After the first participation in the B2RUN-corporate challenge Kaiserslautern last year, the Robot Makers Running Team again took part in the running event in Kaiserslautern’s inner city this year. Thus, the six-kilometer route, which stretches from the SAKS hotel through the pedestrian zone over Barbarossa and Bismarckstrasse back to the Stiftsplatz, was tackled by eight brave runners.
After our first participation in the B2RUN-Corporate Challenge last year, we will again face the challenge of the sporting spectacle on the 18th of May 2017 in our hometown. With nine runners our team is going to overcome the approximately five kilometer-long run through the Kaiserslautern city center. Our team starts in the last starting block at 6:30 pm at the Stiftsplatz in front of the SAKS-Hotel. Friends, patrons and partners are, of course, invited to support our team at the track!
From 25th to 27th January 2017, our partner Niko Maschinenbau will present the driverless vineyard crawler to the visitors at the machine exhibition of the Agrartage Nieder-Olm. For the first time, the machine itself will be represented on the booth of our partner in Hall C, Stand 024. Robot Motors GmbH and Niko Maschinenbau would be really happy to welcome you there.
Thanks to the technology of the Robot Makers GmbH, this crawler vehicle is able to complete various care tasks in the vineyard completely autonomously. In contrast to other systems on the market, the machine doesn’t use the high-precision RTK-GPS. Most of the data used for navigation is provided by the “eyes” of the vehicle, so-called ambient environment sensors. In addition to independently running the rows in wine and fruit cultivation, the vehicle is also able to turn independently at the row exit and enter the next row. This allows complete plantations to be processed autonomously.
By eliminating the necessity of the highly accurate RTK-GPS signal, the system achieves greater robustness against signal fluctuations caused by shading (e.g. because of trees or precipices) and weather phenomena. In addition, the position offset arising by the slippage of the crawler while the transposition maneuver can be counterbalanced. This offset forces today’s systems, which are based on precisely predefined tracks, to come to a standstill.
For the fifth year in a row, employees and friends of the Robot Makers GmbH gathered at the christmas market in Kaiserslautern to say goodbye to the last year and to agree on the new year 2017 with many exciting projects. In addition to our employees, this year again some former colleagues as well as friends and acquaintances of our company followed our call and together we spent a beautiful pre-christmas evening.
The Robot Makers GmbH wants to take this opportunity to thank all of its customers, partners and friends for the cooperation in last year and to wish Merry Christmas and a good start to the new year 2017 to everyone.
From 27 to 30 November, the Intervitis, Interfructa, Hortitechnica, a major trade fair for wine, juice and special cultures took place on the grounds of the Landesmesse Stuttgart. In addition to the latest developments in cultivation and harvesting technology, innovations in the areas of handling, process control, marketing and architecture were also presented. Therefore, a good overview above the entire process chain from cultivation to marketing was provided. Members of Robot Makers GmbH were also on the road during the four exhibition days, both as exhibitors and visitors.
In the course of Intervitis, Interfructa, Hortitechnica, our partner NIKO Maschinenbau is presenting a vineyard crawler, which is able to complete several tasks independently. In contrast to other systems on the market, the machine doesn’t use the high-precision RTK-GPS. Most of the data used for navigation is provided by the “eyes” of the vehicle, so-called ambient environmental sensors. In addition to independently running the rows in wine and fruit cultivation, the vehicle is also able to turn independently at the row exit and enter the next row. This allows complete plantations to be processed autonomously.
On Wednesday, the 15th of June 2016, five runners of the Robot Makers GmbH started, to master the 6 km-trail of the B2RUN-Corporate Challenge, through the city center of Kaiserslautern. After it rained all day, the sun gained back her dominance exact when the first group started and provided the more than 6000 participants with perfect weather for the run.
From 10th to 12th of May we presented our BiSS-to-EtherCAT-Gateway on the measurement fair SENSOR+TEST 2016 in Nuremberg. The Gateway, that is based upon our Modular Control System, establishes a connection between the powerful and digital sensor-actuator-bus-system BiSS-Interface and the real-time-capable fieldbus-system EtherCAT and therefore enables the possibility to use advanced sensors with the digital BiSS-Interface in various closed loop controls.
After our successful debut at the SENSOR+TEST last year, the Robot Makers GmbH also takes part at the Measurement Fair in Nuremberg this year. From 09 to 12 May 2016 the possibilities of the electronic series Modular Control System are shown together with the central control- and evaluation-unit Generic Control Box and the software framework Finroc®, in a scenario of modern measurement technology. As a special innovation, our BiSS-to-EtherCAT-Gateway is presented, that connects the both powerful bus systems, BiSS-Interface and EtherCAT.
On Friday April, 22th 2016 the Night of Sciences will take place in Kaiserslautern at the institute mile “Trippstadter Straße” and at the Technical University. This exhibition format serves the located institutes, companies and the university campus a display window of new technologies and inspiring science. From 7pm to 12pm the institutes of the PRE-Uni-Park in the “Trippstadter Straße”, the Business + Innovation Center and the campus of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern will again open their doors for many visitors.