Labor challenges and worker safety led to a rise in robot deployments in the past few years. More deployments, however, meant more integration challenges. Today, companies want their disparate robot fleets to work together. That means robots from different vendors are going to need to find common ground because their customers will demand it. Open Robotics’ Brian Gerkey will discuss how companies are addressing interoperability, and what options are available to vendors, end users, and integrators. Attendees will learn:
· The history of Open-RMF (Robotics Middleware Framework)
· Best practices in multiple vendor robot interoperability
· Future interoperability trends
Business intelligence is transforming all sectors of the economy, including the fulfillment warehouse. Robotics automation for warehouse operations generates large amounts data, which when captured, revealed, and analyzed, can be put to effective use to improve business productivity. In this revelatory keynote presentation, Locus Robotics CEO Rick Falk will describe how automation solutions can provide companies with various types of key business information, a valuable and actionable resource for business planning, operations optimization, labor management and more. He will also describe how real-time dashboards on the warehouse floor, along with executive reporting tools, provides for the data-driven decision making companies require to build the operational resilience required to effectively manage disruptions and excel in the future.
The recent pandemic turned our world outside down, professionally and personally. It also created opportunities for businesses and inspired engineers to think differently so they could bring innovative and life-saving products to market faster than ever before. Whether it was building robots that clean airports, cobot welders that meet staffing shortages or robots that bring food to waitstaff, designers were successfully leveraging digital product development platforms to collaborate globally, while working remotely.
Now that we are operating in a hybrid work environment, at least for the foreseeable future, how can companies and roboticists continue to leverage the product development ecosystem to accelerate innovation?
In this session, Jon Hirschtick will share:
· His entrepreneurial journey and how he continues to empower innovators
· Engineering best practices and lessons learned
· What’s next for product development and how companies can maintain a competitive edge
· How educators can prepare the next generation of engineers to meet the demands of today’s hyper-connected era
In this engaging session, Fady Saad, Co-Founder & Director of Partnerships for MassRobotics, a robotics innovation accelerator and commercialization hub, will review the global robotics investment landscape, revealing and analyzing key funding trends. Examples from recent robotics investments will be provided to highlight salient points. He will also describe the critical role entrepreneurship and innovation plays, both in small start-ups and large corporations.
Manufacturers of aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and other industrial equipment require large, automated manufacturing systems for painting, surface-finishing, inspection, and more. These systems often employ a gantry outfitted with an industrial manipulator to extend the work envelope over many meters. Due to their sheer size and associated costs, these systems must perform multiple operations to ensure adequate return on investment. Automating these large, multi-process-systems has challenges including motion planning for redundant kinematics, calibration of 3D scanning sensors, environment management, user-interface, and collision monitoring. In this session, Matthew Robinson ROS- Americas Program Manager at Southwest Research Institute, which manages the ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas, will share recent experiences with several complex automation systems for large-scale manufacturing that have recently been placed into production where ROS was used to enable and support new capabilities.
Engage with two robotics company executives who have traveled very different paths to successful product commercialization. Both companies develop and market robots for specific market segments. Learn how each company faced the challenge of successful commercialization and what support was most important in enabling their success. This session will be an interactive discussion with the audience.
You’ll learn strategies to:
· Introduce a robot into a new market
· How to generate market demand
· Sustain and meet the needs of current demand while expanding into other markets
AMR and AGV robots have become more prevalent in the commercial, consumer, and business markets over the last several decades. From simple home cleaning robots to more complex medical and industrial systems, AMRs and AGVs have helped organizations augment manpower and reduce cost in their operations. Designing and implementing the right power system is critical to take advantage of these business savings.
This presentation will review several different AMR and AGV applications and the requirements that each of these applications place on the power system when in use. The presentation will review the design considerations for application that should be considered when designing the power system and then provide the features of the optimal system design for each of these applications. In addition, the pros and cons of various battery chemistry systems available to the designer will be reviewed, as well as additional hardware and software features that, when implemented, can provide additional benefit to the business.