Autonomous mobile robot “Kachaka” begins full-scale introduction for corporations such as medical/welfare and food and beverage industries ~A website for corporations will be launched on Tuesday, September 19th, and implementation examples will be released one after another~ ……
Preferred Robotics Co., Ltd. (Preferred Robotics, head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Tatsu Isobe, hereinafter referred to as PFRobotics), which develops autonomous mobile robots, has announced that its smart furniture platform “Kachaka” will be used in the medical, welfare, food and beverage industries, etc. In response to the increasing use of Cachaka, especially in business settings, we opened the Cachaka corporate website on Tuesday, September 19th. In addition, on our corporate website, we have published implementation examples from U&, an employment continuity support company, KK Clinic, an internal medicine clinic in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, and Allied Telesis, a manufacturer specializing in network equipment.
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Kachaka is an autonomous mobile robot equipped with AI technology that moves furniture according to human instructions. In order to make people’s lives more convenient as they diversify, PFRobotics applied the technology it has cultivated in the field of commercial robots to develop “smart furniture,” furniture that automatically moves according to human instructions. I did.
Kachaka can smoothly move around the room and carry docked furniture to a designated location based on the instructions of a person or a dedicated app. It is increasingly being used in a wide range of industries, including research. In addition, because it was developed with home use in mind, it is cheaper than general commercial transportation robots, anyone can easily set it up using a dedicated app, and it can be adapted to a variety of business environments. For example, in offices, hospitals, etc., by leaving the work of transporting supplies, documents, etc. within the facility, which used to be carried by people, to Kachaka, the mental and physical burden on workers can be reduced, and work efficiency can be improved. You can expect it. In addition, the introduction of robots equipped with the latest technology attracts a lot of attention from business partners and facility users, contributing to creating a buzz. In fact, we have received many favorable comments from staff, users, and customers. In the future, we plan to update the service to meet the various needs of corporate customers, such as by supporting individual customization of specialized furniture tailored to the purpose of the business site. ■Kachaka implementation example
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1 Reduce staff burden and improve work efficiency! Furthermore, the popularity attracts more customers!
U&, a type B business that supports continued employment, U& is a business that provides support to people who have difficulty in regular employment due to disabilities or mental illness, by having them work with the support of staff.
Background of the introduction Until now, all the equipment necessary for the work performed by users had been prepared by the staff. In particular, as the number of users increased, there was an issue that the burden of transporting the prepared home work items to each user’s desk and collecting them once completed became a heavy burden. Furthermore, in addition to work, staff also serve lunch boxes during lunch breaks, and we were wondering if there was a way to make this transportation work more efficient, and we considered introducing Kachaka. We decided to introduce this system because we thought it would help reduce the burden on staff.
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Changes after introducing Kachaka
By leaving all the transportation work to Kachaka, we were able to reduce the labor of traditional staff who had to make multiple trips back and forth. In addition, staff can now concentrate on preparing supplies for in-house work, reducing logistics errors and increasing efficiency. Furthermore, when we posted on our website that we have introduced state-of-the-art robots, we have noticed that it has become a hot topic and is having an effect on attracting customers. It has been well received not only by our staff but also by users, and we feel that it is a great value for money.
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This is an internal medicine and hematology clinic located in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, which provides general internal medicine treatment such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as treatment for blood diseases such as anemia, leukemia, and malignant lymphoma. It was opened to improve the situation in which there are few doctors who specialize in blood diseases, and only a limited number of general hospitals can provide treatment.
Background of the introduction Although KK Clinic has introduced electronic medical records, it has been difficult to go completely paperless. We considered introducing Kachaka because the number of times a day the equipment is transported around the ward is
considerable, and it places a heavy burden on those involved. When we tested it, in addition to the smoothness of its movements and the accuracy of task execution, staff members felt attached to it and expressed their regret at parting with it, which led us to introduce it.
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Changes after introducing Cachaka We have been able to significantly reduce the travel of doctors and staff, which not only improves examination efficiency but also allows doctors and nurses to spend more time with patients. . Additionally, we discovered a previously unnoticed process that was leading to a decrease in productivity, which led to an increase in productivity.
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3 We conducted hundreds of hours of wireless LAN quality verification that would be impossible to do manually!
Telecommunications equipment company “Allied Telesis”
Allied Telesis is a company that designs, manufactures, and sells network equipment and software solutions.
Background of introduction
Allied Telesis’ proprietary wireless LAN technology “Channel Bracketing” is characterized by the ability to maintain uninterrupted communication even when the device is moved, and Cachaka introduced it to verify its quality. Previously, staff members carried out verification tests while walking around the company with terminals in hand, but it was difficult to achieve the expected results. We considered using a serving robot, which is often seen in restaurants, but gave up on it because it was expensive, at around 3 million yen each. Meanwhile, I happened to learn about the performance and price of Kachaka on a TV information program, so I went to the shop where it was on display and sold it to find out more details.
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I put my smartphone and laptop on top of my kachaka and run it around the office from morning to night, even on weekends. We are extremely grateful that we were able to conduct hundreds of hours of testing, which would not have been possible manually, and that it has become easier to explain the quality of our services both internally and externally. In the future, we plan to continue automating quality control using Kachaka, such as testing new wireless LAN standards. About Preferred Robotics Co., Ltd.
Preferred Robotics (PFRobotics), which researches, develops, manufactures, and sells autonomous mobile robots, was established in November 2021 as a subsidiary of Preferred Networks Co., Ltd. (PFN), a startup that develops AI such as deep learning. In order to realize the goal of “robots for everyone” together with PFN, we aim to provide robots that are useful to people by making full use of PFN’s strengths in deep learning technology and supercomputers.
At the same time as the company was established, PFRobotics entered into a capital and business alliance with Amano Corporation, Asahi Kasei Homes Corporation, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in March 2022. Following the small commercial floor cleaning robot “HAPiiBOT” jointly developed with Amano (released in October 2022), we launched the self-developed household autonomous mobile robot “Kachaka” on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. .
Company website: https://www.pfrobotics.jp/
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