When we seek to automate our production lines, we seek practical and flexible solutions.

Programming an industrial robot regardless of the task like classifying objects or moving them generally requires thousands of lines of code. and this same coding process must be carried out each time the robot needs to be configured for each process, which generates more expenses.

is what the Singapore-based start-up Augmentus is trying to develop dedicated to helping companies integrate new software without code allows anyone, even those with no robotics experience or programming skills, to develop, implement and reuse systems robotics in no time.

Augmentus, was founded by IEEE researchers Daryl Lim, Yong Shin Leong, and Chong Voon Foo, dedicated to making automation more accessible through their intuitive robot programming platform. Recognized as one of the IEEE Four Stars for Entrepreneurship at Slingshot 2020. The award is designed to recognize startups driven by engineering innovation in accordance with the IEEE Core Mission.

The company’s chief operating officer, Lim, said the platform’s software has a graphical interface that allows non-technical users to program industrial robots in minutes.

It has an integrated artificial intelligence system that allows users to prepare the software to effectively identify the parts using a vision algorithm. Programming and operating a robot system typically takes several months. With its intuitive platform and software based on artificial intelligence

This development is aimed at manufacturers of industrial robots, or parts for machinery. Lim said, that by making industrial robots easier to program, the software can help companies increase efficiency and reduce costs, as well as preserve manufacturing jobs.

How does this software work?

A professional selects the robot and equipment from the software menu, uses the iPad camera to scan the area where the robot is working, and then uses the pen to draw dots on the screen to trace the trajectory of the robot arm for the task. . The software running in the cloud will automatically generate code to create the best path for the robot. Before running the virtual simulations at the factory, customers can make corrections and tests to confirm the code.

Lim said that compared to conventional coding approaches, the technology in this new software enables the company to increase the speed of robot development and deployment by 10 times, while reducing costs by a tenth.

The future of today’s manufacturing is largely dependent on the incorporation of robotic automation systems and flexible digital technology. All together allows factories to remain active in the market and to generate jobs.