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Siemens works with Google to link robots and automation

23 June, 2023

Siemens has joined forces with Google’s robotics software business, Intrinsic, to explore the possible integration of Siemens Digital Industries’ open, interoperable portfolio for automating and operating industrial production, with Intrinsic’s easy-to-use, AI-based software. They believe that the collaboration could make industrial robotics more accessible and usable, especially for SME manufacturers.

Currently, the development and runtime environments for AI-based robotics and automation components differ significantly in their development paradigms and make integration difficult. For example, deploying advanced robotic capabilities such as automated path planning and robot manipulation are complex processes that typically need teams of experts. The two companies plan to investigate new methods to bridge the gaps between robotics, automation engineering and IT development.

They say that bridging the two worlds will speed up the development of flexible, AI-enabled robot workcells and make them easier to operate. This will make industrial robots more accessible and usable for more businesses, entrepreneurs and developers – particularly in new markets and for smaller companies.

Intrinsic’s mission is to democratise access to robotics,” says the company’s CEO, Wendy Tan White. “However, robotics is rarely decoupled from the production environment, where the most value is created today. That’s why working with Siemens Digital Industries, an industry leading automation expert, is an exciting opportunity to bring joint solutions to the market in the future, so many more businesses can benefit from the value that robotics and automation can offer.”

“Siemens is dedicated to bringing IT and OT closer together – the key principle of our Industrial Operations X portfolio,” adds Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens. “We are impressed by Intrinsic’s open approach to industrial robotics and we are excited to explore with Intrinsic how coupling of AI-based robots and automation technology can be further accelerated.”

Intrinsic, launched by Google’s parent Alphabet in 2021, recently announced a robotics development platform, called Flowstate, that it believes will speed up access to industrial robotics for developers. The Italian robot manufacturer and systems integrator Comau is its first industrial partner.

Intrinsic CEO Wendy Tan White: mission is to democratise access to robotics

The low-code, Web-based platform will help to build robotic applications from concept to deployment.

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