With MirAI, Fanuc customers can now add valuable hand-eye coordination to Fanuc’s multiple industrial and collaborative robots (cobots) to handle hard-to-automate jobs such as cabling and assembly.
Using artificial intelligence, the MirAI controller generates the robot’s movements directly and in real time. The robot’s skills are trained, not programmed, in a few days by human display, without the need for programming or AI knowledge.
To train a robot, a human repeatedly demonstrates a task by manually directing the robot with the robot’s wrist. The recorded movements are then converted into a skill.
“MirAI is a game changer,” says Jerry Perez, Executive Director of Global Accounts, Fanuc America.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve heard companies request this type of dynamic path augmentation technology frequently, so seeing it work is really amazing. Even more surprising is how easy it is to add this type of automation-enabled technology to any of our collaborative bots or cobots. .
“I have already demonstrated this technology to large and small manufacturers who ask us to implement flexible robot automation faster, and by consensus, they are very interested in implementing MirAI.”
Cable connection applications such as flat ribbon cables for the electronics industry or industrial automotive connectors require a high degree of flexibility to accommodate shape instabilities, making it a challenging task for any robot.
MirAI software makes this kind of application possible, says Professor Dominique Bossel, Chief Technology Officer of Micropsi Industries.
Bösl says: “Grabbing a flexible part, guiding it and placing it precisely in the socket might be a trivial task for a human, but it would have been impossible to complete for industrial robots.
“This is because while robots can work tirelessly and accurately with high reproducibility, they are limited in their ability to perform complex automated operations. The required hand-eye coordination is not present in a robot.
“If a robot gets bogged down by discrepancies or deviations, employees have to step in, sometimes being burdened with unwieldy tasks. This hampers the performance of manufacturing companies already struggling with a pervasive shortage of skilled workers.”
Cabling, which can now be automated quickly and intelligently, is just one example of MirAI’s additional automation capabilities.
Micropsi Industries is planning additional automation projects that will expand the range of applications for Fanuc’s industrial robots. The medium and long term goal: to revolutionize industrial work from A to Z.
Bösl says: “Micropsi Industries will work with Fanuc robots to break new ground by making automation possible where it wasn’t before.
“In this strategic relationship, our MirAI intelligent controller converges with the world’s largest group of industrial robots. Together, we harness the nearly limitless potential of robotics’ task-specific machine learning.
“By doing so, we are making it accessible to more industries and users, ensuring greater flexibility under real production conditions.”
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