The KIT spinoff robodev GmbH has developed an intelligent module construction kit for a profitable production of small quantities in manufacturing enterprises.
Robot-supported automation is experiencing a boom. Nowadays, the automobile branch in particular would be quite inconceivable without modern industrial robots. From punching sheet metal components to the complete car body, whole automation lines are in operation partly without any human action. It is no coincidence that the automobile industry has become the paragon in this area. As a rule, unlike in many other branches, extremely large quantities are involved that all have to be produced according to exactly the same pattern. “The cost of a simple automation solution is at least 80,000 euro. If smaller quantities, below 10,000 items per month, are involved, this investment will usually not pay its way. Slightly below 75 per cent of processes in the German manufacturing industry are therefore manual or have only been automated to a small degree,” explains Dr Andreas Bihlmaier, co-founder of robodev GmbH.
The robodev founders (left to right): Dr Julien Mintenbeck, Dr Jens Liedke and Dr Andreas Bihlmaier. Quelle: robodev
Industrial robots have a vast scope of application. Their complex motion patterns make their programming so time-consuming, however, that their use is frequently not economical. The KIT spin-off ArtiMinds Robotics has developed a software that makes the programming of robots considerably faster and more intuitive. We have interviewed the ArtiMinds team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.
The four founders of ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH have managed to receive three back-to-back awards in the fan city of Karlsruhe. The business, which was founded in August 2013, has been a pioneer in the field of robotics for some time. With their intuitive robot programming for production machines in the industry, the ArtiMinds team has already cleaned up numerous prizes since the startup.
The business scored its latest success at Robot Launch 2015. At the international competition for robot technologies, organized in Silicon Valley, the KIT team from the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion) was able to prevail against its competitors in the category ‘Best European Startup’. ArtiMinds was the only German team nominated for the finals and won one of the coveted prizes on 09/18/2015.
Just one week before this, another competition was decided in favor of ArtiMinds. The team is among the new winners of the national WECONOMY-Awards 2015. The renowned startup prize is offered by the Wissensfabrik, UnternehmerTUM, and the Handelsblatt. In addition to nine other startups from all around Germany, the Karlsruhe team was selected by a jury and will now be coached and funded for one year.
In addition to these two competitive awards, ArtiMinds, with its “Robot Programming for Dummies”, was selected among the top 25 of the hottest startups in Germany by the HORIZONT magazine. Encouraged by this, too, ArtiMinds continues to expand and strengthen its team. We congratulate ArtiMinds on these successes and will continue to follow the path of these four young founders.
Robots have always fascinated him. “I am glad that I decided to study robotics at university after high school,” said Sven Schmidt-Rohr, one of the three founders of ArtiMinds. ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH, founded in August 2013, develops software with which end users can program even complex movements and tasks of a robot.