In the specific application scenarios of 3C electronics, semiconductor, medical treatment, daily chemical products, machining and other industries, the combination of AGV + various kinds of manipulator has been mature and applied. Among them, the manipulator includes multi joint robot, Cartesian coordinate robot, SCARA robot and cooperative robot, etc. in contrast, AGV + cooperative robot (also known as composite robot) is more refined and can be applied More complex, high-precision environment, much market attention.
In addition, AGV + cooperative robots can also be quickly deployed in many scenes, such as automatic chemical plants, warehouse sorting, automatic goods supermarket, etc., providing automatic and flexible operation support for automatic material handling, loading and unloading, and material sorting.
Market space specific enterprise advantage superposition
With the unique application value of AGV + cooperative robot, more and more robot manufacturers began to join in the R & D and sales of composite robots since 2015, which promoted the emergence and formation of a new market.
Among them, Xinsong is the first manufacturer to launch the new 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, and it has successfully gone overseas.
After that, Haikang used laser slam navigation technology, flexible obstacle avoidance technology, and a manipulator equipped with its own unique visual positioning technology to build the first hybrid robot. In the following years, Haikang’s composite robot once became a hot product in the market.
So far, there are about 18 enterprises in the market developing composite robot products, including stander, Guozi, Han’s robot, Jiazhi robot, etc.
However, compared with other types of robot R & D camp, compound robots are still slightly weak. On the one hand, it is related to the fact that compound robots belong to emerging industries, on the other hand, it is also related to the difficulty of building compound robots and the strength of application popularization.
First of all, the research and development of hybrid robots is not as simple as it seems. Many people may think that the conformal robot is really a simple combination of AGV and manipulator, but it is not. One of the biggest difficulties in the research and development of hybrid robots is technology. The configuration of cooperative robots plus AGV requires the development enterprises to master both technologies, and how to make them work together and stably is also one of the difficulties to be overcome.
Secondly, the market application space has not been highlighted. According to the data of the new strategic Robotics Industry Research Institute, there are about 5000 composite robots applied in the semiconductor industry in the world. The semiconductor industry is more stringent on fine operation, and most of them are high-tech frontier enterprises. Both scale and sales profit can better support this product, but other industry applications are still in small-scale exploration.
Which is the core of AGV or cooperative arm?
It seems that there is not much difference between the use environment of composite robot and that of general AGV, but the original intention of using composite robot determines that it needs to be used in more complex scenes. In specific scenes, composite robot not only needs to complete the task of moving and picking materials, but also needs to join the production line to undertake the processing operation of specific types of work There are higher requirements for AGV environmental adaptability. Therefore, it may be inferred that enterprises with multiple navigation technology capabilities will have more advantages in the competition of AGV platform, and laser navigation and visual navigation will have more advantages than other navigation methods.
From the current structure of most composite robots, in order to maintain its operation accuracy, the manipulator should not be too heavy, too high or too large. In the collocation of manipulator, the light load cooperative robot can operate in a larger space with a smaller space, so it is more suitable to undertake the function of composite robot manipulator.
Composite robot includes two main modules: AGV and manipulator. Which of these two modules is the core of composite robot? When selecting the enterprises related to composite robot, should they prefer the enterprise’s AGV capability or manipulator capability? From the application environment of factory field operation and processing, some people in the industry said that they prefer the manipulator to be the core of the composite robot. Of course, from the current market of the so-called enterprises that have launched composite robots, most of them come from AGV enterprises. 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 price, the application of AGV + cooperative robot will have a better momentum. Enterprises need to identify the differentiation, give full play to their own advantages, and do it precisely.