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In the specific application scenarios of 3C electronics, semiconductor, medical, daily chemical products, machining and other industries, the combination of AGV + various manipulators can be used maturely. Among them, the manipulator includes multi-joint robots, rectangular coordinate robots, SCARA robots and For collaborative robots, relatively speaking, AGV+ collaborative robots (also called composite robots) are more refined and can be applied to more complex and high-precision environments, which have attracted market attention.
In addition, AGV+ collaborative robots can also be quickly deployed in many scenarios such as automated factories, warehousing and sorting, automated goods supermarkets, etc., to provide automated and flexible operation support for the automatic handling of materials, the loading and unloading of items, and the sorting of materials.
Superposition of advantages of specific companies in the market space
The unique application value of AGV+ collaborative robots has enabled more and more robot manufacturers to join the R&D and sales of composite robots since 2015, which has promoted the emergence and formation of a new market.
Among them, Siasun is the first manufacturer to introduce a new type of robot "manipulator + AGV". In 2015, it released a HSCR5 composite robot, which is the first in China. In the past five years, its cumulative sales volume has reached hundreds of units, and it has successfully gone overseas.
After that, Haikang used laser SLAM navigation technology, flexible obstacle avoidance technology, and a robotic arm equipped with its own unique visual positioning technology to create the first composite robot. In the following years, Hikvision's composite robots also became a hot-selling product in the market.
So far, there are about 18 companies on the market developing composite robot products, including Stand, Guozi, Hanzu Robot, Jiazhi Robot, etc.
However, compared with other types of robot research and development camps, composite robots are still slightly weaker. On the one hand, it is related to the emerging industry of composite robots. On the other hand, it is also related to the difficulty of building composite robots and the popularity of applications. The intensity is not very relevant.
First of all, the research and development of composite robots is not as simple as it seems. Many people may think that the conforming robot is really a simple combination of AGV and robotic arm, but this is not the case. One of the biggest difficulties in the development of composite robots is technology. The configuration of collaborative robots and AGVs requires development companies to be proficient in both technologies. How to make them work collaboratively and stably is also one of the difficulties that needs to be overcome.
Secondly, the market application space has not yet been highlighted . According to data from the New Strategic Robot Industry Research Institute, there are currently about 5,000 composite robots used in the semiconductor industry worldwide. The semiconductor industry is more demanding for refined operations, and most of them are high-tech frontier companies, both in scale and in sales profits. Can support this product, but other industry applications are still being explored on a small scale.
Which is the core of AGV and collaboration arm?
The use environment of the composite robot does not seem to be much different from the general AGV use environment, but the original intention of using the composite robot determines that it needs to be used in more complex scenarios. The composite robot needs to complete the movement in a specific scenario. The task of handling and retrieving materials needs to be added to the production line to undertake the processing operations of specific types of work. Therefore, the composite robot has higher requirements for the adaptability of the AGV environment. It may be inferred from this that companies with multiple navigation technology capabilities will have an advantage in the competition of the composite robot AGV platform, and laser navigation and visual navigation have more advantages than other navigation methods.
Judging from the structure of most composite robots at present, in order to maintain their operating accuracy, the manipulator arm mounted on it should not be too heavy nor too high or too large. In the combination of manipulator arms, light-load collaborative robots can be used with smaller The space occupies a larger space for operation, so it is more suitable for assuming the functions of a composite robot manipulator.
The composite robot contains two main modules, the AGV and the robotic arm. Which of these two modules is the core of the composite robot. Should we prefer the company's AGV capability or the robotic arm capability when selecting companies related to the composite robot? Judging from the application environment of the on-site operation and processing in the factory, some people in the industry expressed their preference for the robotic arm as the core of the composite robot. Of course, judging from the so-called companies that have launched composite robots in the current market, most of them are from AGV companies. It can also be seen that the application attributes and entry points of AGV are more prominent.
In the future, with the further development of technology and the decline of product prices, the application of AGV+ collaborative robots is bound to have a better momentum. Enterprises need to identify differentiation, give play to their own advantages, and be professional.