The number of industrial robots produced worldwide was 220 thousand, with 60% of them made in Japan. Utilized in many different factories, these industrial robots contribute greatly to maintaining Japan's international competitiveness in the face of its falling birthrate and aging population. By equipping these industrial robots with vision and intelligence, the areas where industrial robots can be utilized can be significantly expanded, and the production numbers of industrial robots would increase tenfold.
A robot equipped with vision and intelligence is able to perform two types of automation: the supply, assembly, and processing of parts inside a factory, and the sorting and transportation of goods inside a distribution warehouse. We believe that there will come a day when all manual labor in factories and warehouse can be completely replaced by automation using intelligent robots, and we are earnestly carrying out research and development to contribute towards achieving this goal.
The "eyes" of an industrial robot should provide it with the ability to perform object recognition and pose estimation in three dimensions. This problem can be defined as a search problem in a six-dimensional space. This problem has remained difficult for over 30 years due to its complexity. A typical application would require searching through trillion points in the search space. In addition to this, the "brains" of an industrial robot should provide it with the ability to intelligently control its motion based on what it sees. This motion control problem can again be defined as a search problem in six-dimensional space.
President and CEO
徐 剛 (Gang Xu)
August 30, 2017
Based on research at the Ritsumeikan University in Japan, our company has solved the above technical problems, and have released TVS in March 2011. TVS is the first vision sensor for industrial robots, and ever since, we have been leading this industry. We have collaborations with many major industrial robotics companies such as Yasukawa Electric, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Denso, Mitsubishi Electric, FANUC Corporation and ABB, and their robots can be easily connected with TVS. Our products have been installed in many factories, and are being continuously utilized in every day operations. We have received investment totally 830 million yen from OMRON Ventures, Toyota Tsusho, SMBC Venture Capital, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Future Creation Fund and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital.
Although "TVS" started as a 3D robot vision sensor, its capabilities exceed far beyond three-dimensional recognition. It is also able to perform other functions needed for picking, including motion control and grasp registration. As a result, it is actively used as an intelligent picking controller.
In order for an intelligent robot to perform manipulation, an optimal combination and coordination of the eyes, brain, arm and hand are important. In April 2017, we began developing and offering an integrated intelligent picking robot for logistics automation, which optimally combines vision, intelligence, robot arm and end effector.
We continue to focus on technological development as well as strengthening our technical support for customers. All our salespeople are technicians who can provide technical support. Together with industrial robot manufacturers, system integrators, and resellers, we are continuously seeking to open new markets with the aim of promoting the widespread adoption of intelligent industrial robots. By doing so, we believe we can contribute to solving the problem of labor shortage inside factories and warehouses due to a declining labor force.
Our mission is to promote the widespread adoption of intelligent robots in factories and warehouses.
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