Berlin, March 2021
Circular Economy: Innovative solutions for sustainable production processes.
The Berlin-based robotics company pi4_robotics GmbH was honored with an innovation award for the fourth time in February 2021, the 13th award so far received by the company.
The magazine Capital awarded the company pi4_robotics for being one of the most innovative companies in Germany in the category “mechanical engineering / up to 250 employees”. According to Capital, it is precisely in difficult times that German companies show how a crisis can be a driving force for innovation. For pi4_robotics, however, there is usually no need for a crisis: “Innovation has been our DNA since the company was founded. But, of course, this further award is motivation and, above all, an additional incentive for us to stand by our customers with support and best possible advise, also in difficult times”, explains Matthias Krinke, CEO and founder of the robotics company, which celebrates its 27th birthday this year.
A building block for sustainable and economical production in Europe
Aside from economic aspects, ecological production conditions also play an increasingly important role. And Europe is also increasingly becoming the focus of many manufacturing industries as a production location. “The decisive factor for us is the holistic approach that we offer our customers. In addition to expert advice, we are particularly committed to helping our customers to become pioneers in the circular economy, from product development, through production, to final inspection”, says Krinke. This specifically involves sustainable product design, in which automatic production is already taken into account during product development and which allows fully automatic disassembly and recycling at the end of the product’s life. This not only saves enormous costs and resources, but awareness of responsibility paired with environmentally friendly production methods also ensures good quality standards and service, along with credibility. A bonus of trust that pays off for more and more companies.
Speed is an important factor in innovation
It takes many steps from the initial idea to a marketable product. A circumstance that often takes up too much time in a fast-paced world. “As a founding member of the Werner-von-Siemens-Centre for Industry and Science e.V., we have therefore set ourselves a goal of increasing speed and innovation performance through close cooperation between research, teaching and industry on our campus in Siemensstadt 2.0”, explains Krinke. With three research projects already underway, pi4_robotics GmbH is actively driving the change in production technology and planning mobility and energy transition projects. The company is very open to new cooperation partners: “We would like to invite other companies to break new ground with us and to research and work together in high-performance teams of the WvSC e.V. at the Berlin location”, Krinke concludes.
Flexible feeding of bulk goods
Berlin, February 2021 - Flexible feeding of bulk goods. Fast, reliable, gentle and with optical quality control of your components. The Robofeeder. from pi4 separates and controls your components with cycle times of up to 1.5s per component. More than 26 years of experience have gone into the proven and robust series hardware, which is now being delivered with the latest AI-based image processing from pi4. The new software makes it possible to learn new products quickly and with little effort. Video.
R&D project RoMi: Robotics4Care
Berlin, February 20201 - R&D project RoMi: Robotics4Care.
Research and development project for the use of #servicerobots in care. The combination of the confidence-building design of the robot and technological improvements promotes the use and acceptance of supporting robots in care practice. This will reduce the workload for the care staff and increase the quality of care. See here.
Berlin, February 2021 - The autonomous Robot Workerbot6p from pi4 is a mobile HRC-capable Cobot and has AI based 3D image processing. In one system, it combines the strengths of the sensitive lightweight robot UR5e from Universalrobots and a mobile, autonomous platform with SLAM navigation. The WB6P is location-independent and highly flexible - the ideal prerequisite for the requirements of Industrie40.
Berlin, January 20201 - Machining centers fully automatic loading and unloading, with the Workerbot7 from pi4: Do you have an older machine with manual doors? No problem, the robot can open and close the doors. The Workerbot7 also takes over the clamping, releasing and blowing off of the workpieces. Do you want to machine parts with manual loading during the day? No problem, you simply push the Workerbot7 aside. Who calibrates the position of the robot in relation to the processing machine? The robot does it by itself, you don’t need an employee with robot experience.
You find this solution interesting, but want to test the robot for 4 weeks first? You can rent the Workerbot7 from robocene.
24/7 Service by pi4
Berlin, January 2021 - 24/7 Service by pi4: With our global network and by using the latest means of #servicerobotics and communication, we can offer our customers the outstanding service of a global market leader. See Service.
Motorways as solar farms
Berlin, November 2020 - Motorways as solar farms, Matthias Krinke, CEO of pi4, has been recommending this for years! Tens of thousands of kilometers of autobahn cross Germany. A research project is now investigating whether the gigantic areas can be used for solar roofs. The energy yield would be enormous and there would also be other positive effects, such as no additional land consumption and safe ice-free transport in winter without road salt. The quality of the solar modules from Germany can be ensured by the fully automatic testing technology of pi4. Data sheet of the module tester.
Temporary use of robots
Berlin, October 2020 - Temporary use of robots: The company Robozän / Robocene offers its humanoid robots from pi4_robotics GmbH in the sense of a “pay per workforce” as temporary workers, among other things as a concierge or as a sales assistant in an independent mini-factory. The promise: the robot is learned in after 48 hours and can then do its job on its own. Matthias Krinke, Managing Director of Robozän, emphasizes: “The customer has no risk because it is a full-service contract and he only pays when the robot is doing its job. It is the ideal model for customers with no knowledge of robots. If the robot proves itself in everyday life and if the need continues beyond the six months, the robot temporary worker is not infrequently taken over”, that is, bought. The demand is there: According to Krinke, his group of companies with Robozän / Robocene and pi4_robotics GmbH will probably make 90% of sales with RaaS in 2022. https://www.maschinenmarkt.vogel.de (German).
Berlin, October 2020 - pi4, who understand robots: Concept, engineering, production and programming of robot applications and image processing with robots from manufacturers pi4_robotics, Universal Robots, Epson, Fanuc, Kuka and grippers from Robotiq and OnRobot. Video of a Workerbot.
24/7 corona tests with robots
Berlin, April 2020 - 24/7 corona tests with robots: No risk of infection for staff and travelers, fast and inexpensive tests without waiting times. The new workerbot has been expanded to include a reader for health cards, sample handling and a notification function via encrypted email or cloud.
Face-mask dilemma solved: Masks from here, for all, immediately
Berlin, April 27, 2020 - A small robotic factory quickly produces and sells masks locally.
There is an urgent need for something to change in production of the coveted mouth-and-nose (oronasal) protection masks. Two Berlin companies have acted early and started unusual cooperation. The result: the masks can now be produced, packaged and offered exactly where they are needed. Fast, inexpensive, space-saving and completely automatically. The RespiratorBot could supply the whole of Germany. The first mini-factories will be delivered already in May.
Today, when you say “factory”, you usually mean huge halls, somewhere far away from the lives of the people who need the product in question. This is precisely what the Corona crisis has made into a problem: when demand rises sharply, global supply chains appear less resilient - and are prone to corruption. In the case of medical protective equipment, the failure of a delivery can cost human lives.
Enter: pi4_robotics and Mikron Berlin. “Together, our companies have everything we need to solve this problem”, says Matthias Krinke, Managing Director of pi4_robotics. The company has recently caused a sensation in the retail trade: it is the only manufacturer of robots in the world that manufactures products independently and sells them directly, in its own worker robot kiosk, around the clock. Mikron Berlin, in turn, specializes in manufacturing systems for large quantities. “We wanted to get a fast production line for mouth-and-nose protection masks into as small an area as possible”, says Nils Rödel, Managing Director at Mikron Berlin. “In addition, the system should be absolutely easy to maintain and adjust”.
The result is the RespiratorBot: A mini-factory complete with sales staff - but almost entirely without human labor. It fits into a normal sea freight container in which it can be both transported and set up. For example, in front of a hospital, next to a shopping center, behind a school. The integrated air conditioning system with an air purification filter enables production even in places with high levels of virus contamination. The system independently reports material requirements and quantities via the Cloud. This keeps the use of people and thus the risk of infection to a low level.
Because transport routes are eliminated, the end product becomes cheaper. This is especially true for the option of selling the masks to individual end users right at the place of production. Depending on the set-up, the system can offer packs of 10 or individual masks - packed cleanly in welded bags and, if desired, in printed bags and boxes. Of course, all masks have a nose clip and a center layer of special, particularly fine meltblown material. The customer can certify them as medical products. A single RespiratorBot produces more than two million units per month. “We have calculated from official statistics that medical personnel in Germany need at least 50 million mouth-and-nose protection masks per month”, says Nils Rödel from Mikron. “We could cover this demand with just 25 containers”. And Matthias Krinke adds: “Since we already have a nationwide mouth protection obligation for the public, the RespiratorBot with its direct sale is particularly well suited to supply people close to their daily life”.
Robotics4Retail: Robots help the corona rules to disinfect hands and limit the number of customers to comply with the retail trade.
Berlin, April 2020 - Robotics4Retail: Robots help to comply with the corona rules of hand disinfection and limiting the number of customers in retail. Our robot IOSY acts as a friendly receptionist who monitors and regulates the number of customers in the store. During the waiting period, the robot motivates and instructs customers on how to disinfect their hands. Retailers can buy or rent the robots at an affordable price. The robots are available from stock.
Production facility for 30 million respirators per year
Berlin, April 2020 - Made by pi4 Berlin: Production facility for 30 million respirators per year. Delivery time currently 2 months. The integration in the sea container enables production directly at the point of need. Optionally, a fully automated factory outlet can be integrated.
Concierge robots protect your employees from risks
Berlin, March 2020 - The Concierge Robots greet your guests politely, professionally, always reliably and in a good mood; check identity (face recognition and comparison with ID card data); check whether the visitor has a fever (non-contact temperature measurement); the visitor has an appointment; instruct the visitor in the safety, hygiene and data protection guidelines; inform the host and motivate the visitor to hand disinfect in the waiting area.
“Germany’s most innovative company”
Berlin, March 2020 - Capital 03/20: “Germany’s most innovative company”. They create new things and change their industries: that’s pi4. Many talk about progress. But which companies really create new things and also implement the ideas? With the data analysts from Statista, the business magazine Capital has identified pi4_robotics GmbH as one of the most innovative mechanical engineering companies in Germany.
Service Robotics Live!
Berlin, October 2019 - “Alex Workerbot” helps out the service stuff at Conrad’s in Berlin, Schöneberg.