Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020

The market for collaborative industrial robotic arms in the Chinese industrial sector is forecast to grow to almost $200 million, according to a report on ChinaDaily.com

Quoting statistics in the Blue Paper of the Cobots Industry for 2017 – a report produced by Universal Robots and the Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research Consulting Company – China Daily says the total market size for collaborative robots will exceed $196 million.

Small and medium-size businesses are expected to drive much of the growth. In total, some 12,000 units are forecast to be sold in China by 2020 – although this might sound like an understimate to some.  Continue reading Collaborative industrial robot market in China forecast to grow to almost $200 million by 2020

Hanwha Techwin shows off its new collaborative robots

Hanwha has been showing off its new collaborative robot, which it may utilise in its various automation projects going forward.

The company recently won a contract to provide a logistics automation facility for the Nexen Tire company’s planned factory in the Czech Republic.

Hanwha says it has made inroads into robotics because it had anticipated its importance.  Continue reading Hanwha Techwin shows off its new collaborative robots

P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

 

Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot Sawyer is being utilised by Spanish electronics manufacturer to achieve higher levels of consistency

P4Q, a Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, says it has increased production throughput by 25 percent by deploying smart, adaptable automation on the factory floor.

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is testing printed circuit boards and driving improvements in process consistency that are resulting in better part quality and overall production output, says the company.

P4Q has been looking to automate more of its factory for many years to improve efficiency and consistency, but traditional caged robots were unappealing due to high costs and employee safety concerns.  Continue reading P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages

 

Kawasaki Robotics has sold 2,000 units of its duAro dual-armed collaborative industrial robot in China, according to a report on Bloomberg.com

The company is now looking to increase sales to 5,000 units of duAro as the country’s industrial sector struggles with labour shortages.

As anomalous as it seems for a country with 1.4 billion people, China is facing labour shortages – believed to be caused by the one-child policy, introduced in 1979 when the country first started moving to a more capitalist-style economy.  Continue reading Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages

Moduform puts Rethink Robotics collaborative robot to work making furniture

Challenged with a hard-to-find human workforce, family owned company brings in a robot

Family-owned furniture manufacturer Moduform has given a job to Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer collaborative robot at its Fitchburg, Massachusetts facility.

Faced with a shortage of workers, Moduform brought in Sawyer to fill that gap.

The company says utilising the collaborative robot is also helping to improve innovation, create better jobs for existing employees and meet market demands in the furniture manufacturing industry.  Continue reading Moduform puts Rethink Robotics collaborative robot to work making furniture

ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to conduct classical music orchestra

ABB’s YuMi robot is to conduct a classical music orchestra in a performance in Italy tonight. 

The dual-armed collaborative robot will conduct a famous aria called La Donna è Mobile, from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.

The singer at the concert will be the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli.  Continue reading ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to conduct classical music orchestra

Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

Kuka says it is working on innovations and improvements which will lead to the replacement of its entire Agilus range by the end of this year.

Kuka says the small robots of the KR Agilus series already feature “impressive speed, extreme agility in confined spaces, short cycle times and maximum precision”.

But Kuka has now further developed the KR Agilus sixx.  Continue reading Kuka to replace entire Agilus range of small robots

Quanta Storage aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year

Quanta Storage, the company behind the Techman industrial robot, is aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year, according to a report on DigiTimes.com

The company is further planning to ship another 2,000 units in 2018, says the website.

Techman produces a range of collaborative robots. The TM5 has two models – one with a payload of 6 kg and another with a payload of 4 kg.  Continue reading Quanta Storage aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year

Doosan to launch collaborative robot

Doosan – a Korean company which supplies heavy industrial machinery and equipment used in the power generation, mining and other sectors – has launched a collaborative robot.

The move may be a surprise to some, and the company has yet to publish any information about the cobot on its website.

However, the KoreaHerald.com has published a story which includes a picture of the robot, although there’s not much more information about it.  Continue reading Doosan to launch collaborative robot

HRG Robotics unveils products and ‘Robotics Biosphere’ vision at World Robot Conference in China

HIT Robot Group, one of China’s leading robot manufacturers, unveiled more than 50 products and introduced its vision to build the “Robotics Biosphere” at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing.

The company announced that it has successfully laid the groundwork of a unique biosphere for global robotic innovation, entrepreneurship and industry.

In his keynote speech at WRC, the company’s senior vice president Yu Zhenzhong said: “HRG Robotics is committed to building an industrial incubation platform that encompasses the robotic sector as a whole so as to realize optimized integration of all resources based on industrial layouts.”  Continue reading HRG Robotics unveils products and ‘Robotics Biosphere’ vision at World Robot Conference in China

Kuka expected to roll out collaborative robot on autonomous platform in more factories

Kuka is expected to make its mobile collaborative robot available to more factories, partly as a result of its takeover by Midea, the Chinese home appliances manufacturer. 

Midea has many large factories where a mobile robot which can also pick and place objects would be very useful.

Kuka’s collaborative robot is called iiwa, and it’s already in use at various large companies, including automotive giant BMW.  Continue reading Kuka expected to roll out collaborative robot on autonomous platform in more factories

Norautron recruits ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to help with Abax electronics manufacturing

Norautron, an electronics manufacturer based in Norway, has invested in the ABB YuMi collaborative robot to help the company meet additional demands relating to a manufacturing agreement with Abax, a supplier of electronics for cars and other road vehicles. 

Norautron fully automatic robotic work cell is said to be able to manufacture, assemble, mark and pack four unique products.

With this new cell, hardware can be assembled in Norway at a competitive cost level, says the company.  Continue reading Norautron recruits ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to help with Abax electronics manufacturing

HMK claims new collaborative robot is world’s first to have integrated vision

Industrial automation company HMK has launched what it claims is the world’s first collaborative robot with integrated vision. 

UK-based HMK’s vision system is built into a robotic arm built by Techman Robot, a Taiwanese company.

HMK says its TM5 Cobot system “sets a new benchmark” in collaborative robotics because it merges systems that usually function separately in conventional robots.  Continue reading HMK claims new collaborative robot is world’s first to have integrated vision

ST Robotics launches ‘Workspace Sentry’ collaborative robot

ST Robotics has launched its “Workspace Sentry” collaborative robotics safety system.

The company says the cobot is specifically designed to meet the International Organization for Standardization Technical Specification 15066 on collaborative operation.

ST Robotics describes the new ISO/TS 15066 as a “game changer for the robotics industry”, as it provides guidelines for the design and implementation of a collaborative workspace that reduces risks to people.  Continue reading ST Robotics launches ‘Workspace Sentry’ collaborative robot