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Test the best: die automatica TestZone

Premiere at automatica 2022: our interactive TestZone in Future Robotics Hall B4. With its exciting robotics exhibits from the fields of cobots and no-code, the TestZone offers automation newcomers a unique opportunity to experience several innovative robotics and automation applications live and up close. And above all: to try them out for themselves.

The robotics exhibits at the world’s leading exhibition clearly show: People are finally taking center stage. The current state of development suggests that robots will very soon be just as easy to operate and set up as devices such as smartphones are now. It is already possible for users to put together their own modular systems with very little prior knowledge using configurators. And robot travel paths can be taught with ‘no code’—i.e. without programming or IT skills. In brief: Automation is becoming more and more accessible. To all of us.

The automatica TestZone lets you take a first look at this ‘democratization of robotics’. It is a place for non-committal learning by doing and trying out new technology under expert guidance—at your leisure and without prior registration. Whether they are specialized in no-code, cobots, or low-cost; whether large established manufacturer or newcomer taking a leap forward—they all have one thing in common: an innovative spirit.

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Meet the robots: KUKA offers a hands-on cobot technology experience with a brand-new operating system allowing users to 'set it up—switch it on—get started', and Fanuc does the same with a new model characterized by its lightweight design and intuitive drag-and-drop programming, which is likely to generate particular interest among first-time users.

With the friendly cobot colleague Sawyer, Rethink Robotics combines the fields of collaborative robotics and No Code. The special titanium springs and soft padding on the joints make Sawyer particularly safe when working with humans. micropsi is another company implementing the no-code approach with the goal of qualifying standard robots for AI applications with minimum effort, while the gripper by Schunk incorporates more than 30 years of experience in handling and assembly automation. It will certainly be interesting to see the features of the model shown here.

IGUS is taking a different path as the company presents its marketplace for low-cost robotics where both ready-to-run turnkey solutions for common automation tasks and individual components from leading manufacturers are available. The latter can be put together using a configurator as part of a modular system with guaranteed compatibility.

SCARAFLEX®, developed by ECONOMA Engineering using AIRSKIN®, a Blue Danube product, enables the use of an EPSON Scara in an unfenced application, thus combining the best of both worlds: the precision and stability of the EPSON Scara, and fast, safe operations. Without any fence, of course.

fruitcore robotics brings the potential of robotics to all areas of business with its three HORST systems. The Digital Robots are easy to operate without prior knowledge and are affordable even for small and medium-sized enterprises. On HORST600, trade visitors can try out the playfully simple robot programming.

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