Are you aware of a company called Doosan Robotics? If you're not, you might want to familiarize yourself with them because they are truly on the cusp of some of the most fascinating technology to come along in the history of robotics. They are simply doing things that many people thought could not be done and that fact alone is enough for most people to want to get to know more about them. If you're one of those individuals, here are 20 facts about the company that you might find interesting.
1. They currently make three different types of robots
At this particular point in time, they make three different types of robots. They refer to these different types as “series.” At the moment, they make a Series, A, M and H. More will be discussed about what each one of these particular types of robots is designed to do later on.
2. They often call their products “cobots”
If you're wondering what a cobot is, you're certainly not alone. The company doesn't necessarily like to refer to their products as full-on robots because they prefer to think of their products as something that can help make other businesses run more smoothly while simultaneously improving the lives of individuals. In much the same way that you would think of the people you work with in an office as your co-workers, they refer to their products as cobots because they want other people to begin to think about them in terms of how helpful they can potentially be as opposed to only seeing them as an object that might take jobs away from a human being. In short, they're trying to change the culture so that these types of products are more widely accepted. In addition, there are some situations where the products that are offered by the company don't necessarily take over a particular job that was once occupied by a human, but instead helps those individuals in performing that particular job so that it can be done more safely and efficiently.
3. The Series H is their heavy-duty product
As previously mentioned, they have three different series of products that they currently offer. The Series H is by far the biggest and most involved product that they currently have on hand. It's often considered their heavy-duty product because it's capable of handling a payload of up to 25 grams with ease. That makes it a perfect fit for work in factories that involves moving some heavier objects. In some cases, it can even be used in designated areas where something is being constructed and equipment needs to be moved. One of the truly impressive things about this company is that their products are quite versatile in nature. As such, they can be used in a variety of different situations. The company is also quick to stress that this particular product, along with everything else they produce, is designed to dramatically enhance the safety of operations, not deter from it.
4. The Series M is used for more delicate operations
This is the product that many people consider to be the middle-of-the-road cobot operated by the company. It's not capable of performing heavy duty operations, but it's also not the smallest product that's offered by the company. As such, it typically needs to stay in place once it's been put into service. That said, it's designed specifically for things that require a great deal of dexterity associated with fine motor skills. That makes it a popular option for factories that utilize individuals who are performing repetitive tasks that require such skills. Think about working in an assembly line where something has to be done hundreds of times a day that requires more than its fair share of dexterity and hand-eye coordination in order to be done correctly. This particular cobot is capable of taking over those operations so that things become more streamlined. The idea is to increase productivity by allowing such an assembly line to move faster than it ever could with human beings operating it but more importantly, it's designed to increase the safety with which such a factory can operate. In that capacity, it's not necessarily designed to take over the jobs of human beings, but to provide much-needed assistance by making operations safer and allowing people to move into other positions that aren't inclusive of such repetitive tasks that could potentially result in injury.
5. The Series A can be transported from one location to another
This is the product that the company is perhaps most proud of. It's small enough to be transported from one location to another, making it fully portable. It's also capable of doing many of the same things that the other two products are capable of doing, only on a smaller scale. The fact that it can easily be moved from one location to another opens up opportunities that have never before been available when it comes to these types of products because it can easily be transported to any location they could benefit from its use. That means that individuals who need something like this don't have to construct a special building that's dedicated to the use of these products. Instead, they can simply purchase this particular cobot and then take it wherever they need it. It's even hardy enough to be utilized in the field in some cases, something that would have probably been considered impossible only a few short years ago.
6. They even have a robot that acts as a coffee barista
You might be surprised to know that the company has developed a robot that is capable of acting as your morning coffee barista. It even comes with its own enclosed kiosk that allows it to operate efficiently on a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week basis. Some people might balk at the idea of having a robot prepare their morning coffee because there is something to be said for individual personality and the nuances that go with it. In fact, many people consider the creation of different caffeinated beverages as something of an art form. That said, this system is capable of reducing costs and increasing efficiency because it doesn't need to take breaks, it can work at a faster pace than most human beings and it's capable of performing these tasks without the risk of injury. The question is, is it capable of making a really good cup of coffee?
7. They help companies with custom builds, too
Of course, these specific types of robots aren't the only things that the company is involved with. In fact, they are more than happy to help other companies with custom builds so that something specific to that particular client is created. The products that they have available for purchase can be used by many companies that do different things because the machines can be programmed differently. That said, there are times when something needs to be built from the ground up in order to do a very specific task. They are more than capable of handling that if that's what their clients need them to do.
8. The company uses plug-ins to make automation more effective
Of course, the company also uses software plugins and different types of programming in order to make each one of their machines operate more effectively. You might think of it as plug-and-play, but for robots. It wouldn't be effective to create a robot that is only capable of performing one task across the board, so they program them differently according to what each one of their clients needs that particular product to do. If any of their clients have a problem, they can also come in with certain software patches and plug-ins that allow the products to operate more effectively in that particular environment.
9. They just introduced a brand new product
They are constantly creating new things at the company, as evidenced by the fact that they've just created a brand new product that acts as a robotic camera system. This particular product is capable of going practically anywhere and doing a number of different tasks that involve the use of a camera in various situations. As such, it can be used for anything from security to law enforcement to public safety. In reality, its only limits are those imposed on it by the types of things that people can imagine using it for.
10. They just raised a great deal of money
As you might have guessed, there is a lot of money involved in the field of robotics. As a matter of fact, the company just raised millions of dollars to help fund future projects, $33.7 million to be exact. Up until now, you may have been thinking that they simply made money from sales to fund their future endeavors but the truth is, they have an entire department dedicated to research and development, complete with a fundraising team. As far as this particular aspect of the company’s operations are concerned, you might think of them more as a tech startup than anything else because that is exactly how they operate. Clearly, it’s a system that works well for them.
11. They’re looking for partners
The company is actively looking for new partners to work with. The idea is to keep expanding the realm of possibility related to the field of robotics. For them, it’s just another day at the office.
12. They probably sell more units than you think they do
The company recently announced that they are consistently selling slightly more than 1,000 each year. That is a very respectable number, especially when you consider the fact that it wasn’t that many years ago that there were very few such products in operation.
13. They are expanding their sales territory
There's no doubt about it, the company is also expanding the areas in which it is selling its products. Right now, Europe and North America account for all but about 30% of their sales. That's something that they're working to change, as they expand operations into more areas around the globe.
14. They’re even considering going public on the stock market
It wasn't all that long ago that the thought of a company like this going public on the stock market seemed more like something out of a science fiction novel than reality. Today, that is getting closer to changing as the company considers going public with an IPO in the near future. There isn't an exact date yet, but most people think that it's something that can be expected within the next couple of years or so.
15. They also want to expand into the entertainment industry
They've been considering this for a number of years now. They want to develop something that helps freelancers and content generators become more efficient at their jobs. By the same token, they feel that they can develop a product that can be utilized for many behind the scenes operations in television and film, thereby increasing both safety and efficiency of these types of operations.
16. Most people consider them the future of “smart factories”
Smart factories are those types of factories which are largely operated with robots that are capable of adjusting their tasks according to what is needed at that particular moment in time. This company seems primed to be at the forefront of this type of operation for the foreseeable future.
17. They pride themselves on making things easy for their clients
The company has always been quick to point out that robotics does not have to be complicated. In fact, they pride themselves on making the transition as easy as possible on their clients as well as on creating robots that are easy to operate on a daily basis.
18. Their products are flexible
One of the things that people tend to like about their products is that they can be used for a number of different situations. This reduces the number of robots that their clients have to purchase because they can be adapted to different things as needed.
19. They build products with layers of fail-safe systems
Of course, safety is always of paramount importance. That is precisely why the company builds all of their products with various layers of fail-safe systems. By building in this inherent safety, they can ensure that the robots are operated safely and without the risk of injury.
20. They work in concert with other companies to create specific products
More and more frequently, they are working directly with other companies in order to create specific products that can then be distributed for widespread use. It’s one more way that they are working to make robotics more efficient for their clients.
Written by Allen Lee
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