse features, and with native support for Ubuntu, OS X and Windows. Its advantages include greater control over the execution of each component, the possibility of integrating real-time systems, or its multi-robot approach that offers the possibility of adjusting the communication system for use in environments where communications are not ideal. 

robot móvil

ROS 2 already has several years of adoption and constant improvements behind it, which has led to the release of LTS (long-term support) versions designed for stable use in all types of robotic systems. This has caused the industry to begin a migration process from ROS to ROS 2 that will extend over the next few years, and will significantly drive the evolution of the new system.

The store with ROS robots and component

The proof of this firm commitment by Robotnik is the creation of ROS Components, a portal for the sale of robotics products with ROS support.

Most of the robots and components on the market are supported in ROS, but sometimes it is not easy to find out which ones are, which version they support or how to purchase them. One of the main objectives of this store is to link the products with their drivers and/or software for ROS, detailing how to install and configure them and where to find tutorials or useful information, among other aspects. In the end, it's all about making the user experience as easy as possible.

ROS Components

In addition to supporting the ROS community, whose core is maintained by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) which is a non-profit organization in charge of developing new versions, as well as maintaining the necessary infrastructure for servers, etc., ROS Components aims to promote the use of ROS as well as its maintenance and growth.

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All that Robotics brings to Security & Rescue

  • Robotnik is currently involved in 5 projects focused on the security and rescue sectors.

Robotnik focuses a significant part of its work and resources on R&D projects related to the automation and digitalization of industry through robotic applications

Since 2002, Robotnik has been involved in more than 60 projects, most of them at European level and others at local level,

30 projects are currently on progress, each of them of different nature: some of them with objectives oriented to logistics, health sector, or agri-food, among others.

This post compiles 5 of the open robotics projects related to public safety and rescue. 

R&D in Europe

One of Europe's main challenges is to promote research and development within companies, as it is the key to the competitiveness and productivity of each economic sector in the long term. For this reason, there are official funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 that provide support in this regard.

In particular, R&D in robotics technologies has become more important than ever in recent years. There is hardly any country that does not invest - both at company, government and institutional level - in robotics.

This increase in investment is due to several factors, for example, the huge development of some of the catalysts of robotics such as 5G or Artificial Intelligence, which provide an ideal framework, with connections and capabilities that did not exist before.

What are security R&D projects?

Perhaps there is a greater lack of knowledge about research and innovation in this area, but there is much that mobile robotics is contributing to this field. Ministries of Defense, institutions focused on rescue or emergency operations, civil protection, law enforcement and the sectors that work for public safety in general, have their sights set on the advances that this technology represents.

There are different forms of insecurity that can affect citizens, 'be it crime, violence, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters, cyber-attacks or abuses of privacy, and other forms of social and economic disorder'. European Commission.

The projects in which Robotnik is involved aim to understand, detect, prevent, deter, prepare and protect against security threats.

The following points, taken from the European Commission's own website, perfectly summarize the activities that this research framework focuses on:

- Fighting crime, illegal trafficking and terrorism, including understanding and combating terrorist ideas and beliefs;

- Protecting and enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructures, supply chains and transport modes;

- Strengthening security through border management;

- Improve cyber security;

- Increase Europe's resilience to crises and disasters;

- Ensuring privacy and freedom, including on the Internet, and improving society's legal and ethical understanding of all areas of security, risk and management;

- Improve standardization and interoperability of systems, including for emergency purposes;

- Supporting the Union's external security policies, including conflict prevention and peace-building.

Following this contextual framework, the following are the security and rescue projects in which Robotnik is currently involved:

CREST

Fight crime with an autonomous platform with an advanced prediction, prevention, operation and investigation platform leveraging the IoT ecosystem.

Robotnik, as a hardware supplier, is developing a new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) concept capable of autonomously deploying a small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in the field.

  • Threat detection and assessment.
  • Dynamic mission planning and adaptive navigation for improved surveillance based on autonomous systems.
  • Distributed command and control of law enforcement missions.
  • Sharing of information and exchange of digital evidence based on blockchain.
  • Delivery of pertinent information to different stakeholders in an interactive manner tailored to their needs.

RESPOND-A

It aims to develop holistic and user-friendly solutions for first responders. Robotnik is responsible for the development of robots for hazardous environments and support missions and participates in the development of interfaces between emergency robots and the command-and-control application.

  • Equipment tools and mission-critical strategies for First Responders
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Passive and active localization and tracking
  • Interactive multi-view 360º video streaming.
  • Autonomous robot and unmanned aerial vehicle coordination.

ROBORDER

Border authorities and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) across Europe face significant challenges in the way they patrol and protect borders. ROBORDER aims to develop and demonstrate a fully functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and land vehicles.

Robotnik, as a hardware supplier, is developing a new UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) concept capable of autonomously deploying a small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in the field.

  • Autonomous swarm of heterogeneous Robots for BORDER surveillance.
  • Fully-functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles, capable of functioning both as standalone and in swarms.
  • Detection capabilities for early identification of criminal activities and hazardous incidents.

INTREPID

The aim here is to provide first responders with a new approach to accelerate the exploration and assessment of hazardous sites, enabling a rapid and effective response. To revolutionize first responder operations in the early stages of a disaster when the chances of saving lives are greatest and operations are slowed down by many types of uncertainties.

Robotnik's role in the project is to design and develop an intelligent unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) capable of performing exploration missions through rugged terrain or complex indoor locations.

  • Reconnaissance and Assessment in Perilous Incidents.
  • A quick response is key in order to save lives and minimize environmental damage.
  • Develop a platform that will allow first responders to safely explore the scene, analyze and assess the existing threats and decide, based on reliable information about the situation, on the next steps to take.
  • Use cybernetic assistants (smart autonomous vehicles) to enhance the speed, range and effectiveness of complex site exploration.

FASTER

FASTER will provide innovative, accepted and efficient tools that enhance the capabilities of first responders in terms of situational awareness and communication.

Robotnik is the leader of the project's Work Package 5: "Autonomous Platforms". It involves the development of a new RB-CAR vehicle and also a SUMMIT-XL robot. They will be used by first responders to explore and check the environment and also to transport some heavy materials.

  • Tactical situational awareness providing innovative visualization services for a portable Common Operational Picture for both indoor and outdoor scenarios representation.
  • Data collection providing a secure IoT platform for distributed.
  • Resilient communication at the field level providing haptic communication capabilities, communication with K9s; and at the infrastructure level through 5G technologies and UAVs.

inspection robot


mobile robots applications

Mobile robotics applications: more safety and productivity for your plant

The applications of mobile robotics have enabled numerous industries to take advantage of all the benefits that intelligent automation brings to any production line. Mobile robotics applications have been the key automated tool for creating safer, more efficient industrial spaces and achieving greater productivity.

What can mobile robotics do to improve an industrial plant?

Simplification of process manipulation

The applications of mobile robotics in any industrial field are designed to optimize any production processes which could prove overly dangerous or repetitive for workers. 

Therefore, mobile industrial robots are designed to be tools that provide solutions and offer functionalities that simplify the jobs.

We just need to look at the functioning of a mobile manipulator that has all the information and room for movements to help it identify a material, handle it according to its weight, size, and fragility.

Safe collaborative work areas

Collaborative mobile robots are equipped with specific components to ensure they can share a work area with operators without exposing them to any type of risk. 

They work in a coordinated way, with sensors that detect when people are near, thus adapting their strength, speed, or route to prioritize worker safety. Even though they are autonomous robots operating remotely, the information they process is managed by the human workers who control their functioning.

Better productivity and better use of resources

There are considerable time savings because mobile robots or mobile manipulators act predictively to manage all the resources at their disposal (time and raw materials to be processed) more efficiently.

Productivity is also higher because robot applications reduce errors, reduce defective products, and improves the quality of the finished product. 

Industrial areas where mobile robotics applications have been the key to success

Safety

Inspection and maintenance tasks can incur risks and mean having to operate in unsafe areas, which is why mobile robots can be very helpful in perfecting these processes and overcoming difficulties.

This is the case with autonomous rescue robots which can detect the presence of gases or carry out search operations, becoming an automated tool with sensors and GPS controlled by emergency units to operate faster and with fewer risks.

Agri-food

In the horticulture and farming sectors, robot mobile manipulators handle repetitive tasks that save considerable time, but also prioritize precision and the exact identification of the materials they are handling.

Collaborative robots are now commonly used in fruit picking, grafting, and insect cultivation where artificial intelligence provides predictive data to optimize farms and plantations.

Health

Mobile robotics applications have also become tools that greatly improve quality of life and provide autonomy to dependent people.

Mobile robots can even be adapted into robotic or motorized shower systems for people with functional disabilities, to enable them to shower on their own by giving orders to the robot. 

Collaborative mobile robots can also become excellent hospital assistants, offering support in operating theatres, ICUs, or areas of risk for the healthcare team.

Logistics

Industrial robots have become a key technology in this industry, especially for tasks like transportation and picking tasks.


Robotnik sponsors the GTRob awards

Robotnik, once again, sponsors the GTRob (Robotics Thematic Group) awards from CEA Automática, an organization made up of numerous private partners and institutions in the field of automation, process control and new technologies.

The awards granted by the GTRob are the "Prize for the best doctoral thesis on robotics", with a prize of € 900; and the "Prize for the best robotics communication of the Automation Conference", with a cost of € 300. Both distinctions will be delivered within the framework of the ‘XL Automation Conference’ that will be held in Ferrol from September 4 to 6, 2019.

The Automation Conference is organized by different Spanish-speaking universities or research centers with the aim of bringing together professors, researchers, students and professionals in the field of Automation to discuss topics related to teaching and research (among others, automation and control, instrumentation, robotics, modeling and simulation of systems, etc.).

 

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The ‘National Robotics Conference’ is back

The next edition of the ‘National Robotics Conference’, organized by the Spanish Automation Committee (CEA), will take place in Alicante on June 13 and 14 continuing the editions previously held in Valladolid in 2018 and in Valencia in 2017.

Robotnik, as in previous years, will attend to publicize our vision of how collaborative mobile robots contribute to the improvement of production processes. It will be in the presentation of our colleague Néstor Bolinches ‘Collaborative Mobile Robotics: from R&D to Industry 4.0’ that will take place next Thursday, June 13 from 19:15 to 20:15 in the EPS I building of the Higher Polytechnic School of the University from Alicante, on the San Vicente del Raspeig Campus.

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Robotnik in Advanced Factories 2019

Robotnik will present its solution for intralogistics at Advanced Factories

The RB-2 BASE collects, transports and automatically delivers goods up to 200 kg

Robotnik, European leader in collaborative mobile robotics since 2002, will attend the 3rd edition of Advanced Factories, to be held in Barcelona from 9th to 11th April at the International Convention Center of Barcelona. At Robotnik's booth H122 will be displayed the autonomous mobile manipulator RB-KAIROS and platforms for industry RB-1 BASE and RB-2 BASE . Of all of these, you will see demos in real time.

Also, Robotnik will take part in the round table Robotic mobility and logistics: Make way for the autonomous platforms within the largest European conference on industrial innovation, the  Industry 4.0 Congress de Advanced Factories. Mrs. Maria Benitez, Director of sales and marketing, will share cases of success and the experience of the Company in the industry 4.0.

Robotnik's technology solution enables your portfolio robots see all obstacles within 360°, navigating autonomously and seeking the more efficient path to bring the load to its destination. Fast and efficient commissioning, how to work safely in a collab environment, and flexibility are some of its main advantages. Robotnik awaits you at stand H122 to answer questions on how to optimize and improve productivity of your production facility, warehouse or industry.


Collaboration between a mobile robot SUMMIT-XL and a drone DJI Matrix 100

Collaboration between a land mobile robot "Summit XL" and a drone "DJI Matrix 100" for the realization of an automated inventory in logistics warehouse, developed by the Université du Havre.  The acquisition of inventory data is done from an Android application installed on a smartphone under the drone

C.E.H HARIK, F.GUERIN, F.GUINAND, J.F.BRETHE, H.PELVILLAIN - "Towards An Autonomous Warehouse Inventory Scheme" - IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2016) - Athens (Greece) - December 6-9, 2016 – Best Paper Award

C.E.H HARIK, F.GUERIN, F.GUINAND, J.F. BRETHE, H. PELVILLAIN, J.Y.PAREDE – ”Fuzzy logic controller for predictive vision-based target tracking with an unmanned aerial vehicle” –
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01691864.2016.1271500 - Advanced Robotics, Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), Volume 31 - Issue 7, Pages 368-381, 2017


Robotnik will introduce its mobile robotics news in ROSCon and IROS 2018

Are you thinking in mobile robotics?! So, you must visit us at ROSCon and IROS 2018!

The current edition of these events is really special because will celebrate in Madrid. This is an excellent opportunity to know the last news in robotics. In this case, Robotnik will show some of its novel mobile robots and mobile manipulators as RB-1 Base, RB-2 Base and RB-Kairos.

The motto of IROS 2018 is “Towards a Robotic Society”. According of this, Robotnik will introduce its advances in autonomous mobile robots and how they contribute to an advanced society. We are bronze sponsors of the event and will be a pleasure to attend you at the booth 78-79.

Previously, we will attend ROSCon 2018 as Silver sponsors.

Robotnik is a reference in Mobile Service Robotics and inside which provides a reliable solution for indoor transport. For logistics, our solution integrates the robots, localization system, configuration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS). You could see it in action at ROSCon and IROs 2018!

We're looking forward to your visit!

 


Automatica 2018, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics

Automatica 2018, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics, has just started (June 19-22, Munich). In it, Robotnik is showing its solution for indoor transport with Collaborative Mobile Robots. Our RB-2 BASE is working at the Demo Area, making the typical logistic tasks to move goods in an industrial environment. Furthermore, at the Robotnik's booth B4/521 we are introducing our mobile platform RB-1 BASE.

Both Collaborative Mobile Robots are a great tool to workers in logistics tasks. At this moment, industries are ready for the CMR, because their installations don’t need practically to modify its environment (layout). In fact, the installation only takes few days, and the operator does not need to have any special programming experience.

We provide a reliable solution for indoor transport. A solution that integrates robots, localization systems, configuration and programming tools (HMI) and Fleet Management System (FMS).

Take advantage of it!