Innorobo 2018, 15-17 May, Paris, France

RobotWorld 2017: South Korea aims to take the collaborative robotics market by storm

RobotWorld, South Korea’s premier robotics event, has just closed the doors on its 2017 edition. Innorobo was on hand to bring you all the latest news from this country, the world leader in terms of robot density (i.e. the number of robots per 10,000 workers), a key player in service robotics, and among the global front-runners in Consumer Electronics.

It has now been more than 10 years since South Korea began building momentum in the robotics sphere, bolstered by an ambitious governmental plan. The main focus was on service robotics, and in particular on education in order to ensure medium to long-term leadership in international robotics.  Competitive analysis showed that one neighboring country, Japan, already held a dominant position in the so-called “traditional” industrial robotics market, a mature market that it was difficult to break into with the aim of becoming the leader. China had not yet embarked on its proactive robotics development drive (e.g. Made in China 2025, the Belt & Road Initiative and the 13th Five-Year Plan). South Korea thus decided to invest its energies in becoming the leader on the emerging service robotics market.

Several impressive crown jewels emerged from this strategy. One example is Yujin Robotics, whose robot vacuum cleaner technology was chosen by Miele, and which is currently launching its GoCart robots that deliver meals at hospitals. Another firm, Robotis, is a world leader in educational and hobby robots thanks to its world-renowned Dynamixel programmable actuators. Nearly 400 companies, most of which are SMEs, have been founded or have grown significantly thanks to this national initiative, which has benefitted from long-term support.

Yet, service robotics has proven slow in transforming into a true market despite strong growth rates. Time is needed to build a complete value chain. It must be noted that, worldwide, things are taking longer than planned and that, for the time being, service robotics remains an emerging market in many fields of application.

As well, service robotics technologies such as sensors for indoor mobility in human environments, human-robot interfaces, more intuitive programming and others have become a centerpiece of industrial robotics with the creation of a new type of robot, the cobot. Here, South Korea saw an opportunity to become the leader in this new emerging collaborative robotics market.

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RobMoSys project – Models and Software for Robotics – Call for projects

RobMoSys’ goal: to boost software development for robotics.

 

How?

By defining a common method and environment for affordable software of certifiable quality, and by involving the whole robotics community.

 

The project

The goal is ambitious: up to now, there have been lots of software development platforms for robotics, and they often depend on the robot type (service robot, cobot, field robot, …) and its environment (cage-robot, outdoor, within occupied environment, …). Thus, platforms maintenance and robots development costs and efforts are huge.

In order to reduce costs while increasing quality, the project is going to create a common development platform based on composable software models. This platform will be built upon existing ones and will enhance them while preserving their independence and specificity. It will thus provide software components “on-the-shelf” with a detailed description (behavior, maturity, usage constraints, …) and which are reusable from a robot to another. For instance, an integrator will be able to integrate into his own environment a module that was developed in another given environment (e.g. ROS, Yarp, SmartSoft, MOOS, Orocos, Reflexxes, MoveIT,…), thanks to platform-independent models and proper bridges.

So as to reach the whole robotics community, the project will involve as many actors as possible: robots designer and end-users, integrators, software developers, researchers, etc. For that, half of RobMoSys budget (i.e. €4 Million) is dedicated to sub-project funding (“open-calls”) available to everyone.

First open call: end of June. To be followed on RobMoSys website: robmosys.eu.

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Ascodero

www.ascodero.com

City: Bray-sur-Somme – FRANCE

Application market: Industry 4.0  / Medical & Health / Field robotics

Booth: Q01

 

Company

ASCODERO Productique® (ASsemblage, COmposite, DEtection, RObotique) is your partner for the production of your production means, we are “Automation Designer”. We do not spas an engineering office but a process office. We are highly oriented INNOVATION and are active in many fields of activity such as Aeronautics, Food, Automotive, Equipment, Luxury, Railway, Pharmacy, Textile, etc. ..

 

 

Products & Services @Innorobo

Our dynamism is resolutely oriented towards customer satisfaction, synonymous with careful and effective treatment of the needs expressed. We position ourselves as a prime contractor, ASCODERO Productique integrates creativity and rigor to solve your specific needs, it is our rule of the 4 C “Understand, Advise, Design and all that perfect Privacy” and under our ISO quality reference 9001. Our partners and suppliers of proximity guarantee us a maximum reactivity and an exemplary quality of work.

Our technical expertise is carefully maintained by an unceasing technological watch. Our premises have a test laboratory for feasibility demonstration studies, where you will find FANUC and ABB robots, COGNEX ® and DATALOGIC® vision (others if necessary), OMRON ®, SIEMENS ®, ALAN BRADLEY®, SCHENEIDER electric® and, if required, NORDSON ® bonding equipment with our “Composit SOFT” continuous metering machines, MAPE-RGA ® cutting and grinding equipment. Water jet cutting, laser engraving and cutting TROTEC®, VIDO JET®, TECHNOMARK®, BRANSON® ultrasonic welding, and many other technologies. Whatever your project, we will find the solution adapted to your request.

 

Robotips

www.robotips.fr

City: Clermont-Ferrand – FRANCE

Booth: R16

 

Association

Robotips is an association of robotic enthusiasts who like to design their robots from the circuit to the mechanics by writing the whole code. One of the flagship projects is a fast exploratory robot deltaTips, a fleet of swarmTips micro-robots or a squareTips cubic robot. All our projects are freely available on our robotips.fr website.

 

 

 

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Sanbot from Qihan Technology Co. Ltd. has powerful AI and machine-learning capabilities

Sanbot is an intelligent, cloud-enabled robot developed and produced by QIHAN Technology. Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, QIHAN is a company focused on innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and video analysis.

QIHAN will take the Sanbot intelligent robot to Innorobo, which will be held on May 16-18th, 2017. Innorobo is one of the largest events to gather various professional robotics companies and leaders that are relevant to hi-tech robotics. QIHAN has been exploring new opportunities for collaboration with diverse and pioneering partners from all over the world. Innorobo is a perfect platform to let Sanbot show its robotics innovations to the European market.

 

Sanbot comes with reliable components and systems from international hi-tech giants. IBM Watson powers Sanbot’s artificial intelligence capabilities, enabling her to speak most of the commonly used languages around the world. In addition, Sony manufactured the forward-sensing cameras; Sharp supplied the 10.1 inch 1080P touchscreen that rests on her chest. And, QIHAN Technology is seeking more chances to cooperate with international hi-tech giants to benefit peoples’ lives.

 

 

Sanbot’s powerful AI and machine-learning capabilities will allow businesses to deliver richer and more interactive services that will increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. With an open API that enables developers to build Android applications, Sanbot can be developed for industry-specific applications in retail, hospitality, education, and healthcare.

 

  • Retail: Sanbot is a shopping interpreter and guide, helping the human staff at shopping malls, supermarkets, other retail stores, and more.
  • Hospitality: Sanbot offers intelligent customer reception services for lobbies in hotels, banks, tax halls, and more.
  • Education: Sanbot is capable of teaching any level of education including kids, high school students, and university students.
  • Healthcare: Sanbot can help comfort and entertain the elderly at home, reduce queuing time at hospitals, and contribute some initial diagnostics for the doctors in hospitals and clinics

QIHAN Technology has released a series of solutions applied to different scenarios since Sanbot’s debut in 2016. Sanbot robots are already helping with customs inspections, nursing care, banks, airports, coffee shops, and more. Sanbot will soon help thousands of families and various scenarios such as shopping malls, hotels, classrooms, and hospitals. Sanbot’s proprietary solutions will increasingly utilize next-generation robotics and artificial intelligent technologies to help improve the lives of its customers.

 

Sanbot’s features:

  • Cloud-based artificial intelligence platform that supports machine-learning, facial and 3D image recognition, and semantic comprehension
  • Proprietary tri-polar system architecture – which means it comprises of robot, private cloud, and a mobile application – meaning users can control Sanbot from mobile devices like smart phones or tablets
  • Open API to support the development of Android apps and deployment in new environments
  • Ability to detect obstacles, human, and other objects via infrared sensors
  • Other sensors allow Sanbot to detect a nearby user, read gestures and facial expressions. Sanbot can also respond to complex voice commands
  • Full suite of audio-visual devices including a 10.1 inch 1080P touchscreen display and a built-in 1920 x 720 HD projector
  • 811 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards with ZigBee connectivity
  • 0Ah/300W lithium battery allows Sanbot a running time of four hours and twenty hours for standby mode
  • Self-charging function: Sanbot finds and moves to charging station itself
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Safer approaches to robot navigation and collision avoidance

Challenging the conventional

Terabee is a sensor and sensing solutions company prepared to challenge the status quo and think outside the box. With a background in lightweight mobile robotics, Terabee created the TeraRanger brand of distance sensors to meet the demands of fast-moving air and ground robots, including navigation and anti-collision. And whilst sensor hardware is important, it is not the only consideration in creating safe and robust solutions.

 

Plug and play multi-axis sensing

Terabee has always focussed on developing sensors and solutions that are small and lightweight and with high data refresh rates. A TeraRanger One for example weighs just 8g, and has data refresh rates as high as 1000 readings per second. But knowing many in the robotics world would often need to use multiple sensors at the same time, we also designed-in support for multi-sensor, multi-axis requirements. Using a central ‘hub’ we can connect up to eight sensors to provide a simple to use, plug and play approach for simultaneous multi-sensor applications. By controlling the sequence in which sensors are fired (along with some other parameters) we are able to limit, or eliminate, the potential for sensor cross-talk and then stream an array of calibrated distance values in millimetres, at high speed. From a user’s’ perspective this is about as simple as it gets, since the hub also centralises power management.

 

There’s no need to get in a spin!

Using that same concept we developed a new approach to LiDAR scanning too – not just from a hardware point of view (although that is also different) but from a conceptual approach too. We’ve taken the same philosophy of small size, lightweight sensors with very high refresh rates and applied that to create a new style of static LiDAR. Rather than rotating a sensor or using other mechanical methods to move a beam, TeraRanger Tower simultaneously monitors eight axis (or more if you stack multiple units together) and streams an array of data at up to 270Hz!

 

Challenging the point-cloud conundrum

With no motors or other moving parts the hardware itself has many advantages, being silent, lightweight and robust, but there is also a secondary benefit from the data. Traditional thinking amongst the robotics community is that to perform navigation, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) and collision avoidance you have to “see” everything around you. Subsequently people focus on complicated solutions – like stereo vision – gathering millions of data points which then requires complex and resource-hungry processing. The complexity of the solution – and of the algorithms – has the potential to create many failure modes. Our approach is different in that, we monitor fewer points, but we monitor them at very fast refresh rates to ensure that what we think we see, is really there. As a result we build less intense point clouds, but with very reliable data. This then requires less complex algorithms and processing and can be done with lighter-weight computing. The result is a more robust, and potentially safer solution, especially when you can make some assumptions about your environment, or harness odometry data to augment the LiDAR data. Many times we were told you could never do SLAM monitoring just eight points, but we proved that wrong!

 

Recently we mounted a TeraRanger Tower to a drone to show that a static LiDAR can also be used for drone anti-collision. For more information, see us at Innorobo, visit www.teraranger.com or email teraranger@terabee.com.

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Recruitment BALYO : Project Manager Germany (m/f)

What: CDI

Where: Aschaffenburg

Company

The demand for automated industrial trucks is growing steadily. Linde Material Handling and robotics specialist Balyo have entered into a strategic partnership in February 2015.

With this cooperation, Linde MH intensifies its activities in the field of robotic industrial trucks, while Balyo aims to achieve a significant market penetration for its innovative technological solutions. The two companies collaborate in development, manufacture and sales under the umbrella of “Linde robotics”, which is expected to extend Linde MH’s solution expertise in this field. Robots driven by Balyo´s exclusive technology will be integrated in standard Linde warehouse products with very advanced security solutions.

A comprehensive software suite ensures a full integration in the warehouse environment.

Responsibilities

  • Support to the Business Development and close cooperation with the Business Development
  • Manager of Linde MH
  • Creation and management of master and detailed schedules
  • Management of customer relationships and project partners
  • Preparation and documentation of customer specification according to the Balyo standard
  • Use of the Balyo Project Management Standard (BPMS) to manage the various projects
  • Management of internal project tasks: development manufacturing, validations, etc.
  • Organization and management of installations, including Factory Acceptance Tests and Site Acceptance Tests
  • Follow up of project budgets
  • Leading a project team of two to three Balyo employees plus cross-functions (R&D, production, purchasing) and subcontractors

Profile

  • Engineering Master´s degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics or computer science
  • 3 to 8 years of experience in complex Industrial projects (Industrial Robotics, Automotive, Aeronautics)
  • Entrepreneurship, open to work in the field, leadership and autonomy, team spirit
  • Strong communications skills
  • Broad technical understanding, e.g. mechatronics, electronics, industrial software development
  • Profound French or English language skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently (approx.. 2 days per week) within Germany and to the French HQ of Balyo

Contact: rachel.kness@balyo.com

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Recruitment BALYO : Field Engineer APAC (M/F)

What: CDI

Where: Singapore

Company

The demand for automated industrial trucks is growing steadily. Linde Material Handling and robotics specialist Balyo have entered into a strategic partnership in February 2015.

With this cooperation, Linde MH intensifies its activities in the field of robotic industrial trucks, while Balyo aims to achieve a significant market penetration for its innovative technological solutions. The two companies collaborate in development, manufacture and sales under the umbrella of “Linde robotics”, which is expected to extend Linde MH’s solution expertise in this field. Robots driven by Balyo´s exclusive technology will be integrated in standard Linde warehouse products with very advanced security solutions.

A comprehensive software suite ensures a full integration in the warehouse environment.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare installation parameters  Develop the software of the solution
  • Proceed to tests for the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT)
  • Installation on customer site (map creation, path/routes drawing, communication tests, …)
  • Test and validation of the entire solution during a Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) and commissioning
  • Regular reporting to the project manager of the set-up progress
  • Train end-user customer
  • Software and hardware maintenance

Profile

  • Engineering Master´s degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics or Computer Science
  • A first experience in Software development and/or installation experience in complex industrial projects (Industrial Robotics, Automotive, Aeronautics) will be an asset
  • Willing to technical challenge and complex problem solving
  • Good knowledge in programing language (C, robotic language, Matlab)
  • Open to work in the field, rigorous, organize and autonomous
  • Customer oriented, good communications skills
  • English perfectly fluent § Profound French or Chinese language skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently in Asia and to the French HQ of Balyo

Contact: rachel.kness@balyo.com

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Recruitment BALYO : Field Engineer Germany (M/F)

What: CDI

Where: Aschaffenburg

Company

The demand for automated industrial trucks is growing steadily. Linde Material Handling and robotics specialist Balyo have entered into a strategic partnership in February 2015. With this cooperation, Linde MH intensifies its activities in the field of robotic industrial trucks, while Balyo aims to achieve a significant market penetration for its innovative technological solutions. The two companies collaborate in development, manufacture and sales under the umbrella of “Linde robotics”, which is expected to extend Linde MH’s solution expertise in this field.

Robots Driven by Balyo´s exclusive technology will be integrated in standard Linde warehouse products with very advanced security solutions. A comprehensive software suite ensures a full integration in the warehouse environment.

The first joint customer projects are expected to start end of 2016.

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of installation settings (code development, parameters, etc…)
  • Test plan preparation: Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) and Site Acceptance Test (SAT)
  • Proceed the tests for the Factory Acceptance Test at Balyo
  • Installation on customer site (map creation, path/routes drawing, communication tests, …)
  • Test and validation of the entire solution during a Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) and commissioning
  • Regular reporting to the project manager of the set-up progress
  • Train end-user customer

Profile

  • Engineering Master´s degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics or computer science
  • From new graduates to 3 years of experience in complex Industrial projects (Industrial Robotics, Automotive, Aeronautics)
  • Embedded software development skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • German native or perfectly fluent speaking
  • Profound French or English language skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently (80% of the time) within Germany and to the French HQ of Balyo

Contact: rachel.kness@balyo.com

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