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New prototype lightweight collaborative robot developed by BASF and Siasun Robot

Stephen Moore

April 7, 2017

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Chinaplas 2017: BASF to unveil lightweight 'cobot' to help factories work faster

At Chinaplas 2017 to be held May 16–19 in Guangzhou, BASF will present the prototype of a “cobot”—a collaborative robot for industrial use—made be Chinese firm Siasun Co., Ltd. The cobot is made with BASF’s Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer, Ultramid glass fiber-reinforced polyamide (PA) and 3D-printed PA 6.

Cobots are important in the robotics and automation field, as they are more affordable, adaptable and portable compared to traditional industrial robots.

The lightweight design and materials used in the cobot will reportedly help manufacturers boost production speed while lowering energy costs. This is one of five co-creation projects under the banner of Trio, a collaboration between BASF, leading designers and brand owners.

Cobots are important in the robotics and automation field, as they are more affordable, adaptable and portable compared to traditional industrial robots. BASF’s advanced materials not only provide a lighter weight alternative, they also allow molding or 3D printing into complex shapes. The materials are said to have superior properties, including mechanical strength, comfortable haptics, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance and electrical insulation. Additionally, compared to traditional materials, Elastollan and Ultramid are simple to process and provide greater ease of coloring and decoration.

“BASF provided us with great solutions to realize our vision of replacing several parts with lightweight, yet durable materials. They will also offer us many solutions to develop the next generation prototype cobot in future,” said Yang Luo, Vice President, Siasun.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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