A Chat with Samuel Bouchard @ Automatica

At present, we had the chance to take a seat down with Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq.

In our chat, he informed us about how the robotics trade has modified over the previous 4 years, with new corporations rising. He additionally mentioned Robotiq’s plans for the longer term and the significance of creating collaboration within the deployment of robotics.

This is the abstract of what he talked about…

What’s completely different this 12 months at Automatica in comparison with earlier years?

As a result of we’ve not seen one another for thus lengthy, persons are blissful to be again. It is a large industrial reunion. Additionally, there are plenty of new corporations popping out of the woodwork that weren’t right here on the final Automatica. The comparability between 4 years in the past and now’s a giant shift.

What new corporations have you ever seen right here?

There are some new corporations we did not learn about earlier than like Neura and Agile Robots. Additionally, The Large 4 robotics corporations have come out with new robots we did not learn about. And the brand new UR 20 is on the sales space simply subsequent to us.

It looks like a few of the cubicles are fairly conservative in comparison with different years. Have you ever felt that?

One factor we’ve got to bear in mind is that, when everybody booked their sales space house, we have been in the midst of the pandemic. So, that could possibly be a purpose that folks have been extra conservative. We’ll see how it’s on the subsequent Automatica, which is deliberate for subsequent 12 months.

What does Automatica 2022 imply for Robotiq?

Automatica has at all times been an vital present for us, each time there was a giant impulse ahead in how we develop our enterprise in Europe. That is the fifth present we have been to. It is at all times an vital milestone and Europe is a vital marketplace for us.

How has Robotiq modified during the last 4 years?

It is largely the shift in the direction of cobot purposes. Our aim because the starting was at all times to simplify the combination. After we wished to unravel much more of the purposes, we realized we wanted to go one step additional, with the machine tending, screwdriving, and palletizing options.

What has modified about the way in which Robotiq delivers options?

Growing plug and play parts, the {hardware} half is greater. It is all concerning the specs. Once you discuss an software, it is extra concerning the full workflow of the manufacturing facility. It is fairly completely different in how we outline, develop, and the way we preserve them evolving. It is extra of a software program method.

My aim with Lean Robotics is to make the e book out of date. 5 years in the past I offered the way it ought to be performed. Now the good factor is we’ve got actually shrunk the entire course of. With Lean Robotics, it took 3 to six months to deploy robots utilizing the method. Now we have shrunk that to a matter of weeks.

Are the applying kits bringing in new customers to robots?

Undoubtedly. With plug and play parts, you continue to must do a little bit of the combination. The early adopters have been keen to try this. Now we’re working with individuals who do not even know what a cobot is. It permits extra individuals to undertake robots into their factories.

Are individuals extra keen to make use of robots now?

With Covid, the labor scarcity is the massive driver. We have at all times mentioned it was an issue that was rising progressively extra painful. With Covid, the ache of labor scarcity is way more painful and other people know they should automate.

The place do you see Robotiq being on the subsequent Automatica?

We’ll preserve creating the purposes. We’ll preserve creating the applying households and continue to grow.

How will the Robotiq sales space have a look at the subsequent Automatica?

I believe will probably be pretty comparable. We’ll discover even higher methods to indicate what our software program and merchandise can do. That is who we at the moment are, and I believe the sales space will probably be fairly per what you see immediately.

What’s your grand plan for Robotiq?

Our mission for the previous 14 years has been to free human arms from repetitive duties. We need to preserve going there. We see plenty of cobots, however I nonetheless assume we’re at a very early stage. More often than not, after we go into factories, they do not have robots. So there’s plenty of potential.

How have you ever constructed such a robust neighborhood round Robotiq?

During the last 2 years we’ve got discovered we will, technically, work remotely. However we might solely do this as a result of all of that neighborhood was already constructed. We had already constructed plenty of these relationships and belief.

Occasions like Automatica are a giant half to continue to grow and nurturing these partnerships – the native companions, the robotic makers, the tip customers.

Ultimately, deploying robots requires plenty of collaboration. I believe having these bonds and talents to work collectively is essential.

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