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Launched in 2017 by Hanwha Precision Machinery, the Hanwha HCR range of collaborative robots (cobots) has gained an impressive market share in a short space of time.
Collaborative robots are meant to do just that – collaborate with your human team, or give a helping hand. They’re designed to make your industrial processes more precise and consistent, taking over repetitive tasks so the people on your team can focus more on tasks that require the flexibility and problem solving skills that cobots don’t have. The range we have from Hanwha currently has three cobots that can handle three, five, and 12 kg. These three compact and easy to move models make up the HCR series. With the wide variety of tasks they can perform they’re perfect for any small to medium sized manufacturers.
Cobots were the next logical step for Hanwha, who already had extensive expertise in precision machinery, motion control technology, image recognition software, and autonomous navigation – all vital in robotic development. Woo Sok Chang explains, “We brought together this unique collection of knowledge, experience, and technology to develop our robotics division and bring products like the HCR series to market. We found success quickly because we were able to draw upon people with incredible expertise in robotics and software development to drive Cobot R&D.”
The HCR series was developed to make automation in manufacturing much easier. Traditional robots have been limited in what tasks they can perform, as every new movement needs to be programmed in. Programming a model from the HCR series couldn’t be more different, the user friendly interface gives you the ability to master programming in less than a day. Workflow can be set up or changed just by clicking icons in the order you need. Cobots are also super flexible and mobile, you can move a cobot to a different job on a new machine very easily and quickly, saving time and money.
One of the most valuable features for customers is that you can run 2 HCR machines from a single unit, saving up to 10% in operating costs. It’s another boost to productivity and Hanwha customers love it. HCR design is also proving to be a winner with customers – other industrial machines are chunky, with parts that stick out awkwardly. The HCR series has been designed to have smooth lines and curves, taking away the potential for snagging or bumping into things. This gives customers more than just physical safety, they’re designed to look friendly and it’s made cobot customers feel comfortable working next to them. Woo Sok Chang was keen to highlight the safety aspects, “[customers] are right to feel safe. HCR Cobots’ automated collision detection function will immediately freeze them in place if they detect a bump. This is especially important for the majority of our customers, who are small to medium-sized manufacturing operators with relatively small facilities.”
Hanwha Robotics have found that being part of the Hanwha group has been tremendously beneficial in their product development. Other parts of the group specialise in a huge variety of fields, and they can all join in the conversation about how they could use cobots in the future. Currently they’re being utilised in Hanwha’s machine tool factories and chemical plants, giving them the ideal training ground to adopt manufacturing techniques and develop them further. Woo Sok Chang says, “The ultimate goal is to develop AI to the point where machines can become almost fully autonomous. We are working to make Cobots as easy as possible to operate in any setting and situation.”
In the last two years Hanwha have been integrating AI and deep learning technology into their cobots’ operating systems. Progress has been fast and they think that will prompt fundamental changes in the robotics industry in the near future. Woo Sok Chang says of the developments, “I used to think in five-year or ten-year cycles, but that’s really too slow now. Developments that were previously thought to be several years down the road are happening right now.” He predicts a major paradigm shift in robotics in the next few years, similar to that from normal mobile phone to smartphone. Devices that once performed a few tasks will now do almost everything, with technological trends leading to more automation and smart factories. Hanwha Robotics aim to double their market share every year becoming the world leader in cobot development. Not content with leading the Korean market, Hanwha plan on leading the global robotics market in the near future.
If you’d like any more information on the Hanwha HCR series, just give us a call on 01273 732286 or email [email protected]