RoboPro Magazine, together with the organisers of automatica 2018 which takes place in Munich between 19 and 22 of June, casts an eye over some of the companies which will be attending this prestigious industry event. Here we look at Robotiq.
Flexible robot grippers
Founded in 2008 in Canada by Samuel Bouchard (CEO), Vincent Duchaine and Jean-Philippe Jobin (CTO), Robotiq’s core business is the manufacture of flexible robot grippers, sensors and vision systems. The goal is to make automation easy, fast and accessible to global manufacturersand SMEs without the need of extensive technical knowledge, leading to a quick ROI.
Principal products are flexible electric robot grippers, force torque sensor, vision systems, real-time robot monitoring software, readyto-use, downloadable robotic programs.
The product’s principal features are easy to install, simple to program, Plug + Play, can grip parts of many different sizes and can bring the senses of touch and vision to robots. The focus is on human-robot collaboration, software applications to accelerate robot projects and the optimization of robotperformance.
The sales channel is a global network of distributors of over 40 countries.
Robotiq is looking forward to attending automatica 2018, but would not be drawn on what it attends to exhibit, preferring to keep its cards close to their chest.
When the company was asked about how is the digital transformation in manufacturing affecting their own business, it said: “Right now, digital transformation allows us to provide answers to the question: How is your production robot today? In fact, manufacturers put collaborative robots on the floor after doing their math, when they’re sure that ROI will be reached in a decent period of time.
“But now is the time to know the exact performance of the robot, to be aware of each unplanned stop so that we can get back to production faster. Our robot monitoring software, Insights, was built to track performance and see trends to optimize production and minimize downtime.”
As to why Robotiq thinks the event attracts visitors from all sectors of production – from automobile to food and drink – it replied: “Automation isevolving fast and the various technologies answer to different needs in all those sectors of production. Plus, with demographics that predict a massive labor shortage in many top industrial countries in the next 10 years, automation in general is an interesting alternative to help close the skills gap.”
Moving onto the question as to what they hope to achieve by exhibiting at the event, Robotiq said: “Manufacturers struggle to put robots to work in their factory because it’s still considered too costly and too complicated.
We continue to establish Robotiq as a complete solution, with tools and know-how to simplify collaborative robot applications. We strive to get factories to start production faster, and our automatica goals are built towards this!”