Massachusetts-based Humatics Corp., which creates precise location and navigation data in places where these capabilities do not exist today, has been accepted into the UR+ program from Ann Arbor’s Universal Robots after extensive testing of its technologies.
The UR+ program is designed to reduce the time, cost, and risk of automation for companies that are using Universal Robots to solve business problems with robotic automation and cobot collaboration.
“We are excited to have Humatics as part of our rich ecosystem of third party solutions to help and add value to applications that require fine grain navigation and control to improve performance,” says Joe Campbell, senior manager of applications development and strategic marketing of Universal Robots.
Humatics now can be quickly implemented by UR customers directly in their platform to address numerous application challenges. The real-time location data capabilities enhance the ability for stand-alone precise control of UR robotic arms as well as how robotic arms can work in motion with numerous MiR models.
One solution, the Humatics Rail Navigation System uses the right sensor for the right task at the right time, ensuring that users always know precise train positions. This modern approach increases on-time performance, minimizes downtime, and includes cutting-edge ultra-wideband technology, according to the company.
It locates every vehicle in the system within centimeters and ensures that operators can achieve the most modern standards of safety and efficiency. It also is faster, easier, and less expensive to install and maintain compared to alternative positioning systems.
The Humatics Microlocation technology creates highly precise real-time location data for high-value objects to enable three-dimensional control and visibility. This data can be streamed in real-time for use in any control system to enable many different types of use cases.
In one example on the company’s website, the technology digitizes the movement of two professional piano players, showing the difference in their performance in a way that has never been possible. This same technology can be used to enable real-time robotic collaboration, human efficiency improvements, quality control, tool control, and many other use cases.
“Being accepted into the UR+ program demonstrates the value of having precise location information for complex navigation and control applications in the manufacturing and medical markets,” says Shawn Henry, CEO of Humatics Corp. “We expect UR users to achieve significant success by adding the Humatics Microlocation capabilities to improve operational efficiency and increased profitability.”