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Shaping innovation: Comau launches sustainable advanced automation solutions at Automatica 2023

28 June 2023

From June 27 to June 30 in Munich, Germany, Comau will unveil its advanced solutions to increase the efficiency of solar panel installation, a new wearable exoskeleton capable of assisting the lower body during bending, lifting and repetitive tasks, and a mobile robotics solution for unstructured environments to achieve both higher productivity and quality — all of which are making a worldwide debut at Automatica 2023 (Booth B4 — 109). Comau’s unique approach is making advanced automation increasingly simple, intuitive and accessible.

Automatica is the perfect place to launch Comau’s new wearable exoskeleton, developed with IUVO and in collaboration with Esselunga, both as an early adopter and a validation and testing partner. The new lumbar exoskeleton is capable of assisting the lower body during bending, lifting and repetitive tasks. Lightweight, highly breathable and able to withstand extreme outdoor elements including corrosive marine environments, MATE-XB further confirms Comau’s commitment to wearable robotics, as the company now covers both upper and lower body support needs.

To increase the on-site installation of solar panels at new and existing photovoltaic plants, Comau will unveil its Hyperflex mobile outdoor factory. Representing a new paradigm in automation, the patented, robotizedHyperflex mobile outdoor factory. Source: ComauHyperflex mobile outdoor factory. Source: Comau solution directly assembles tracker components in the photovoltaic field, helping facilitate green energy production while improving process quality, overall productivity and operator working conditions.

In addition, Comau will show how it is shaping innovation with an unprecedented autonomous mobile welding system. Considered a new paradigm in bringing automation to an unstructured environment, it was co-developed with an important partner and can be used for various applications in multiple industries. Indeed, the two companies will unveil the cutting edge mobile robotic solution at a dedicated press event scheduled June 28 at Automatica.

The company will also demonstrate how Intrinsic Flowstate, a web-based developer tool for robotic solutions development, is accelerating automation by making robots more intelligent, easier to program and readily accessible to any industry. Comau is a longstanding innovation partner of Intrinsic and has helped to scope, test and validate Flowstate. The implementation and integration of Intrinsic’s advanced software capabilities will enable Comau to easily develop scalable, cost-effective solutions and pre-configured application templates that can be used to quickly deploy new or modified solutions.

Comau’s customers will benefit from capabilities such as object pose estimation, automatic path planning with collision avoidance, controlled moves until contact, peg-in-hole applications and force-sensing assemblies. The software platform from Intrinsic will help drive robotics adoption and cost-effectiveness by helping companies in many industries access modern automation that can be easily deployed.

Furthermore, the collaboration between Intrinsic and Comau will be showcased in Intrinsic’s booth (Booth B4 — 310, next to Comau’s booth) with a dedicated assembly station and Comau robots used for applications with real-time, sensor-based control. The first demo will demonstrate how Intrinsic Flowstate was used to design and program a solution for the assembly of rigid components — using an artificial intelligence (AI)-based vision system, force-controlled insertion and robotic path planning with collision avoidance. The second demo uses a Comau Racer-7 robot able to switch online smoothly from a force-torque sensor to a laser range finder to follow an irregular surface.

Comau’s advanced automation solutions are being applied to very complex and nonlinear processes in an open and intuitive way by leveraging enhanced vision systems, sensors, neural networks and its powerful robot control interface. Two concrete examples, on display at Automatica for the first time, are the MI.RA/Picker and MI.RA/Depalletizer solutions, which have been designed to automate product sorting, receiving and picking operations that are typically performed manually due to the high variability of parts and products. By automatically detecting and distinguishing between items, the advanced industrial robotic systems allow companies to streamline their processes, improve their flexibility and minimize production losses.

Connected to MI.RA/Depalletizer, it will also feature Comau in.Grid, a proprietary internet of things (IoT) solution for data collection and line/cell//product/process monitoring.

Finally, the company will present its vast e-Mobility offering, which includes automating manual processes and application areas that have been largely inaccessible with traditional robotic technologies, including cell formation, battery dismantling and battery repurposing processes.

Similarly, Comau will display a highly effective robotic welding training solution based on its e.DO educational robot and Seabery Soldamatic technology. The innovative simulated learning module is a direct response to the prohibitive characteristics of traditional welding training, which is costly, time-consuming and requires dedicated safety equipment. By providing a multi-sensory interface that includes sight, sound and touch, the highly calibrated and parameterized system creates the most realistic welding training experience aside from actual welding.​

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