Robótica móvil y 5G

Increasing potential in industry: 5G robots

  • Fermax and FORVIA/Faurecia host two demos at their facilities to test how 5G technology improves the management of fleets of robots for transporting goods within the industry.
  • Robotnik, a Valencian company and pioneer in the use of mobile autonomous 5G robots is responsible for these two pilot tests.
  • Both demonstrations are part of the National 5G Plan, the programme for the development of 5G technology pilot projects implemented by Red.es.

 

FERMAX and FORVIA /Faurecia are the two industrial manufacturing plants where the possibilities offered by a 5G robot for indoor and outdoor goods transport have been demonstrated.
Robotnik, in collaboration with Orange and Fivecomm, has been responsible for the execution of these pilot tests, which are part of the final result of the

PILOTOS 5G project, part of the National 5G Plan, a programme for the development of 5G technology pilot projects carried out by the public business entity Red.es, promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER).

In both demonstrations, Robotnik's RB-VOGUI mobile robot performed autonomous and collaborative logistics tasks in transport and material provisioning. It was shown how 5G connectivity optimises the management and performance of a robot fleet in industrial environments thanks to the benefits it brings. These include speed of response, as it increases the speed of information transmission; increased precision and speed in operations; improved connectivity: the reduction in network latency of 5G solves the limitations of wired logic technologies (Bluetooth, WiFi...); and cost reduction due to the reduction of possible operational errors and increased productivity.

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5G robots for logistics

At the FORVIA/Faurecia site, the RB-VOGUI mobile robot has demonstrated its capability to perform both indoor and outdoor trolley-driven transport of materials. The aim is to automate last-mile logistics, thereby reducing processes and costs.
At Fermax, the mobile robot with 5G, autonomously transports missing parts from one point of the production line to another, thus avoiding downtime in the manufacturing process.

In both cases, while the robots carry out the various tasks, the operators receive streaming from the cameras and information from the 3D point cloud, and can also take control remotely at any time.

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Robotnik's managers of use case 6, to which both pilots belong, state that 'the main objective of this use case has been achieved: the development of remotely controlled transport robots that allow, both outdoors and indoors, to automate logistic tasks in a manufacturing environment where further integration, robotisation and optimisation of the load distribution chain is required'.

Project partners

This use case is being developed as part of Red.es' PILOTOS 5G Valencia project, within the National 5G Plan and the National Plan for Intelligent Territories. Both are promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation and co-financed with FEDER funds. This Plan aims to stimulate the definition and implementation of multiple use cases of this technology through the constitution of an ecosystem of technological partners, who will join forces to accelerate the process in order to make the so-called "digital economy" a reality in the near future.

Pilotos 5g

PILOTOS 5G is driven by a Joint Venture (JV) involving, besides Robotnik, companies such as Orange, Visyon (MEDIAPRO Group), Robotnik, CFZ Cobots, Elewit (Red Eléctrica Group), Aracnocoptero, Idrica, ETRA and other collaborating entities.

 


The Impact of 5G on Robotics. Robots and 5G

What is the connection of 5G and robotics? How can mobile robotics boost the inspection and maintenance area? How is 5G facilitating this boost?

On 30 and 31 May, Valencia hosted one of the most important events for the 5G industry: V5G DAYS. The theme chosen for this second edition is "5G driving digitalisation".

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The aim of this event is to discuss and demonstrate how 5G technology is becoming a key driver for the modernisation of our industry, presenting recent success stories of its implementation both nationally and internationally.

Robotnik, a pioneer in the use of mobile robotics with integrated 5G technology, participated as a sponsor and exhibitor.

What is a 5G robot?

María Benítez, CMO of Robotnik, shared with the V5G attendees one of the use cases within the 5G PILOTS project, in which Robotnik participates together with other partners such as Orange, iTEAM or Huawei.

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María Benítez: I want to focus my speech on what we are doing with 5G technology in the mobile robotics sector, our field of activity and, specifically, in inspection and maintenance missions.

At Robotnik we are already launching robots with 5G technology. What does that mean, and what is a 5G robot?

For a long time, inspection and maintenance robots were conditioned by the absence of data networks that allowed communication with low latency or sufficient bandwidth.

The absence of data networks with the necessary characteristics for real telepresence meant that robots had to be provided with a high level of autonomy to perform complex maintenance or inspection operations.

5G technology's rise has enabled new operating schemes, in which the robot can perform a large part of the mission autonomously, but can also be teleoperated in certain circumstances for which it has not been programmed.

The batteries that we use in Robotnik allow an autonomy of 8/10 hours, but the 5G in robotics makes this autonomy increase. This is a great advance for robotic inspection.

Here I show some advantages of 5G in robots focused on inspection and maintenance.

 

Specific advantages of 5g in inspection robots

  • Ultra-reliable connections
  • High bandwidth (guaranteed)
    • 35-43 Mbps 4G → 400 Mbps-1.8 Gbps 5G
    • Video streams, point clouds, etc.
    • Remote updates, maintenance
  • Low latency (guaranteed)
    • Teleoperation and telepresence
    • EDGE/CLOUD computing
    • Reduced HW cost and battery life
  • Other 5G services: security, P2P/V2V

 

The specific use case I am going to talk about today is the inspection case we are developing in the 5G PILOTS project. This use case has two aspects: the inspection of electrical substation infrastructure and, on the other hand, the inspection of catenary temperature.

The robot we use in this case is the SUMMIT-XL equipped with a thermal camera, lasers and sensors necessary for this application.

The SUMMIT-XL is a versatile and robust AMR capable of moving in different environments both indoors and outdoors, totally optimal for inspection work.
Is, in fact, a 5G robot.

SUMMIT-XL

In conclusion, the aim is to automate processes that are mechanical and repetitive. This means that operators can focus on more valuable tasks and their safety is guaranteed. The operator no longer has to physically travel to an environment with dangerous elements, but is in the control centre, supervising the robot or fleet of robots.

In addition, it is intended that this operator can handle the robots intuitively, so in Robotnik we have developed a tool aimed at this: the HMI, with which the end user can have full management and control of your robot.

Want to see the rest of the presentation? In this video you can watch the results obtained so far in this use case.

 


futuro de la robotica

What is the future of robotics?

Which are the future applications of robotics? What tasks will robots do in the future? What robotics solution do I need for my specific business?

Every company competing in the framework of Industry 4.0 has questions related to robotics, and while technology is advancing by the minute, this article tries to point out what are the positive future trends in industrial and service robotics.

As Milton Guerry, president of the International Federation of Robotics, says: "The transformation to robotic automation is accelerating in traditional and new industries".
There is a commonality in both the future of industrial robotics and service robotics. In both cases, the key is mobility.

Future of robotics. Trends 2022

  • Collaborative robotics. The change can be seen in factories: the demand for mobile robotics to work autonomously in warehouses, sharing space with operators, has multiplied exponentially.
  • Ease of use. Good news for end users. Simplifying the implementation of industrial robotics is another clear trend for 2022, although for Robotnik, this aspect has always been a priority. Software and hardware architecture work towards intuitive and simple configuration, installation and interface.
  • Artificial Intelligence, 5G, IoT. The maturation of these 3 technologies, among others, allows the development of more intelligent robots that perform more precise tasks.
  • Interoperability. The communication of different robots with each other -fleets of robots- and with other external systems, increases safety and productivity.
  • New industries are rapidly adapting to automation through robotic systems. What will robots do in the future? Fundamentally, they will adapt to the needs of users. There is a new post-pandemic consumer behaviour and therefore companies are addressing new ways of responding. Mobile robotics for last-mile delivery or the rise of e-commerce are examples of this.

With regard to future applications in industrial robotics in particular, there has been an acceleration in the incorporation of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) in logistics environments, with a special trend towards the automation of intralogistics (picking, order preparation or repackaging).

RB-VOGUI

Last March, María Benitez, CMO of Robotnik, spoke about this at the conference organised by Universal Robots. The boost of mobile manipulation for warehouse automation (goods-to-robot) is undoubtedly one of the great advances in robots for the society of the future.

New trends

Robotnik's mobile robots are also increasingly in demand for maintenance tasks in manufacturing processes. AMRs are able to monitor or detect possible errors predictively thanks to sensors or machine vision.
The future of robotics also concerns service robotics. There are also some clear trends in different sectors: agriculture, security, emergency, construction and healthcare.

'Outside manufacturing environments, robotics has a pivotal role to play in addressing some of the key societal challenges or ‘mega trends’ in areas as diverse as demographic change, sustainability, health and well-being, food production, transport and security. Robots are already serving as life-saving tools for surgery, smart rehabilitation trainers for the convalescent, attentive guards and rescuers to protect the environment and safeguard human lives, as well as reliable movers in all kinds of logistics scenarios; that is why their role, impact, and interaction with people will only grow ‘. IFR 2021.

In the agricultural sector, for example, mobile robotics plays a key role in the main challenges of the future.

Economic demands, shortages of skilled labour in agricultural regions, the food and fibre needs of a growing world population and stringent (political) regulations will continue to drive the commercial need for agricultural robots. Innovations in robotics and digitisation rely on advanced and affordable technologies, such as a wide variety of sensors for various applications, related electronics and communication systems.

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2022: the time to automate your business

The truth is that the future of robotics starts today. A smart warehouse capable of surviving a changing environment and increasingly specialised demand must start the process of intelligent automation now.
Collaborative mobile robotics is the real challenge of factory or warehouse automation, i.e. it is the mobility of robots that will make the difference in the profitability of a warehouse, whatever the workspace:

Is your facility small? The AMR that interests you.
Is your facility large? The AMR that interests you.
Do you want to automate indoor tasks? The AMR that interests you.
Do you want to automate outdoor tasks? The AMR that interests you.

The future of robotics is mobile, collaborative and intelligent.


5g valencia

The spanish Vice-president Nadia Calviño visits Valencia to learn first-hand about the Pilotos 5G project

  • Valencia has been the location to show the advances in 5G technology within the Pilotos 5G project, in which Robotnik, Orange, Elewit, Vysion or CFZ Cobots, among other partners that make up the UTE, have joined forces to develop new applications of this technological standar,

The First Vice-President of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, attended one of the most important events of this 2021 in Valencia on Thursday 9 September to see, first-hand, some of the demonstrations that are being developed around 5G technology in different areas.

One of the pilots that took place live at La Marina de Valencia was Remote Inspection and Maintenance with Robots. In this use case, Robotnik collaborates with Orange and Huawei to carry out inspection and maintenance of electrical and railway infrastructures, using robots remotely controlled thanks to the 5G network for the Generalitat Valenciana and the electricity company Viesgo. Remote control of robots in complicated terrain requires high information transmission capacity (high quality images) and ultra-low latency.

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Roberto Guzmán, CEO of Robotnik, showed the media and the various authorities who attended the event, the benefits of 5G technology in the field of mobile robotics and how the company is working on the 5G Pilots project through two use cases.

This work will translate into great opportunities for development and a sustainable future that will benefit different productive sectors and the business fabric in Spain.

After taking an interest in the evolution of each of the use cases, the minister said that "this is probably the most pleasant event of my week", and expressed her satisfaction at seeing how much progress the project has made in such a short time "what was a list of projects a year and a half ago is now a reality".

There is no doubt that this project brings great advances for both industry and other sectors, which will result in significant progress and benefits for society.

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Below is a compilation of some of the information published about the event:

Una UTE liderada por Orange presenta las aplicaciones del 5G , Las Provincias

Calviño asiste en València a demostraciones sobre el uso de tecnología 5G , Agencia EFE

València, como nunca se ha visto , Levante-emv

Calviño supervisa los avances del 5G en València , Levante-emv

Nadia Calviño asiste en València a experiencias 5G que avanzan el futuro del turismo, la telemedicina, la agricultura y el mantenimiento de infraestructuras críticas , Orange

Valencia, nodo clave para el desarrollo del 5G en España , Nobbot

 


5G

5G and Robotics use cases in Spain

Robotnik is one of the partners that are carrying out the development of different pilot tests around 5G technology and robotics in Spain.

Robotnik, Orange, CFZ Cobots, Elewit, Visyon, Aracnocóptero or Etra, are some of the partners that are carrying out the development of different pilot tests around 5G uses in Valencia, Spain as part of the 5G PILOTS project. The aim is to boost the automation of different industrial sectors by integrating 5G technology in collaborative mobile robots.

5G PILOTS is part of the National 5G Plan, a programme for the development of 5G technology pilot projects run by the public entity Red.es, promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with a budget of 10 M€.

The project includes a total of 15 use cases developed by the different members of the joint venture, including Robotnik. In the institutional event held last Monday 14th, all of them were presented and 3 specific demonstrations were carried out, including the two use cases in which Robotnik participates.

Mobile robotics and 5G in Spain

The two cases using 5G and robotics technology in Spain, in which Robotnik participates are:

1. Use Case 6: Robotics - Remote Fleet Management of AGVs.

This 5G and Robotic technology case is implemented in two pilots in industrial manufacturing plants (both indoor and outdoor). The first one is FERMAX, where the RB-VOGUI robots will perform a task of supplying production points from the warehouse (indoor transport) and the second one is FAURECIA, where the robot will perform a task of transporting airbag racks. Up to now, work is being carried out on the design of the transport trolleys and the robot-to-trolley docking system to carry out the transport, on the indoor and outdoor location and navigation system (3D SLAM), on the user interface and on the implementation of a fleet manager in the cloud, which will later be tested on the edge.

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As soon as 5G connectivity is available on the UPV Campus, the first communication, fleet management and telecontrol tests of both use cases will begin, as well as preliminary operational and validation tests prior to the implementation of the pilots.

2. Use Case 7: Robotics - Remote Inspection.

The inspection robotics use case focuses on the autonomous inspection of electrical substations and catenary for FGV (Ferrocarrils of the Generalitat Valenciana). Work is currently underway on the configuration of sensors and manufacture of the robot, on the programming and configuration of the robot for this application, on the organisation of a platform for data storage and on the integration of the 5G communications system with the remote inspection robot.

Partners in use cases 6 and 7

Robotnik provides robotic technology at hardware and software level for both use cases. Specifically, Robotnik provides a SUMMIT-XL robot (inspection) and a fleet of RB-VOGUI robots (Fleet Management System), as well as the software that includes among other modules such as the fleet manager, on-board software for localisation, navigation, mission management, HMI, etc.
Iteam is responsible for the development and integration of the 5G communications system based on Robotnik's hardware and software.

5G

Intel is Orange's partner in use case 6 (Fleet Management - AGVs) and provides cloud computing algorithms that process data obtained from its sensors.

Finally, Orange is the network provider and Huawei is the infrastructure hardware provider.

5G marks the future of collaborative mobile robotics and is a major breakthrough for the industry. Indeed, as discussed last year, 'the European Commission published a Recommendation calling on Member States to boost investment in very high capacity broadband connectivity infrastructure, including 5G, which is the cornerstone of the digital transformation and an essential pillar of the recovery. The timely deployment of 5G networks will offer significant economic opportunities in the coming years as it is a crucial asset for European competitiveness and sustainability, as well as an important enabler of future digital services.' As the official website reads.

What does 5G bring to mobile robotics? 

The inspection robotics and fleet management pilots are very representative examples where the introduction of 5G will play a disruptive role. It is an unbeatable framework to validate and test the capabilities of this new technology, which undoubtedly brings innumerable advantages for collaborative mobile robotics.

What 5G technology brings to autonomous service robots:

  • High bandwidth: required for data, video and audio streams, both for telecontrol and for cloud or edge processing.
  • Low latency and guaranteed latency: this opens up the possibility of teleoperation (and remote presence) to levels previously impossible. It also enables centralised fleet control, reducing computational needs on robots.
  • Cloud computing: the robot does not have to have large processing capabilities, it can rely on AI algorithms or sensor processing in the cloud, allowing for a cheaper, more versatile and easier to install, cheaper and less energy consuming product.
  • Much smoother and higher quality teleoperation:

With the pilots being developed, the aim is to validate the above advantages and measure the performance in real use cases.