Hannover Messe is fast approaching, and with more than 5,000 exhibitors and 200,000 attendees you are bound to feel lost. Therefore, by focusing on one of the trending themes this year – “Cobots”, our team has selected 10 of the most interesting stands which feature both cobot and robotic technologies and solutions.
Cobots extend the capabilities of traditional robotics technologies by functioning in a collaborative manner with humans, providing them not only with a more efficient workflow, but also with a safer environment when compared to their not-collaborative counterparts. Cobots, along with related robots and software solutions, constitute the top 10 stands that you should visit during your stay at Hannover Messe:
10.Stäubli Tec-Systems Robotics
Founded in 1892, Switzerland, Stäubli is a mechatronics company in the areas of textile machinery, quick coupling systems and industrial robots. A wide selection of robots is bound to be seen at their stand – from paint, to SCARA (assembly and handling robots, SCARA stands for ‘Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arms’) and cleanroom robots. Cleanroom robots exhibit a high potential for use in pharmaceutical and related industries which require strict maintenance of airborne particle levels to help minimalize the risks of additional contamination.
To learn more about Cleanroom robots, you can visit Stäubli’s stand (Hall 17, Stand C13) at the Hannover Messe.
For more about Stäubli Tec-Systems you can visit their website here.
Founded in Germany in 1985, Isra Vision is a provider of automation solutions and image processing products in the field of Machine Vision, more specifically – Robot Vision, Surface Vision and Quality Inspection. One of the products that they will be showcasing for Hannover Messe 2018 is IntelliPICK3D – a 3D bin picking system. By using 3D CAD data, IntelliPICK3D is able to work with objects in complex and different shapes and identify their exact position in a bin.
To learn more about IntelliPICK3D you can visit Isra Vision’s stand (Hall 17, Stand D18) at Hannover Messe.
For more about ISRA VISION you can visit their website here.
Epson, or Seiko Epson Corporation was founded in 1942 in Japan. Originally started as a watchmaking factory, Epson is now a worldwide manufacturer of electronic components, printers and similar imaging related equipment, and industrial automation equipment. What sparks interest around Epson’s attendance for this year’s Hannover Messe is its assembly and handling robots (SCARA robots). Epson SCARA Light LS, for example, is a great addition to environments, which have previously been reserved for robots with less flexibility or linear systems. The robot comes with an Epson controller that can operate as a controller of multiple robots and peripherals. Additionally, the robot comes with a development software and a simulator.
To learn more about Epson SCARA Light LS you can visit Epson’s stand (Hall 17, Stand B14) at Hannover Messe.
For more about Epson Europe you can visit their website here.
Universal Robots is a Danish manufacturer of lightweight cobots, founded in 2005. The company’s product named UR10 is claimed to be ‘the largest industrial robotic arm’ which can lift up to 10kg and have a reach of 1,300mm. The arm itself weighs 28.9 kg and can replace human operators in jobs which involves putting humans in danger. It is equipped to perform tasks which require heavy-weight collaboration, as well as ones which are conducted over a large area.
To learn more about U10 you can visit Universal Robots’ stand (Hall 17, Stand B32) at Hannover Messe.
For more about Universal Robots you can visit their website here.
Founded in 2016 in Switzerland, ANYbotics develops mobile legged robots, designed to operate in-and outside of factories. An interesting exhibit Hannover Messe 2018 is the company’s ANYmal – an autonomously operating multi-purpose four-legged robot which is suited for inspection and manipulation tasks. Examples include transportation on rough terrains or perimeter surveillance.
To learn more about ANYmal you can visit ANYbotics’ stand (Hall 2, Stand C39) at Hannover Messe.
For more about ANYbotics you can visit their website here.
Founded in 1933 in Japan, Omron is known in the field of automotive, electronics and industrial automation component production. This year, their key exhibit will be the robot Forpheus, which is ‘the world’s first table tennis tutor’. Forpheus uses image detection and trajectory prediction, which enables it to serve, predict a smash, and even make sounds for the purposes of a more realistic and enjoyable experience. AI and Machine Learning help the robot to evaluate and adjust to the opponent’s skill level based on his or her movements throughout the game.
To learn more about Forpheus you can visit Omron’s stand (Hall 9, Stand F24) at Hannover Messe.
For more about Omron you can visit their website here.
Founded in Germany in 1945 as a mechanical workshop, SCHUNK is now a multinational manufacturing company. Highlight of their stand at this year’s Hannover Messe will be the new SCHUNK Co-act EGP-C gripper. Co-act EGP-C is claimed to be ‘the first certified industrial gripper for collaborative operation’ and comes with the approval of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). It is a 2-finger parallel gripper, capable of moving small to medium-sized objects with an adjustable gripping force in four stages. The gripper is applicable in clean environment conditions, such as laboratories where it can perform tasks like testing and assembly, as well as sensitive workpieces handling.
To learn more about Co-act EGP-C you can visit SCHUNK’s stand (Hall 17, Stand B40) at Hannover Messe.
For more about SCHUNK you can visit their website here.
Founded in 2008, Rethink Robotics is a US-based company known for collaborative robots. Its cobot named Sawyer is designed to perform circuit board testing, machine tending and other tasks that would be difficult for a regular industrial robot.
To learn more about Sawyer you visit Rethink Robotics’ stand (Hall 17, Stand C14) at Hannover Messe.
For more about Rethink Robotics you can visit their website here.
Alongside thousands of exhibitors, Hannover Messe is a space of numerous events like conferences, speeches and award ceremonies. Make sure to visit last year’s winner of the applied robotics award (sponsored by the Robotation Academy and the trade journal ‘Industrieanzeiger’) – fleXstructures, a German based engineering, software developer and distribution company. The company’s award-winning solution will be on display at the Hannover Messe 2018 as well. IPS Robot Optimization is a software solution developed in partnership with Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre that enables automatic task planning, line balancing and sequencing, leading to a faster and more flexible robot programming.
To learn more about IPS Robot Optimization you can visit fleXstructures’ stand (Hall 6, Stand A30) at Hannover Messe.
For more about fleXstructures you can visit their website here.
“iintelligence 4.0_beyond automation” is KUKA’s motto this year to highlight its expertise in automation combined with AI, deep learning and cloud analytics. KUKA, a German company, founded in 1898, is a global giant in the manufacturing of industrial robotics. One of the products in focus for Hannover Messe 2018 is the independent lightweight robot LBR iiwa. LBR stands for lightweight-robot in German, iiwa represents “intelligent industrial work assistant” in the robot’s name. It is a HRC (human-robot-collaboration) robot and was designed to perform highly sensitive tasks in close cooperation with their human counterparts.
To learn more about LBR iiwa you can visit KUKA’s stand (Hall 17, Stand G04) at Hannover Messe.
For more about KUKA you can visit their website here.
The Frenus team will be present at the Hannover Messe, and will always be up for fruitful discussions on the topic of industrial robotics. Frenus is a market intelligence and consulting company, which fields of expertise cover Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, Predictive Maintenance and others. Our team of market experts is dedicated to helping clients find the best possible way to advance their strategic business goals.
To learn more about Frenus and the services that we provide, visit us at Hannover Messe – Hall 007, Stand E13!
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