“One of our goals is to democratize robotics technologies for people who are not necessarily engineers or scientists,” says François Boucher, VP Sales and Marketing, Kinova. “It’s a hardened myth that robots are here to replace us. They’re actually here to assist us with repetitive, dull, or dangerous tasks while people can do value-added things.”
The Need for Flexible Robots
To remain competitive, many manufacturers are offering customized 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 specialized 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 offer 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 between 4.5kg and 8kg, and capable of lifting between 0.5 and 4kg, 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.
Interested in this solution or other Smart Services?
Philippe Ravix, XIoT Global Solution Leader
Charles Cote, North America and Latin America XIoT Solution Architect
Fabrice Robert, Head of Robotics as a Service (RAAS), Digital Engineering & Manufacturing Services
Learn more about the XIoT platform developed in collaboration with partner Intel.
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