Universal Robots has partnered its distributor Skymech Automation & Engineering (SKYMECH) to develop industrial robot applications that will benefit small and medium-sized enterprises in Singapore.
Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and SPRING Singapore, the partnership aims to spearhead the development of the robotic industry in the republic, and promote enterprise development.
The first two applications to be developed through the collaboration are the vision pick & place, as well as machine tending apps for the precision engineering sector. The former involves robots being equipped with cameras or vision sensors, allowing them to pick parts in unknown orientations. Meanwhile, the machine trending app enables robots to pick up raw materials and feed them to a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine. Once the desired task has been completed, the CNC machine will send a signal to the robot for unloading.
According to Universal Robots, the deployment of these apps would help improve the productivity of industry users handling precise parts and processes. Operators with no prior engineering experience will also be able to programme the robots easily, thanks to an intuitive built-in interface.
To facilitate the uptake of these applications, they will be showcased in Universal Robot's Singapore office from January 2016 onwards. Based on the project schedule, five apps are set to roll out after each cycle of 12 months. This project will also see the launch of a series of technical workshops and seminars that will be publicly open to those interested in learning more about new technologies and how to apply them into their everyday work environment.
"Together with SKYMECH, we are excited to work alongside EDB and SPRING Singapore to widen the current pool of robot applications as well as encourage local enterprises to enhance their processes using robotic automation," said Shermine Gotfredsen, Universal Robot's APAC General Manager. "This will make the technology increasingly accessible for companies across many sectors to deploy industrial robots for various functions. As a result, we hope to see more businesses adopting industrial robots in the future."
"Universal Robots' plan to develop new industrial robot applications for SMEs using its collaborative robots is in line with Singapore's efforts to partner robot manufacturers and system integrators to develop a diverse range of affordable robotic solutions that can meet the needs of our industries. Through this, we hope to see more companies here adopting robotic solutions to enhance their competitiveness," said Ralph Foong, Director of Precision Engineering at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
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