GIM ROBOTICS ON THE ROAD, OR SHOULD WE SAY OFF-ROAD
- Future Mobile Work Machine, SIX event | 30 MAY 2023, Tampere, Finland
- 5th Annual Automation & Robotics for Non-Road Applications | 12-13 JUNE 2023, Düsseldorf, Germany
The autonomy level of modern working machines is going up and the thin line between them and state-of-the-art Field & Service robots starts to disappear. To perform well in autonomous or semi-autonomous modes, the robotized machine must not only be able to understand the environment around it, but also to localise itself to perform the actual working tasks, which usually include some navigation and/or manipulation related operations.
EVERYTHING IS EASY, UNTIL SOMETHING HITS THE FAN
In many cases, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) or supportive infrastructure (e.g., beacons, markers) based localization complimented with odometry information puts the machine on the map and camera-based sensory set gives the machine eyes for the nearby area perception. That combination works like a charm when things are peachy. Not so well, when GNSS signal quality or availability is compromised. And definitely not so well, when the camera system fails in situational awareness or localisation related tasks, for example when the weather turns nasty or quick contrast changes can blow-up even the best of the camera-based systems.
WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES
As things very seldom go according to plans when operating in dynamic environments, the applied solution, whatever it might be, must survive in all those conditions and events agreed on in the invaluable Operational Design Domain document. And to be brutally honest, there are not so many companies which can take that challenge. That is probably the main reason why so many OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) have been calling GIM Robotics lately. When you are planning to start selling some new autonomy features for your expensive working machines, you must be sure that the machine can operate everywhere and in all-weathers. That is our specialty, our core competence. We can localise mobile machines with centimetre-level accuracy, everywhere and in any condition. We do it by using feature-based (map-based) positioning. Additional bonus is that the point-cloud producing sensors used for the positioning, also provide a strong foundation for the situational awareness; two for the price of one, one could say.
30 MAY, TAMPERE, FINLAND
If you want to meet GIM Robotics team on our home turf, travel to Tampere and join us when we go there to participate in the public Future Mobile Work Machine event. We are there to talk with the leading Finnish mobile work machine manufacturers and to know more about their future plans. The event is organized by Sustainable Industry X (SIX). SIX is Finnish, industry driven initiative shaping and implementing next-generation green and digital industry agenda in practice. SIX provides essential tools for forming joint agenda from national level strategies and implementing agenda in industry driven way. SIX Mobile Machines cluster includes world-famous Finnish flagship companies such as Cargotec, Sandvik, Ponsse, Valtra, Valmet Automotive, Epec and Normet to name just a few. GIM Robotics is part of SIX project “Future all-electric rough terrain autonomous mobile manipulators – FUTURA”. If you manage to come to Tampere, send us an email and let’s meet there.
12-13 JUNE, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY
If you fail to make the above extempore trip to Tampere, but you are interested to hear how we can integrate our solution into your company’s roadmap, make sure that you participate in the 5th Annual Automation & Robotics for Non-Road Applications in Düsseldorf, Germany, 12-13 June 2023. The event, organized by TBM Group, focuses on how automation and robotization are changing the future of Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) and what will be the main challenges. It brings together OEMs of both standard equipment and autonomous equipment, plus some important solution providers. Our CTO Dr. Jose Luis Peralta will give a presentation titled as “Transforming Research into Reality: Success Stories in Commercialising Autonomous Non-Road Machinery.”
GIM Robotics is a proud sponsor of the event and will have a stand onsite. Our Sales manager David Lopez will accompany Jose to Dusseldorf to further strengthen our presence. This dynamic duo is available during the meeting for old and new friends. Based on our earlier experiences, these kinds of events have been extremely valuable for us. We are among our peers and long face-to-face discussions with other participants will lay solid foundations for firm business relationships and even long friendships. If you have a chance, go, and listen to Jose’s presentation and shake hands with Jose and David. We might have exactly what the doctor ordered for your future NRMM activities.
CROSS INDUSTRY NEWS!
As you have surely noticed from our recent posts, we have participated in European biggest logistics fair in Stuttgart – LogiMAT23 together with Navitec Systems. During that exhibition it became clear that 3D localisation is taking true commercial traction in both indoors and outdoors.
3D is here to stay, don’t miss the bus!