PAL Robotics at 2016 ROS-Industrial Conference

ROS-Industrial project aims to apply ROS (Robot Operating System), the de facto standard in robotics, to the industry. Having a shared open operative system in robotics gains relevance when it is applied to manufacturing applications and opens new possibilities for robots to be integrated in assembly chains.

PAL Robotics was invited to the annual ROS-Industrial Conference held last week in Fraunhofer IPA (Stuttgart, Germany) as a company that successfully bases all of its robots in ROS and uses tools such as Rviz or ros_control. PAL Robotics’ CTO Luca Marchionni shared our expertise in the field and explained the advantages and challenges of applying open-source software to the robots we develop and commercialize.

TIAGo robot in simulation performing a pick&place task.

TIAGo robot in the open-source simulation performing a pick&place task.

The active community that contributes to ROS is key for creating a common reference and share the knowledge in robotics to push its evolution. At PAL Robotics we believe on a general-purpose robot operating system that can benefit multiple fields, industry among them. That is why we base all of our robots in ROS and provide their simulation packages in freely available on github. The new open TIAGo tutorials are the latest initiatives we are doing in the direction of extending ROS usage to absolutely everyone.

Come to the PAL Robotics Open Day!

The EU Robotics Week is coming and PAL Robotics is preparing many different activities in Amsterdam, Madrid and Barcelona! On Friday, Nov 25th, we are opening the doors to everyone who has the same passion as us. Our team wants to share with you our vision, knowledge and expertise in robotics, and REEM-C, TIAGo and StockBot will perform live demos. Join us by sending an e-mail at marketing@pal-robotics.com and let us know in which tour you would be interested in:

  • Technical tour (12:00-14:00h)
  • General tour (16:30-18:00h)

We are waiting for you at PAL Robotics!

PAL Robotics Open Day

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PAL Robotics, host of the Factory in a Day Project meeting

Factory in a Day EU FP7 Project continues to move forward! Last week PAL Robotics held the project meeting of Factory in a Day. All European partners were gathered in Barcelona to discuss about the next steps to follow during the project’s final year. Great progress has been made towards the goal of the project: to reduce the system integration time of a robotics solution to one single day for dynamic assembly chains.

Factory in a Day is focused on making profitable the automatization of temporary product lines for SMEs that constantly need to modify or change the production, and find it difficult to capitalize the investment. Very simple modular robots that can be quickly modified and rapidly adjusted to the new needs – in both hardware and software – are ideal for that. Find more about the project here!

Factory in a Day project consortium at PAL Robotics

Factory in a Day project consortium at PAL Robotics

Advances on use cases, integration steps and business-related issues were made during the meeting. Partners could also meet and experience demos with PAL Robotics’ robots and the team behind. PAL Robotics was glad to receive Factory in a Day team and will keep working hard to contribute to this common objective. More information about the meeting at Factory in a Day webpage!

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New ROS tutorials to simulate with TIAGo easily!

Would you like to try to command a robot? Do you have in mind robotics applications but don’t have a robot? Want to try TIAGo? PAL Robotics puts an accessible tool available for anyone that wants to try TIAGo, a collaborative robot highly skilled for accomplishing complex tasks. TIAGo’s official ROS Wiki has been completely reshaped and a comprehensive set of TIAGo tutorials in ROS and Gazebo can be found there too.TIAGo is designed to be a useful companion in many contexts thanks to its combination of abilities.

Simulate with TIAGo, the collaborative robot

Simulate with TIAGo, the collaborative robot

The tutorials are distributed in the following areas:

  • Control
  • Navigation
  • MoveIt!
  • Open CV
  • PCL

TIAGo’s tutorials include how to apply two of the biggest standard perception libraries to a robot in ROS: Open CV and PCL. This list will be extended in the future and is also open to anyone’s proposals and suggestions! As easy as sending an e-mail to: tiago-support@pal-robotics.com.

Don’t have TIAGo physically? That’s not a limit!

TIAGo’s simulation is open-source, perfect for anyone that would like to make developments with a collaborative robot in navigation, manipulation, perception or Human-Robot Interactions. The simulation also enables to test TIAGo’s capabilities in order to evaluate if it fits any research needs or its abilities to perform complex tasks.

PAL Robotics: dedicated to ROS since the very beginning

The Robot Operating System (ROS) has become a de facto standard to join efforts and expand robotics, making it accessible for everyone. In PAL Robotics we are very glad with this evolution, since we believe ROS has a huge potential to universalize and democratize robotics, with the final goal of closing the gap that exists between research and real life. That is why PAL Robotics team is a ROS supporter and contributor since the very beginning, and makes available the open-source simulations of all robots online on their official ROS Wiki.

Everybody can simulate with TIAGo robot

From robotics engineers that want to try TIAGo’s capabilities to people who is new in this world: TIAGo tutorials are open to anyone willing to easy learn and try! Tutorials have detailed explanations and will improve over time.

Share your work with us and we will publish any cool development you are capable of! Send it by e-mail to: tiago-support@pal-robotics.com.

TIAGo robot in simulation

TIAGo robot in simulation

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PAL Robotics’ TIAGo is awarded as the Best Project of the year at the II Nit de la Robòtica

The Industrial Engineering Association of Catalonia (Col·legi d’Enginyers) has recognized PAL Robotics’ TIAGo with the Award to the Best Project of the year at the II Nit de la Robòtica celebration. The “Night of Robotics” annual meeting gathers together all the main actors of the Barcelona and Catalonia robotics sector. PAL Robotics is recognized for the contribution in humanoid robotics and for the development of the mobile manipulator TIAGo, a collaborative robot with applications in domestic and industrial environments.

PAL Robotics CEO, Francesco Ferro, receives the Award to the Best Project of the year at II Nit de la Robòtica

PAL Robotics CEO, Francesco Ferro, receives the Award to the Best Project of the year at II Nit de la Robòtica

TIAGo integrates the cutting-edge technology of the team in complex robots in a platform that is flexible and easy to customize. Its modularity makes TIAGo suitable for any research in AAL and Industry 4.0 fields. TIAGo has evolved capabilities on manipulation, navigation, perception and interaction, and is 100% ROS based.

It is a great honor for PAL Robotics’ team to be recognized with such award and would like to thank the Col·legi d’Enginyers for that.

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TALOS: the next step in humanoid robots from PAL Robotics

PAL Robotics is launching a new humanoid robot: TALOS, a collaborative robot for industrial complex tasks. TALOS will be an advanced electrical high-performance humanoid robot due to the cutting-edge technology integrated. Stay tuned, TALOS will be released soon!

This humanoid robot is conceived for industrial Human-Robot collaboration. TALOS’ goal is to assist workers in factory assembly lines with physically demanding tasks that need high accuracy, and which are performed in hostile or uncomfortable industrial settings.

TALOS Robot by PAL Robotics.

TALOS Robot by PAL Robotics.

This new humanoid robot was born from a tender granted by the French research lab LAAS-CNRS. The first platform will be delivered to the LAAS-CNRS’ Gepetto team, under the direction of Philippe Souères, PhD. The humanoid will be released in November. The Gepetto team will name it PYRENE.

Want to know a bit about TALOS?

  • TALOS is a fully electrical human-sized robot
  • It has sensored torque control in all joints
  • The platform uses EtherCAT communicationsTALOS robot from PAL Robotics

The robot can walk dynamically at a maximum speed of 3Km/h, and is able to navigate through uneven ground. Each arm has a 6Kg payload when fully extended, and it has dexterous and flexible manipulation skills. Therefore it can nimbly handle heavy industrial tools with its customized 3-fingered grippers.

TALOS is 100% ROS capable as all of PAL Robotics’ platforms. PAL Robotics has made a huge effort to integrate the best hardware components and sensors on this humanoid robot.

The tendency of collaborative robots in Industry 4.0

Collaborative robots like TALOS are conceived to take part in industrial activities that are manual, arduous, and require accuracy or strength. TALOS’ mission is to assist in those tasks that are susceptible to damage the worker’s health.

With TALOS, PAL Robotics makes available a flexible and accessible platform to go beyond the limits of Industry 4.0.

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PAL Robotics was distinguished with the Excellence award for Technology Innovation

Yesterday 29th of September 2016 PAL Robotics received the Business Excellence award for Technology Innovation at the Day of TelecommunicationsInterview to Francesco Ferro at Onda Radio. The award recognizes the enterprise’s trajectory for contributing to the technological expansion. At PAL Robotics we work to make life better through robotics. Our R&D in humanoids is constantly expanding the limits towards the improvement of the robotics technology that we believe one day will make our life easier. Other robots have born from the know-how accumulated along the way, such as TIAGo or StockBot, that solve specific problems of society.

The Excellence award was dedicated to the exceptional team which makes possible the creation of such cutting-edge robots. We would like to sincerely thank GrausTIC for this valuable recognition.

The robotics transformation

At the event, PAL Robotics’ CEO Francesco Ferro participated in a panel discussion that debated on Robotics and how the market is evolving. The highlight was put on how robotics and digitalization are going to change our lives. Some relevant fields where robots can provide a service were stated:

Discussion Panel about Robotics, with Francesco Ferro

  • Healthcare with surgical and rehabilitation robots.
  • Retail with inventory-taking systems, like StockBot.
  • Education, with multiple applications and platforms.
  • Domestic environments, with assistant robots that help in daily tasks and even might be able to extend the autonomy of the elderly or disabled people.

This new reality is already opening many ethical and legal challenges that require of an exhaustive discussion.

Industry 4.0 and the need for collaborative robots

The debate stated that the digital transformation is changing how people consume goods. The market is being transformed from mass producing the same product, to answering to every customer’s demand. Classic and static supply chains need to evolve towards flexible and agile processes that are fast and meet the dynamic demand.

This is where collaborative robots can be very useful: platforms that are modular,interactive and easy to use for the operator. Collaborative robots like TIAGo are designed to be safe and share workspace with people at a supply chain, in order to provide daily assistance to the workers. The EU Project Factory in a Day is also focused on solving these new needs.

Interview to Francesco Ferro at Onda Radio

The XV Day of Telecommunications gathered over a thousand people that work or are interested in the field at the CosmoCaixa museum of Barcelona. [Spanish] Listen to the interview to Francesco Ferro at Onda Cero Radio’s programme “La Ciutat” for the Day of Telecommunications! (min. 41:35)

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Sharing PAL Robotics’ experience in biped humanoids at KoroiBot final workshop

One long shot in robotics is to make biped humanoids walk in a robust and stable way. If we want robots to help us in our daily life, they have to adapt to a world which fits us, to our world. Walking with two legs, keeping balance and immediately reacting to any obstacle is natural to us, and the places where we live were built according to that. Robots that can walk like humans will be able to gracefully navigate whenever we need them to assist us.

Nowadays the state of art of biped robots still has a long road to get there. That is because biped walk for humanoid robots remains a very complex task. Walking robots with two legs are something that very few platforms are able to do, and the arduousness increases if we talk about human-sized robots. PAL Robotics has been able so far to successfully develop three different models of biped humanoid robots that can walk. The most advanced biped humanoid robot at the moment is REEM-C, a 1.65m tall robot that can dynamically walk at 1 Km/h while keeping the balance.

The EU Project KoroiBot has the goal of improving the humanoid robots’ dynamic walk with “human-inspired mathematical models, optimization and learning”. Yesterday the final workshop of KoroiBot ended in Heidelberg, Germany. PAL Robotics’ CEO Francesco Ferro is one of the advisors of the KoroiBot project and gave a presentation during the workshop. Francesco Ferro shared PAL Robotics’ experience of 12 years developing humanoid biped robots, starting with REEM-A (2004). Since the very beginning, PAL Robotics’ core activity has been the R&D in advanced humanoid biped autonomous systems.

It is important that the robotic community join its efforts and share experiences to make service humanoid robots a reality in our daily life. As an example of the above, REEM-C’s simulation is open-source and available online on its ROS Wiki, making it free for everyone to just download it and start playing with a REEM-C humanoid robot!

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OSRF Jackie Kay visits PAL Robotics

Today we had the pleasure to receive OSRF Software Engineer Jackie Kay in PAL Robotics. It has been very interesting to share opinions and knowledge with a ROS developer, since all of our robots are based in ROS. Kay gave an interesting speech on ROS 2.0 to some PAL Robotics’ engineers and interns with an open chat about current state of ROS. We also showed Kay our robotic platforms like TIAGo or REEM-C, and some of the demos PAL Robotics developed with them. Thank you Jackie for your visit!

Talking about ROS 2.0 with Jackie Kay at PAL Robotics

Talking about ROS 2.0 with Jackie Kay at PAL Robotics

It is remarkable how important it is to have an open common resource such as ROS for all the robotics community. Knowledge can be shared with everyone, which is making robotics grow and evolve faster than ever. As part of the robotics community, PAL Robotics is fully committed to ROS.

Since the early days of ROS, all of our platforms are 100% ROS based in order to ease the learning and usage for our clients. Besides, we have open-source simulations of all of our robots available online. Anyone can download the ROS packages and test things without the need for having the robots physically. PAL Robotics’ software engineers are actively contributing to ROS, here you can find the ROS Wiki of our robots:

Follow the steps at ROS Wiki and start simulating with PAL Robotics’ platforms! And remember: if you do any cool test with them, let us know at marketing@pal-robotics.com or tweet about it to @PALRobotics.

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Automatica 2016 shows that Industry 4.0 and collaborative robots are the next step

PAL Robotics was at the biggest fair in automation and mechatronics in Europe: Automatica 2016. Automatica 2016 confirmed that the future of the industry has undoubtedly collaborative robots in it, and that Industry 4.0 is a revolution which will provide employees with a robotic assistance at their jobs to improve the safety and quality of their work. This is one of the reasons why professional service robots were highlighted at Automatica 2016.

The collaborative robot TIAGo is prepared for working side by side with humans, as a team. The person will analyze, perform and reflect on the activities that require of human intelligence. To complete the industrial process, the person will control the robot, which will assume all the repetitive, dangerous and heavy tasks. TIAGo demonstrated manipulation, navigation and perception skills through different demos that were open to all Automatica 2016 attendees.

TIAGo PAL Robotics Automatica 2016

Optimizing stock in retail stores with StockBot

Robotics is not only helpful for the industrial sector: it opens a broader range of possibilities. PAL Robotics also brought StockBot at Automatica 2016, a robot that saves time and efforts while optimizing stock control in retail industry. StockBot combines autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance with RFID technology to take daily inventory in stores. The robot took live inventory in the Service Robots demonstration park, where the results could be tracked in a screen showing a map updated in real time with the spatial location of the products.

Thanks for coming and making a great Automatica 2016!

Automatica 2016 broke all records of participation during this edition. More than 45,000 attendees could discover the latest innovations in automation and industry. PAL Robotics’ team wants to thank everyone who came to visit us at Automatica 2016, and hopes they enjoyed interacting with TIAGo and watching StockBot’s performance.

PAL Robotics Automatica 2016 Team

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Automatica 2016 highlights Professional Service Robotics as a key for the future

Automatica 2016, the biggest European fair in automation and industrial production, is about to begin in Munich (Germany). The latest innovations in industrial and service robotics will be gathered in Messe Munchen from the 21st to 24th of June. Automatica is expecting more than 30,000 visitors from all branches of industry that look for the very latest developments to optimize industrial processes and greater efficiency. PAL Robotics is exhibiting at the fair with solutions in manipulation – TIAGo – a mobile manipulator,  and the inventory-taking – StockBot – developed in the last year. Find PAL Robotics at Hall B4/Stand 520 & the Service Robots Demo Park!

Robots for the future industry and service sectors

Professional Service Robotics is the highlight of this year´s Automatica edition. Its dedicated exhibition area will be in Hall B4, which has also a Demonstration Park where attendees will be able to directly interact with the robots. StockBot and TIAGo robots have applications that have a direct effect in optimization at both industrial and service levels.

Interact with TIAGo at Automatica 2016 Demo Park

TIAGo is ready to attend Automatica 2016!

TIAGo is ready to attend Automatica 2016!

The mobile manipulator TIAGo is one example of professional service robotics: a versatile robot designed to be a companion for people in different environments. The platform can be customized easily to make it suitable for domestic and industrial environments. Its 7-DoF arm and the lifting torso provide the “Take It And Go!” robot with a large manipulation workspace. Moreover, autonomous and/or teleoperated navigation is possible thanks to the PMB-2 mobile base, which the torso is built on.

The combination of these abilities opens a wide range of possible tasks that the robot can perform. The Automatica Service Robots Demo Park is an opportunity for visitors to experience TIAGo themselves. PAL Robotics’ mobile manipulator will be open to Automatica attendees, who will be able to control it using a leap-motion camera. A Whole-Body Control will be demonstrated by an application in which TIAGo moves all its body in order to keep pointing at a marker. Pick&place tasks and smart interaction skills will also be performed by this buddy at the Munich fair.

Live inventory-taking by StockBot

StockBot robot will take live inventory at Automatica

StockBot robot will take live inventory at Automatica

An area simulating a department store will be installed at the Service Robots Demo Park, in which StockBot will show its abilities on taking inventory autonomously. Visitors will be able to see the 3-D map that the robot does daily in real time, showing not only a product list, but also every item’s location in store. Autonomous navigation and StockBot’s adaptability to any change of the store will be also demonstrated.

Retail industry can save efforts and time, optimize stock and benefit from big data opportunities – everything at the same time – with StockBot. Employees can forget about such repetitive task and focus on providing a good service to clients. An accurate inventory that is daily updated increases trust in stock reasonably. What’s more, retailers can freely change the store distribution; StockBot will autonomously change its map without having to do a second set-up. Another example of professional service robotics that can transform our reallity to a more comfortable workplace.

Do you want to visit us Automatica 2016?

Send us an e-mail at marketing@pal-robotics.com and we will send you a free one-day-pass to Automatica 2016!

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