Information briefs for the week check out what’s occurring with cobots on the Worldwide Robotic Exhibition 2023 in Tokyo, known as merely IREX. The convergence of cobots with genAI is continuous briskly. Many cobots, the vital ones (over 30 specialised cobot producers are sporting practically 125 cobot fashions) at the moment are racing to amass genAI capabilities. IREX was an ideal occasion to showcase the very best and to see what has occurred thus far.
Cobots showcase “new-age” tech at IREX
The lately concluded IREX Worldwide Robotic Exhibition 2023 (Tokyo) 29 November to 2 December 2023, with over 600 exhibitors and 120,000 guests—reportedly bigger than each Munich’s AUTOMATICA and Detroit’s Automate—proved to be an ideal world showcase for cobots’ new-age applied sciences.
Developed or new-age cobots had been on show from Techman, Dobot, Elite, UR, AUBO, and extra.
Introduced simply previous to the doorways opening was a first-ever advertising and marketing and gross sales effort directed solely at SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) by the Robotic Industrial Primary Know-how Collaborative Innovation Partnership or ROBOCIP. ROBOCIP, a gaggle together with main Japanese robotics and automation corporations, “introduced that it’s making a first-ever joint database to facilitate the introduction of robots and cobots to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).”
Japan wants new enterprise in a rush! Japanese robotic makers are feeling aggressive warmth from throughout the Sea of Japan. “The worldwide market share of Japanese robotic producers has declined from 70 % at its peak to about 40 % resulting from the rise of Chinese language opponents.”
Then too, perhaps the lately introduced initiative additionally directed at SMEs by the Softbank/ Symbotic Inexperienced Field three way partnership was the impetus for ROBOCIP. Inexperienced Field will tackle the greater than $500 billion annual “warehouse-as-a-service market,” particularly concentrating on the broader buyer universe of SMEs.
Additionally, with the huge China Trade Robotic Exhibition (CIRE) upcoming in Tianjin from 6 to 9 March 2024, ROBOCIP had the 4 days of IREX to make a case for itself within the media with each potential patrons and sellers of Japanese robots and cobots.
With Japan’s largest robotic vendor, FANUC, taking its first monetary decline in 4 years, FANUC’s internet revenue for the July to September interval fell 20 % to round $222 million.
“The slowdown in China’s financial system is reducing into the income of Japanese corporations like FANUC. Amongst 17 Japanese corporations with important gross sales in China, 12 noticed internet revenue decline within the July to September quarter.”
Within the U.S., the “gradual US financial system and high-interest charges are being blamed for a 37 % drop within the variety of industrial robots ordered in North America from April to July 2023, in comparison with the identical interval in 2022.”
A current Stanford College report exhibiting that 77 % of all robotic and cobot gross sales go to only 5 states (all within the automaker belt) have seemingly tanked together with gradual auto gross sales. With the low-hanging fruit from automaker gross sales drying up, some robotic and cobot distributors are lastly trying to SMEs to fill their order books.
With Japan’s 3.58 million SMEs making up 99.7 % of Japan’s corporations, ROBOCIP will make a concerted effort to draw them to robot-driven automation, which is far wanted experiences a current authorities white paper. Amongst Japan’s tens of millions of SMEs low productiveness hampers the financial development of the nation, cites the paper.
The same research directed on the U.S. and carried out by MIT’s Susanne Berger discovered the same low productiveness price amongst SMEs in U.S. manufacturing.
In each Japan and the U.S. the treatment for SME low productiveness was apparent: automation. For Japan, the introduction of ROBOCIP is thus very well timed.
Notable cobots at IREX
The winds of genAI (generative synthetic intelligence) are racing by means of the robotics trade, and each tradeshow appears to bear witness to the ocean change going down in robots and cobots. The brand new tech is not only fancy equipment for robots and cobots, they’re must-haves to compete, to be extra productive, and to succeed at digital automation.
Tokyo’s IREX was an ideal alternative for distributors to placed on show how they’ve converged their robotic and cobot traces with new-age know-how. Techman (Taiwan), Dobot (China), Elite (China), Common Robotic (Denmark), AUBO (China), and extra confirmed up. All of which inserts completely with the IREX present theme: “Sustainable Society Introduced by Robotics”.
Techman, is an apt instance of how the cobot trade has been trending because the introduction of the genAI period. Going ahead, a cobot can’t be only a easy cobot any longer. Rather more is anticipated of them, which is a well timed evolution of cobot capabilities anyway.
Techman, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Quanta, adopted others in getting beefier with a 25kg payload and 1,902 mm attain, but additionally brainier, with its TM AI Cobot S Collection throughout industrial purposes (discover the AI within the product title). Techman has teamed up with NVIDIA’s Isaac Sim to simulate, check and optimize its cobots as digital twins whereas utilizing NVIDIA AI and GPUs for coaching. Plus, utilizing NVIDIA’s Metropolis imaginative and prescient AI framework, Techman is now enabled for AOI (automated optical inspection). Even on mother or father Quanta’s personal electronics meeting traces, Techman with AOI is ideal for optimizing inspection workflows. Inspecting merchandise starting from auto components to circuit boards, the Techman’s imaginative and prescient AI can shortly establish defects.
So, whether or not intently inspecting electronics, tending a CNC machine, choosing from combined items to type and pack, or palletizing something from 3kg to 25kg, new-age cobots are versatile and good sufficient to do nearly any job. Expectations for cobots are sky excessive, and if they can not carry out, they’re gone! Cobots can’t simply lounge round any longer unchanged. At this time they’re on a high-tech treadmill that’s ramping up the benefit and velocity of getting issues completed in a rush.
See NVIDIA video under for an excellent have a look at new-age cobots at work.
As a part of the pattern to get extra brawn into its cobots Dobot showcased its newly-launched CRA sequence, which contains 7 robotic fashions with payloads from 3 kg to twenty kg and dealing radii from 620 mm to 1,700 mm. For instance, Dobot had its new CR20A palletizing resolution with 20 kg payload and 1700 mm attain on show.
On the brainier facet of issues was AMMR (Autonomous Cell Manipulator Robotic), “able to unrestricted mobility and integrating SLAM, laser navigation, and human-machine interplay for transportation and pick-and-place, that includes precision navigation, proactive security measures, and easy-to-use software program for protected collaborations.” Dobot stated that the CRA sequence redefines cobots and opens up new paths within the areas of industrial quality sorting, packaging, and welding in industries akin to automotive, family home equipment, logistics, and metalworking.”
Because the Boston Consulting Group has forecast, from right here to 2030, robots and cobots can be outlined by mobility and intelligence…and form the long run.
China’s cobot JAKA was in residence with a show of versatility. JAKA had 20 of its cobots internet hosting at 20 vendor producer cubicles. The 20 crimson and silver cobots had been tough to overlook within the sea of robots on the present ground.
AUBO, one other Chinese language cobot vendor, toted alongside its IP68 cobot exhibiting its submersed capabilities. Repeatedly dunking its head underwater on the AUBO sales space, the IP68 rated cobot can stay submerged for as much as half-hour in 1.5 meters of water. Seemingly, there’s a way forward for underwater work forward. Much more of a future for work in rivers and harbors if AUBO can lengthen its capabilities.
Cobot gross sales chief, Common Robots (UR), arguably the cobot that began your complete cobot trade, didn’t miss IREX. UR’s contribution to the four-day get together was its brawny boys, the 20kg and 30kg machines, persevering with the current pattern to essentially massive cobots.
Solely cobots brawnier than UR’s are FANUC’s newly revamped CR-35iB with a payload of 35kg or 50kg.
With IREX placing on its mega tradeshow each two years, we’ll have to attend for 2025 to see if a 100kg cobot has joined the cobot crowd. At 100kg can it nonetheless be known as a cobot?