CAMBRIDGE, MA— September 13, 2017—Two global leaders in automation will showcase capabilities empowered by Energid’s Actin® control and simulation software at international tradeshows this month. Last week, at the Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robot Show in Taipei, NEXCOM introduced NexROBO, a high-end robot controller with advanced features powered by Energid’s Actin software that help robot developers quickly and cost effectively bring advanced robotic technology to market. In addition, at Westec this week and RoboBusiness September 27-28, Universal Robots (UR) will showcase Actin-enabled collaborative robots (cobots) actively avoiding collisions while performing an adaptive pick and place task.
With the ability to coordinate the motion of up to hundreds of axes in real-time, Energid’s Actin toolkit facilitates the creation of many types of robots with fluid, human-like movement and skills. Actin enables robots to do complex tasks requiring dexterous manipulation that are not easily supported by traditional control software. Actin’s control software, coupled with machine vision, enables robots to dynamically avoid collisions with humans and other objects. It supports visual servoing, enabling accurate vision-based manipulation of objects in changing environments.
“While the robotics industry continues to explode, especially in Asia, many companies still avoid the risk of creating robotic systems because they don’t know how to create software that enables the type of precise, coordinated control many industries require,” said Neil Tardella, CEO, Energid. “Turnkey commercial software to facilitate creating, controlling and intuitively programming robots is rare, creating a huge global market. With Actin, the development risk is greatly reduced. The use of Actin results in easy robotic programming and control, even for complex tasks, to meet the needs of multiple industries.”
Last week in Taiwan, NEXCOM showed robotic developers how the new Actin-enabled NexROBO ARC (Advanced Robot Controller) can simplify advanced tasks and enable capabilities not previously available to robotics manufacturers and end users. The demonstration highlighted Actin’s high-axis, dexterous, control and collaborative feature support, including teach-mode and collision stopping, with a seven-axis robot.
At its upcoming tradeshows, Universal Robots will show an Actin-enabled UR5 robot arm picking widgets out of a feeder that can be manually moved anywhere within the robot’s reach and is dynamically tracked by machine vision. Using a wand, attendees can interact with the cobot, prompting it to avoid the wand while attempting to reach the widget. Energid is developing Actin-enabled products for the rapidly expanding Universal Robots+ platform featuring plug & play products for the UR robot arms.
Established in 2001 and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, Energid Technologies develops advanced real-time motion control software for robotics. Energid’s general robot control and tasking framework, Actin®, is built to meet the rigorous requirements of industrial, commercial, collaborative, and consumer robotic systems. Energid licenses Actin as a cross-platform software toolkit and provides integration services to help its customers get to market quickly.
In 2018, Energid was acquired by Teradyne. Teradyne is the leading supplier of automated test equipment used to test semiconductors, wireless products, data storage, and complex electronic systems. Energid continues operations under the same management while Energid’s headquarters, R&D, and engineering facilities remain in Massachusetts, USA.