Robotics research laboratory adds enabled robots to strengthen collaboration with manufacturing companies

University robotics laboratory in Denmark chooses three Enabled Robotics robots to help develop the future of automated manufacturing.

The global robotics market is expected to skyrocket in the coming years in the wake of Industry 4.0 and digitalization, triggering a dramatic rise in robotics engineering degree students who are keen to land a job in this emerging sector.

To develop the future generation of robotics talent, colleges and universities all over the world must keep up with demand – and that means furnishing their robotics laboratories with breakthrough technology.

An Enabled Robotics robot picking items from an automated warehouse storage solution before taking them to the next stage of production.

Multi-application robots for research development

Offering more than 24 degree programs within robotics, engineering and IT and a world-class robotics research unit, the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) plays a key role in Denmark’s robot cluster ecosystem. As part of its strategy to equip the Engineering faculty’s robotics laboratory suite with the very latest in multi-application robots, SDU has purchased three robots from Enabled Robotics.

“SDU is doing some very exciting research in the fields of cognitive and applied robotics,” says Professor Christian Schlette of SDU Robotics.

“Students will use the enabled robots to collaborate with manufacturing companies in research areas within Industry 4.0 and robotics. It’s all about offering the very best facilities for education and research, and to engage our students and ultimately support the wider business community that will benefit from their research.”

This offering is based on Enabled Robotics’ insights into the requirements of research and education, brought about from when CEO Lars-Peter Ellekilde was an associate professor at SDU. “We offer a variety of user interfaces for our robots depending on the experience level and preference of the user,” says Lars-Peter.
“For example, beginners can program the robot using our intuitive block programming interface. Intermediate users can program the robot using MiR and UR interfaces. And robotics engineering researchers can program the robot using our ROS interface.”

Robot-to-robot solutions for automated manufacturing

The enabled robots, that are now part of SDU’s I4.0 Lab, come with a Dynamic Positioning System as standard, which allows the robot to automatically calibrate to a new environment in under a second.

“This configuration will allow SDU’s robotics engineering students to develop robot-to-robot solutions,” explains Enabled Robotics CCO, Ricky Søndergård. “The manufacturing sector already leads the way in automation. So, by collaborating with SDU’s bright minds using our enabled robots will result in just-in-time production being taken to the next level.”

Enabled Robotics also collaborates directly with manufacturing customers to automate replenishment of required materials directly on the production line using pose estimation technology. With this new vision system, our enabled robots can detect when materials are needed and take the appropriate action, enabling customers to run a lean inventory management system.

Find out more

To find out how our enabled robots can support your faculty’s robotics laboratory, feel free to contact Ricky Søndergård on +45 61 8181 61 or at rs@enabled-robotics.com