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Micropsi Industries makes its AI-powered robot controller hardware agnostic

Micropsi Industries’ artificial intelligence-powered robot control software Mirai, which helps automate complex tasks too difficult or costly to automate with traditional programming, will soon be accessible for all robot users.

Previously compatible exclusively with Universal Robots and Fanuc robots, Mirai will be available for Kuka robots in early Q4, followed by other collaborative robots (cobots) and industrial robots as requested.

Using AI, Mirai generates robot movements directly and in real time. Robot skills (or specific tasks) are trained, not programmed, in a few days through human demonstration, without users needing programming or AI knowledge.

To start, the robot is repeatedly shown both a task and the environment with the help of a camera that is typically mounted on the robot’s wrist. The recorded movements are then transformed into a skill capable of handling variances and dynamic environmental conditions.

Prof Dominik Bösl, CTO of Micropsi Industries, says: “Our new integration with Kuka expands the number of users who can use Mirai to automate applications that were previously not feasible or cost-effective to automate such as cable insertion, gear picking or leak testing.

“And this is just the beginning as we continue to push the boundaries of automation. By making Mirai available to all automation professionals, regardless of the robot platform they prefer, they can create flexible and high-performing robotic movement without the need for expensive and difficult coding.”

Kuka leaders recognize benefits Mirai offers. Christian Felkel, vice president of industry management electronics at Kuka, says: “With innovative technologies like Mirai, our customers benefit from even more versatility to automate applications they couldn’t automate before.

“With Mirai, they can now automate these applications much faster and more affordably than possible with other programming.”

Collaboration with integration software partner expands Mirai offering

To become vendor agnostic, Micropsi Industries partnered with integration software company voraus robotik. With this collaboration, Mirai will essentially enable all 6-axis robots and other kinematics, including cobots and industrial robots, to handle variances and dynamic environmental conditions such as light changes, oil and rust.

Micropsi Industries’ customers such as ZF, Siemens Energy, and BSH Hausgeräte have already solved complex automation tasks with Mirai.

Robot users also benefit from a user-friendly no-code programming interface and an integrated development environment for individual extensions. Customers requesting Mirai-controlled solutions for specific robots they prefer can expect to receive the systems within a few weeks.

Dr Jens Kotlarski, founder and CEO of voraus robotik, says: “By combining Micropsi Industries AI-powered control system with our agnostic integration with any robot, automating dynamic production environments will no longer pose a challenge.

“We have found a strong partner in Micropsi Industries to take robotics and automation to the next level together.”

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