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Epson seeks to autonomise UAE industrial sector

Epson has recently demonstrated its newly expanded robotics range at international event Automatica 2018, including its new dual-arm robot, the WorkSense W-01.

This newly completed and unique line up of SCARA and vertical axis robots demonstrates Epson’s commitment to robotics innovation, meeting the needs of both large and small manufacturers.

Jason Whiley, director of sales, Epson Middle East, said, “By simplifying robot programming, supporting complex manufacturing and providing packaged solutions, we aim to help remove any barriers to automation. We are likewise committed to working alongside our customers to deliver solutions that match their needs.”

Epson launched the WorkSense W-01, an autonomous dual-arm robot, ideal for the automation of complex tasks and small lot sizes. Described as “seeing, sensing, thinking, working”, this intelligent robot is designed for largely autonomous production in a number of new and different applications – and comes equipped with a large number of internal sensors from cameras to force sensors.

“With the help of a few intermediary steps and tools, the WorkSense W-01 is able to complete tasks autonomously that would previously have required a complicated, multi-robot set up. The WorkSense is not yet available in the Middle East but we are assessing the possibility of launching it here, especially since the UAE is committed to Artificial Intelligence with initiatives such as the launch of UAE Council for AI, a Minister for Artificial Intelligence and a first-ever AI summer camp for students that was held this year. We think the future is bright for robotics and AI in the region,” added Whiley.

Designed to meet the changing needs of businesses, the new range of robots meets increasing demand for affordable automation by SMEs and more precise and efficient technology. These announcements come at a time of growth and investment for Epson, whose 2025 vision is to be the global market leader in compact, precision robots.

The SCARA T6 robot, available for purchase on the Epson global webstore, is perfect for ‘pick and place’ applications – precise and efficient – handling payloads of up 6kg, double that of its predecessor, the T3. The VT6-L, available soon on the webstore, joins the lineup delivering ‘just enough’ robot to automate repetitive tasks at an extremely competitive price. The N6 completes Epson’s robotics offering, providing revolutionary kinematics as a compact 6-axis industrial robot with a small footprint but incredible dexterity.

Epson’s corporate vision sees high revenue growth to 2025, with a substantial portion coming from its industry related business, which includes robotics. The business continues to invest in new developments, such as human collaborative robots for the future. Committed to leading the market forwards, the business will continue to expand its offering, providing manufacturing customers with sophisticated technology and tailored robotics solutions.

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