Mitsubishi delivers 1000 robots to German colleges

Mitsubishi Electric has delivered its 1000th robot for training and education in German universities, colleges and schools. It is also reporting that robot installations in industry are up 20 per cent on 2005, with the growth rate set to accelerate next year.

Like its predecessors, the 1000th educational robot will be integrated into a Festo Didactic training rig designed to emulate the real automated production cells encountered in industry. Unlike its predecessors, however, it will be a new model of robot, the RV-2JA, that has been developed by Mitsubishi to take over from the previous RV-M1 model.

Students are being taught about robotics more than ever because of their increasing take up. This is being fuelled in part because robots costs only about EUR1.64/hour (about £1.20/hour) to run in industry, and their performance is always 100 per cent consistent. A particular trend noticed by Mitsubishi is that companies that transferred their manufacturing to low-wage economies a few years ago are now bringing it home again, saying that robots take out the labour costs and local manufacturing is obviously easier to manage.

The RV-2JA is a 5-DOF (degrees of freedom) articulated-arm robot designed for a wide variety of industrial automation tasks, including fabricating, assembling, packaging, palletising, parts handing and loading/unloading. This adaptability - along with an excellent combination of power, precision, speed, compactness and reach, and a new small control unit - makes it useful for education as well as industry.

Festo was delighted when told that the RV-2JA was under development, saying that part of the design philosophy for its training rigs was to make them as near identical to industrial systems as possible, and a new robot would automatically upgrade and update the rig, keeping it in line with German industry.

The RV-2JA combines a compact size with a reach of over 400mm, making it flexible for training use. In industry it is often installed right next to or even within the cell it is serving. In both situations the manoeuvrability makes small parts handling easy, while a pre-installed airline aids fitting of a pneumatic gripper. Other applications include sample testing in laboratories and medical facilities, inspection and quality control procedures.

A sister robot, the RV-1A, offers a sixth axis of movement for even greater flexibility and is sometimes used in advanced Festo training rigs, as supplied to university and company training schools.

Mitsubishi's 20 per cent growth rate suggests that it is gaining market share, because The International Federation of Robotics and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe have calculated that robot sales rose 17 per cent last year, with further robust growth expected over the next three years.

Currently Japanese industry uses nearly 1,000,000 robots, about half of the world's robot population, but other countries are catching up fast. The Asian tiger economies - South Korea, China and Taiwan – are now investing in robots to stabilise their manufacturing output, while Europe and North America are turning to robots particularly for chemicals, machinery and food manufacturing.

Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.

Travellers Lane
AL10 8XB

+44 (0)1707 288780

More news
4 hours ago
Nabtesco delivers solutions for every drive application
To continue meeting increasing demand, Nabtesco is substantially expanding its production capacities with the construction of a new factory in Hamamatsu, 250 km southwest of the its headquarters in Tokyo – which will double the annual production capacity to two million precision gearboxes by 2026.
21 hours ago
Festo showing ‘Progress in Motion’ at PPMA 2022
The Festo stand at PPMA 2022 will focus on key applications for the process and packaging sector. These include innovative process valve controls, servo-controlled flow wrapping and a new solution for controlling web tension with dancing rollers.
1 day ago
IFM Electronic makes IIoT easy at PPMA 2022
At this year’s PPMA Show, IFM Electronic is focusing on its moneo IIoT platform. This has been developed specifically to provide a convenient solution to the challenge of converting the huge amount of data produced by modern plant and machines into useful information that can be used to reduce downtime, optimise efficiency and cut costs.
1 day ago
Bürkert extends capabilities with Fine Controls partnership
The key distribution partner agreement between Bürkert and Fine Controls brings OEMs or end users in process control a distributor who can supply all the parts necessary to build a complete process system, as well as offering design and specification support.
5 days ago
Individual service for signal integrity
The demands on connection technology performance are constantly increasing. By providing customised support, Phoenix Contact helps customers select connection components to ensure the highest possible signal integrity.
5 days ago
Aveva MES rises in the leader ranks of the latest Gartner report
Aveva’s Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) offering, which is deployed in the UK & Ireland by AVEVA Select partners SolutionsPT, has been recognised as a global leader in industrial software in the latest 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems.
5 days ago
Harwin and MSA Components sign German distribution deal
Harwin is bringing greater strength to its German supply chain through a new strategic partnership with MSA Components. The agreement allows MSA to offer all the latest products from Harwin’s extensive portfolio.
6 days ago
Siemens selected by Microsoft for RAMP Programme
Siemens Digital Industries Software has been selected to participate in the Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) Phase II initiative.
6 days ago
Kontron receives VDC Research’s Gold Award for vendor satisfaction
Kontron has been recognised for outstanding customer satisfaction. The company has received the Gold Vendor Satisfaction Award for IoT and Embedded Hardware technology from VDC Research.
6 days ago
Mouser wins Vishay Distributor of the Year Award
Mouser Electronics has received the 2021 High Service Distributor of the Year award from Vishay Intertechnology, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components.

Login / Sign up