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Schaeffler joins Koreans for mobile two-arm robots

26 February, 2024

The German engineering group Schaeffler has joined forces with two Korean organisations – the robot developer Rainbow Robotics, and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (Keti) – to co-develop AI-powered mobile dual-arm robots aimed at autonomous manufacturing applications.

Schaeffler will develop and supply components such as gearboxes for the mobile dual-arm robots. Rainbow Robotics will oversee the production of the robots and develop AI-based robot operating technologies, while Keti will support the application of AI technology for manufacturing processes..

The jointly developed robots will be deployed at production sites in Germany and Korea to develop autonomous manufacturing applications.

The three partners have signed a memorandum of understanding which includes identifying new business models to expand strategically in global markets. They say that autonomous manufacturing has the potential to boost the production efficiencies of smart factories using AI with minimal human intervention.

At the signing ceremony, Rainbow Robotics CEO Dr Lee Jung-ho, revealed that the company has already initiated a technical development cooperation with Schaeffler to develop mobile dual-arm robots through pilot projects. “It is significant for us to advance AI mobile dual-arm robot technology with Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial machinery specialist with extensive expertise, and Keti, leading the research in AI-based manufacturing innovation technology, to contribute to the commercialisation of autonomous manufacturing in the global market,” he said.

Rainbow Robotics already manufactures several advanced robotic technologies including quadruped robots (above), humanoid robots and collaborative robots

Dr Michael Pausch, chief technology officer of Schaeffler's Industrial division, added: “We are committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation to create automated solutions that enhance efficiency and contribute to the evolution of smart and sustainable production processes.”

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