Our speaker from Frank-Emika: Simon Haddadin


Democratization of digitalized automation: the interconnected, sensitive and smart robot for anyone

We are based in Munich and specialize in the development, design and commercialization of sensitive,high-performance, and unprecedented cost-efficient industrial robots. Our vision is to transform robots into a generally available, multifunctional tool that places the human at the centre of development. The intelligent robotic assistant, FRANKA EMIKA, was unveiled at Hannover Messe 2016 for the first time.

The enthusiastic worldwide response confirmed our vision. In 2017, FRANKA EMIKA will be available as an industry system as well as a research version. Typical factory robots are so dangerous that they are put into cages. FRANKA EMIKA was specifically made to operate among humans as well as to support them without harm. Therefore, it is now possible to reinvent automation by providing humans with this safe and versatile tool.

FRANKA EMIKA is able to perform tasks that require direct physical contact with the environment thanks to its completely modular ultra-lightweight construction, its highly-integrated mechatronic design and its ability to conduct dexterous and sensitive manipulation. Consequently, common but rather monotonous tasks such as sensitive insertion and connecting, screwing, assembly, testing and inspection can be automated for the first time. The robot is equipped with torque sensors in all seven joints, and this artificial reflex system means FRANKA EMIKA can recognize, process and react to even the slightest touch within milliseconds. The

The specifically developed soft-robotics-control for FRANKA EMIKA is based on an extremely detailed robot model and the real-time comparison to the actual measured torque. This allows even the smallest effects such as elasticity, vibration and friction to be compensated, thus creating the unique combination of performance, robustness and dexterity. Beyond that, the robot’s seven degrees of freedom resemble the flexibility of a human arm and therefore allow the full utilization of the entire workspace.FRANKA EMIKA’s sensitivity is a necessity for physical, fenceless interaction and this sensitivity allows

FRANKA EMIKA’s sensitivity is a necessity for physical, fenceless interaction and this sensitivity allows seamless as well as intuitive human-robot collaboration. For the purpose of making the robot extremely easy to set up and use, a novel programming paradigm was developed which represents the countless and highly complex capabilities in the form of robot apps. FRANKA EMIKA’s ready-to-use robot apps give it a smartphone-
like usability and reduce programming time to only a few minutes.

The growing world of robot apps extends FRANKA EMIKA’s capabilities constantly and therefore makes it more and more powerful. Robot apps can be combined to create complex solutions using a standard notebook or tablet. The intuitive, dialogue-based menu navigation helps the user to communicate the necessary parameters for the process at hand. Beyond that, FRANKA EMIKA can be hand-guided for teaching it new positions or even entire motion sequences. From there, solutions can be shared via FRANKA CLOUD and be applied to any number of FRANKA EMIKA robots within a network or even worldwide.

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