NVIDIA and Partners to Explore the Future of Robotics at Automatica 2023

Companies such as Wandelbots are offering to make it easier for users to get started with industrial robotics applications, said NVIDIA.


Wandelbots is showing how its new operating system combines virtual and physical robotics environments at Automatica.
NVIDIA and partners such as Wandelbots are showing how AI, simulation, vision, and the cloud are coming together to make industrial robots easier to deploy and use.

At Automatica this week, robotics suppliers are touting how the latest hardware and software are easing adoption for companies that do not have a lot of robotics experience. NVIDIA Corp. said that it and its partners will show the future of robotics in Munich.

Many of the joint demonstrations will feature “easy-to-program and no-code robotics solutions that enable anyone to deploy robots in industrial settings,” the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said.

Wandelbots works with SHL, NVIDIA Omniverse

Aldermaston, U.K.-based Silicon Highway (SHL) is an embedded computing distributor and an Elite member of the NVIDIA Partner Network. It is working with Dresden, Germany-based Wandelbots to demonstrate at Automatica how an industrial robot can communicate with its digital twin in NVIDIA Omniverse.

Omniverse is a development platform for connecting and building metaverse applications, noted NVIDIA. It said visitors can try out this use case in NVIDIA Isaac Sim, a robotics simulation and synthetic data generation tool built on Omniverse.

In addition, “the new Wandelbots Operating System combines virtual and physical robotics environments, helping companies to automate their processes,” wrote Jason Black, senior manager of marketing and communications at NVIDIA, in a blog post. “It’s compatible with a wide range of robots, sensors and automation devices, which enables rapid robotics implementation.”

Automatica attendees can see the Wandelbots Operating system in action and meet with NVIDIA representatives at SHL's exhibit at Booth 411 in Hall B5.

NVIDIA partners to display more robotics tools

Lünen, Germany-based Rebotnix plans highlight real-time occupational safety and security using an NVIDIA Jetson Orin NX module at SHL’s booth.

Franka Emika is collaborating with NVIDIA to provide researchers and developers with tools that can easily integrate with their existing robots. In a box-stacking demonstration, the Munich-based business will represent a digital twin of a Franka Research 3 robot alongside the real-world robot. The demonstration will be at Booth 421 in Hall B4.

Danube Dynamics will show an NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX-based industrial PC with a collaborative robot from Universal Robots. The Linz, Austria-based embedded systems provider will also display a 3D camera for object detection mounted dynamically on a robot arm, enabling flexible pick-and-place applications.

Taiwan-based Techman Robot will showcase its AI cobot and how its digital twin in Isaac Sim improves automated optical inspection.

Franka Emika to exhibit with NVIDIA at Automatica 2023

Franka Emika is demonstrating at Automatica a robotic arm in simulation alongside the real robot. Source: NVIDIA

Computing, vision, and the cloud at Automatica

In addition, Agora Robotics will use the NVIDIA Jetson Nano module in parallel with its own industrial computer. The Bucharest, Romania-based company plans to use the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing platform and programming model for data gathering.

Stadtroda, Germany-based Allied Vision said it will demonstrate barcode reading using its Alvium G1 and G5 cameras with the Jetson AGX Orin developer kit.

Taipei, Taiwan-based Lanner Electronics and Massy, France-based software vendor Namla will team to demonstrate a platform that enables the deployment of cloud-native applications on distributed edge infrastructure. They said this can ensure cloud-level performance, availability, and security.

Relimetrics, a member of the NVIDIA Inception program for cutting-edge startups, will run software for cosmetic anomaly and configuration inspection on the NVIDIA Jetson platform, as well as X-ray anomaly inspection for pipes and bags.

Still more robotics advances to see

Also at the SHL booth, watch a new demo of NVIDIA Isaac AMR, a recently unveiled platform that enables next-generation fleets of autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, by offering advanced mapping, autonomy, and simulation capabilities. Customers can now apply for early access to Isaac AMR.

In addition, robotics software company Cogniteam recently set up a multi-robot simulation scenario using its Nimbus platform and NVIDIA Isaac Sim. The setup offers capabilities such as local simulation tasks, remote access to simulation machines, global monitoring of simulation data, and more — all accessible through a Web browser, said NVIDIA.

Also using Isaac Sim, READY Robotics said it offers no-code software providing a drag-and-drop experience for anyone — even those without programming skills — to build and deploy robots. NVIDIA explained more in another blog post and in the video below.

READY Robotics' innovative no-code software, Forge/OS, is designed to let anyone program any robot or automation device, reducing the barriers to manufacturing automation. Combined with NVIDIA Omniverse and Isaac Sim, users can now complete automation training in a web browser and simulate manufacturing lines before deployment.

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Wandelbots is showing how its new operating system combines virtual and physical robotics environments at Automatica.

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