London – Automata Technologies has developed a lightweight robotic arm, called Eva, featuring plug-n-play automation that, it says, is “drastically simpler” than existing industrial offerings and a fraction of the cost.
Instead of the usually huge capital expense that is associated with robotics, their solution comes as a service for a cost of £350 a month including hardware, software and support. The London-based company is calling it Robotics-As-A-Service (RAAS), which practically moves robotics from CapEx to an OpEx for their customers.
The start-up recently won the global Innovation Challenge run by ABB Robotics, one of the world’s most prestigious Robotics companies. Automata’s Eva, which can be programmed easily using custom built software is set to raise the eyebrows of manufacturers who are looking to expand or re-shore operations in lieu of the unstable Chinese economy and rising costs of manufacturing in the Far East.
Eva is made of high-strength plastic, making it lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture compared to existing robots. Eva can be programmed by physically moving it through a task, which it can learn and re-run instantly without needing a computer or sophisticated programming.
Eva has been in development over 2 years. Mostafa Elsayed and Suryansh Chandra, founders of Automata, were Lead Designers at London based Zaha Hadid Architects’ Research Group where they explored advanced methods of manufacturing products and building construction.
They investigated the integration of robots in their workflow, but eventually ended up with manual solutions as robots proved to be very cumbersome, complex and time consuming. They soon realized that a large number of manufacturers faced the same problem and set up Automata to address this.
The company has spent the last 6 months iterating through 16 revisions of their hardware prototypes using advanced technologies like 3d printing and building their software from scratch.