Start-up gets seed funding for user-friendly robot operating model : Page 2 of 3

January 16, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Start-up gets seed funding for user-friendly robot operating model
Robotics start-up drag&bot GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, has completed a seven-digit euro seed financing round. With its software, the young company enables users to program industrial robots without having developer knowledge.

The start-up's intuitive software enables users to train industrial robots without IT know-how. The functional sequences are initially combined in the cloud solution according to the drag-and-drop principle. Various operating and input aids, so-called wizards, support the parameterization of the individual function blocks. Three options are available to the user for this purpose: He can guide the robot arm to the desired position by hand or by teach pendant. He can also use the navigation in the system, which recognizes movement patterns. The wizard then automatically adopts this information.

The most common activities of robots with drag&bot are handling parts, palletising workpieces and loading or unloading machines. Even more complex applications such as screwing or joining gears are possible with the additional modules already available. For robot applications that require intelligent image processing, interfaces to common smartcams and established software products are available.

The founders of drag&bot see one of the greatest strengths of their technology in the fact that customers and partners can dynamically expand the software themselves and thus adapt it to their requirements. If desired, the programmed functional sequences can be shared with other employees and production sites via the cloud. The software works independently of the robot hardware and currently supports ABB, Kuka, Fanuc, Denso and Universal Robots, among others.

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