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What’s New in Robotics? 22.10.2021

Information briefs for the week check out Nissan’s all-robot manufacturing facility, Japan’s AI-controlled forklifts and inspection robots, cobots mastering the traditional artwork of knife making, Gary the house robotic…can be good across the workplace, safety robots on patrol, and eel-like subsea robotic arms servicing deep-water operations.


Nissan’s all-robot auto plant

Solely “good” robots want apply for work at Nissan’s model new “clever” auto plant.

Industrial robots in a Nissan factory“Thus far, individuals needed to make manufacturing changes via expertise, however now robots with synthetic intelligence, analyzing collected knowledge, are capable of do it. The know-how has developed to that degree,” stated Nissan Govt Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto.

All-robot “manufacturing changes” embrace all the welding, becoming a member of, mounting …even portray—which the robots QC themselves—plus, putting in EV, hybrid, or combustion engine powertrains in succession on the identical manufacturing line.

The manufacturing facility, in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture, is scheduled for full manufacturing mode in April 2022. Nissan stated the improvements being examined in Tochigi will probably be step by step rolled out at its different world vegetation, together with French alliance accomplice Renault’s factories.

Nissan has introduced plans for $1.14 billion in enhancements of its world factories; $290 million was invested within the Tochigi plant. Tochigi is the third key manufacturing facility for Nissan in Japan after Kyushu and Oppama, every with a manufacturing capability of about 250,000 items yearly. That’s over 2,000 thousand automobiles a day per auto plant.


AI-controlled robots “for rent”!

The rent-a-robot motion is catching on in Japan. Japanese/Israeli three way partnership brings AI-controlled AMR forklifts and inspection robots to warehouses…with an choice to lease the robots by the hour or by undertaking or job.

Mobile forkliftMusashi Seimitsu (a division of Honda), its subsidiary Musashi AI, and Israeli logistics automation developer 634AI, have mixed to convey AI-controlled logistics robots to main Japanese 3PL Suzuyo’s distribution middle (see video).

MusashiAI’s AMR forklift and visible inspection robots, managed by 634AI’s MAESTRO navigation and fleet administration software program are scheduled to scale up joint operations throughout all Suzuyo distribution facilities in Japan.

Fleets of Musashi’s FAF or fully-autonomous forklifts and visible inspection robots will probably be provided for buy or as a Robotic-as-a-Service (RaaS) mannequin, by the hour or by undertaking or job.

Controlling a complete warehouse, MAESTRO units a workplan for forklifts after which guides them all through each work job. The imaginative and prescient inspection robots work at a charge of beneath 2 seconds per work piece for an above 98% accuracy charge.


Cobots hold high quality edge on knife manufacturing

Each day evidently the versatile cobot is within the information taking up ever-newer challenges.

One of many latest is the transformation of the previously all-manual, labor-intensive cutting-tool manufacturing—knives, scissors and different fine-edged implements—at a 400-year-old Chinese language producer.

Robot used for knife sharpeningBeijing-based startup (2015) Rokae’s cobot set up on the Zhang Xiao Quan manufacturing facility took on the intricate technique of fastidiously calculated steps in grinding, deburring, sprucing and sharpening a metal clean right into a precision, sharp-edged device.

Rokae arrange two cobot-powered manufacturing stations: one for sharpening and one other for moist grinding, sprucing and deburring which will increase effectivity and consistency.

Based on Rokae, “the moist grinding station routinely feeds supplies to the robotic inside 10 seconds, pushing the working charge—or ratio of merchandise produced to merchandise that may be produced—to 95 p.c. In the meantime, the sharpening station can elevate effectivity by greater than 50 p.c.”

The cobots constantly apply the identical grinding methods to provide the blades a uniform form, “usually a tough job for a handbook workforce.”

Rokae has entered right into a strategic partnership with Mirka, a Finnish firm that’s the world’s main provider of expendable grinding instruments and supplies.


At dwelling—or workplace—with Gary the robotic

It’s not simply Amazon’s Astro tooling round properties today, large boy Gary from Israel-based Limitless Robotics is able to tackle jobs in each dwelling or workplace. Gary additionally has a developer’s platform, so who is aware of what tips he’ll be as much as within the close to future.

Gary the robot for home or office useGary is a four-footer that suggestions out at 88 lbs. and might motor alongside on 4 omni-directional wheels at 3 mph. Gary’s low-slung, 65-inch arms have 7 DoF, with a three-finger gripper on one hand and two-finger gripper on the opposite. Gary can tote 3 lbs. in his grip (see video)

The corporate’s web site costs Gary this fashion: “For shoppers who joined the ready checklist, Gary prices $ 99/month or a one-time cost of $ 5,900.” You’ll be able to cancel the subscription any time “supplied {that a} primary dedication of 60 months is charged.” Availability scheduled for 2022.

In a current interview, the corporate claims that “Gary can autonomously navigate its environment, shifting via each new and acquainted locations…[ and] additionally holds capabilities to navigate outside and uneven terrain, reminiscent of grass, carpets and tiles.”

CEO Man Altagar, defined the significance of the developer’s platform that makes Gary a one-of-a-kind dwelling robotic. “Normally, an ordinary robotic or an digital system can carry out just one perform,” stated Altagar.

“With our know-how [developer’s platform], we’re bringing a brand new technique to construct a number of mechanical and operational purposes—multi function system.” 


Patrol robotic trials for safety and security

Two, autonomous patrol robots, each named “Xavier”, every geared up with seven cameras apiece, are, based on undertaking supervisor Michael Lim, Singapore’s “new weapon in opposition to insecurity.”

Patrol robot used for safety and security.Constructed by Singapore-based Residence Workforce Science and Know-how Company (HTX), a authorities operated safety and security developer, the patrol robots will probably be trialed for 3 months with a purpose to assess their effectiveness.

An HTX information launch described the patrol robots’ actions as: weaving autonomously via crowds in Singapore’s Toa Payoh Central retail and residence space to detect undesirable social behaviors, together with smoking in prohibited areas, unlawful hawking, improperly parked bicycles, gatherings of greater than 5 individuals (COVID restriction), and motorized automobiles on footpaths.

Robotics, Automation & Unmanned Programs (RAUS) Centre of Experience, certainly one of 15 experience facilities at HTX, constructed the autonomous Xavier patrol robots. They’re geared up with a sensor set that enables them to detect and keep away from objects, automobiles and pedestrians. Their onboard cameras allow 360-degree dashboard video, even in low gentle with infrared cameras; and the captured video may be rapidly analyzed by a system of synthetic intelligence.

When a Xavier detects a violation, it concurrently indicators the command middle whereas displaying a message on its display to tell and warn the general public.


Eel-like robotic arm conducts subsea repairs

The Eely500 is a slender and flexible-bodied robotic arm designed for subsea inspection, upkeep, and restore (IMR). It’s battery powered and modular, with interchangeable energy thrusters and variable payload segments.

Robotic arm used for safety repairsThe Eely500 can convert from single-arm to dual-arm configuration with totally different end-effector instruments on both arm

The autonomous subsea arm is designed for servicing underwater installations remotely, with out the necessity for costly floor vessels and tech workers, and even divers, for help.

The eel-like, robotic arm can bend and twist and slide into slim confines and gaps, and function submerged 24/7, even in harsh underwater currents or throughout a floor storm. The truth is, it may be completely moored beneath water and autonomously recharge itself when vital. Straightening out right into a torpedo form, it may well journey lengthy distances at excessive charges of velocity.

The Eely500 was designed and produced by Norway’s Trondheim-based Eelume AS (established in 2015), which is a spin-off from the Norwegian College of Science and Know-how (NTNU) and co-owned by Kongsberg Maritime.

Eelume says its subsea robotic arm is adaptable for offshore oil and fuel operations, aquaculture and different forms of subsea exercise.





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