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New partnership proving high variability no obstacle to rapid automation

Updated: 2 days ago

Our recent collaboration with an industrial parts manufacturer is proving that high levels of variability are no obstacle to achieving rapid automation of production.

Extend Robotics visit at Addwerk

Addwerk is a manufacturer in the most modern of senses, using state of the art 3D printing technology to high quality produce end-use industrial parts. What makes Addwerk such an ideal test case is the company’s approach to automation; their ambitious goal is to have a fully automated factory workshop that can 24/7 without any human intervention.

The challenge facing Addwerk is their ability to introduce new and highly customised industrial parts into their production lines as quickly as possible.

Lluis Planella Pares, CEO and founder at Addwerk explained:

“The main problem that we have is a lot of orders with different parts – very variable parts – that need to be post processed and delivered at high speed and at a high rate, and we need to sort them as automatically as possible.”

addwerk components

This new partnership is addressing this challenge head-on, specifically with the sorting processes.

Even with steady growth in industrial robotics usage, typically the automation of sorting with such a high level of variability would involve specialist programming knowledge and the time to reprogramme hardware.

In comparison, Extend Robotics’ solution provides users with full depth perception of 3D environments and accessible controls using intuitive arm-and-hand gestures in an immersive, real-time experience. This enables even non-technical users to execute and automate processes, overcoming the challenge of the levels of variability involved.

As Pares explained further:

“We investigated several ways to be able to sort the orders and the variability of the parts we have, and we arrived at the conclusion that a mix of human intervention and robotisation was the best solution.

“This mix of human intervention and robotised intervention was best solved by Extend Robotics… I think that now we have a solution that helps us a lot with being able to process parts that are massive or delicate without having to rely on a program.”

Speaking about this latest test case, Dr Liu, CEO of Extend Robotics said:

“One of the biggest obstacles to rapid automation is when processes involve a high level of variability.

“Now, thanks to this partnership, there can be no doubt that our tech solutions can overcome this obstacle effectively, efficiently and with a demonstrable level of quality and accuracy.”

Extend Robotics and addwerk logos



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