“The best thing about the Capgemini XIoT platform is its versatility,” says Keith Blanchet, VP Global Sales and Innovation Director, Kinova. “It’s extremely open, like our hardware, so the robots can be adapted, making them ideal for use in assembly lines dealing with diverse products or tasks. They can also be integrated with other systems easily.”
The Need for Flexible Robots
To remain competitive, many manufacturers are offering customised products, and need to be productive and cost-effective when manufacturing at lower volumes. Robots can be used to increase productivity in manufacturing, but the typical robot is highly specialised for a particular task. It’s ill-suited to a manufacturing plant that might have 25 assembly lines, and produce a diverse range of different products.
Kinova, a leader in innovation robotics, creates robotic solutions that help researchers, medical professionals, businesses and educational institutions achieve their innovation goals. By partnering and collaborating with Capgemini, Kinova identified the opportunity for its robots to be used in industrial environments, and was able to adapt its robots and help Capgemini deliver Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS).
Kinova and Capgemini are pioneering a low-risk deployment model, called Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS). Taking inspiration from Software-as-a-Service and similar models, RaaS enables companies to acquire the robotics capabilities they need without making a heavy up-front investment. Weighing 5kg and capable of lifting up to 2kg, the robots assist employees with some of their most challenging tasks.
For manufacturing production lines, the service uses the XIoT platform, built in collaboration with Intel, and enables easy collaboration between operators, information systems and robots.
Working with Capgemini has enabled Kinova to transform its business to enter the industrial market, and Kinova is now hiring talent to grow its new division dedicated to the market. The companies are working together to explore new opportunities in Asia, Europe and North America.
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Philippe Ravix, XIoT Global Solution Leader
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Charles Cote, North America and Latin America XIoT Solution Architect
Fabrice Robert, Head of Robotics as a Service (RAAS), Digital Engineering & Manufacturing Services