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Thinker Co., Ltd. The scope of application of next-generation sensing technology that changes robot hands is further expanded – Thinker successfully develops “dirt-resistant proximity sensor” –

[Thinker Co., Ltd.] The scope of use of next-generation sensing technology that changes robot hands is further expanded.
Thinker successfully develops “dirt-resistant proximity sensor” –
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Press release: July 1, 2024
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The scope of application of next-generation sensing technology that will transform robot hands is further expanded – Thinker successfully develops “dirt-resistant proximity sensor” –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFzkmQJe0_U
Thinker Co., Ltd. (pronounced as Thinker, head office: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Representative Director and CEO: Hiromichi Fujimoto, hereinafter referred to as Thinker), which is working on innovating manufacturing sites with “robotic hands that think with your fingertips,” has recently developed a technology that combines infrared rays and AI. We have developed a new product, “Proximity Sensor TK-01G,” which uses a unique sensing technique to quickly and non-contactly grasp the position and shape of objects without using a camera and is equipped with a dustproof function. This makes it possible for robots to perform diverse and flexible handling even on sites where there is a risk of contamination such as dirt and dust, and makes it possible to utilize it at manufacturing sites where introduction has been postponed until now.

In addition, Thinker will introduce this “proximity sensor TK-01G” to the industrial robot exhibition “ROBOT” to be held at Aichi Sky Expo from July 4th (Thursday).
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We will be exhibiting at “2024” (our booth number: E74) and holding a demonstration. Please come and take a look at our “Dirty-Resistant Proximity Sensor.”

Thinker’s original proximity sensor model “TK-01” has received inquiries from over 800 companies since the start of mass production samples in August 2023. Currently, we are working on demonstration evaluations with over 60 partner companies, and some companies have also started trial implementation in mass production processes, and preparations for implementation are progressing. By providing the “Proximity Sensor TK-01G”, Thinker hopes to meet the needs of even more customers and work to further expand the range of manufacturing robots. .

* -Benefits of proximity sensor TK-01G installed on robot hand-* ・Since the robot can sense and respond to the target object each time, the cost of teaching the robot can be reduced.
・It can sense and respond to changes in workpieces, eliminating the need to switch hands and improving productivity.
・Capital investment is lower than robot hands using vision sensors. -Can handle glass and mirror surfaces, which was difficult to do with vision sensors alone.
– By combining the vision sensor and proximity sensor TK-01G, systems related to workpiece recognition can be optimized.
– Can be used in sites with dust and water droplets.
– Easy maintenance due to proper casing.
* ■ROBOT TECHNOLOGY JAPAN 2024 (Robot Technology Japan) *
One of the largest BtoB exhibitions in Japan, held in Chubu, an area with a concentration of manufacturing and other industries.
Approximately 202 companies and organizations (1,096 booths) gathered at the first exhibition in 2022.
Period: July 4th (Thursday) – July 6th (Saturday) 10:00 – 17:00 (Ends at 16:00 on the last day)
Venue: Aichi Sky Expo (Aichi Prefecture International Exhibition Center) (Our booth number: E74)
Official URL: https://robot-technology.jp/
Sponsor: News Digest Co., Ltd.
Co-sponsor: Aichi Prefecture Machinery Tools Commercial Cooperative Association Sponsored by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Aichi Prefecture * ■Thinker’s proximity sensor*
This is a sensor that can quickly and non-contact grasp the position and shape of objects using unique high-speed, high-resolution sensing that combines infrared rays and AI without using a camera. This makes it possible to handle mirror-surfaced and transparent materials, which were considered difficult for conventional industrial robots, and to pick up items on a case-by-case basis depending on the site
environment, dramatically expanding the possibilities of picking using robot hands. Masu. In addition, since the time and labor required for teaching (the process of teaching robots to perform tasks) can be significantly reduced, it is expected that robot hands will be used in new areas.
Thinker will begin offering mass-produced samples of the original model “TK-01” in August 2023. This time, “TK-01G” will be equipped with a dustproof function.

○Proximity sensor TK-01 introduction video (YouTube):
https://youtu.be/9ngE1IxFgHw
〇Video of the gripping unit following a moving object by sensing it (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtwL4D1kWuU
* ■Company profile*
Name: Thinker Co., Ltd.
Address: 6F-188, Osaka Center Building, 4-1-3 Kutaro-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka 541-0056
Representative: Representative Director and CEO Hiromichi Fujimoto Established: August 2022
Company description:
We sell the “proximity sensor” developed by Assistant Professor Keisuke Koyama (director of our company) at the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, and propose solutions using this product. By equipping robots with the ability to think on their own to make decisions based on the situation, we will revolutionize the world of collaborative robots that work alongside humans. URL: https://www.thinker-robotics.co.jp/
Note: The company name Thinker embodies the ideas of “a group that thinks things through,” “a robot that thinks,” and “accelerates the evolution of robots.”
* ■Related links*
・Robot hand that “thinks with your fingertips” improves efficiency at sites where automation is difficult
(Startup Pop Japan Finance Startup Support Portal opened on June 26, 2024) https://www.jfc.go.jp/n/finance/startuppop/interview/detail0001.html ・Infrared proximity sensor that brings about “innovation in hands” and opens up possibilities for industrial robots
(MONOist October 19, 2023)
https://monoist.itmedia.co.jp/mn/articles/2310/05/news002.html ・Started development of next-generation robot hand that “thinks and grasps with your fingertips”
(PRTIMES July 31, 2023)
* https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000013.000106143.html* ・Sixth sense sensor that compensates for blind spots during operation, unique hardware and AI that do not miss transparent objects
(Nikkei Crosstech September 13, 2022)
https://xtech.nikkei.com/atcl/nxt/column/18/02183/00002/
・“Proximity sensor” developed by Assistant Professor Koyama of Osaka University, a “sixth sense” that supplements robots’ visual and tactile senses
(Nikkei Crosstech February 28, 2022)
https://xtech.nikkei.com/atcl/nxt/mag/nmc/18/00011/00158/
・Keisuke Koyama official website
https://kk-hs-sa.website/
* ■Inquiries to Thinker Co., Ltd.*
Contact page: https://www.thinker-robotics.co.jp/contact/
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