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12 Russian Industrial Robots: from Manipulators to Exoskeletons

21 February 2020

By Andrey Spiridonov

Although Russia lags far behind world leaders in terms of robotization, and most robots introduced at domestic enterprises are produced abroad, Russia still has developments in this area. Some of them are still at the mvp stage, others are already being mass-produced.

Logistics robots

Logistics robots have recently been increasingly mentioned in relation to retail, but they remain an important solution for industrial enterprises.

In April 2019, Ronavi Robotics, part of the TechnoSpark Group, began mass production of Ronavi H-1500 logistics robots. This robot is designed to carry heavy loads. It weighs 250 kg, has a payload capacity of 1.5 tons, and travels at a speed of 1.3 m/s. When ordering a small batch, H-1500 costs $30,000.

At the end of 2020, two more Ronavi robots are to go on sale—the S50 with a capacity of 500 kg, designed to sort letters and parcels, and the M500 robot with a capacity of 500 kg for automated transport of “goods to humans”.

In 2018, the testing of the Kibersklad robotic system was started. This is a kind of logistics cobot since the system involves working with the operator: robots bring racks at the kitting station, and people select goods for specific orders. The founders of Kibersklad propose the turnkey completion of the warehouses. The warehouse consists of a mobile robot with a payload capacity of 50 or 500 kg with a speed of 2 m/s, which delivers goods, equipment stations, mobile shelving, and the RICS automated control system. According to Sergey Simonov, the Kibersklad co-founder, the owning cost of such a robot will be RUB 150,000 with depreciation, and the cost of the entire system for the warehouse processing of 2-3 thousand orders per day will be RUB 20-25 mln.

To conclude, even a cursory review of the industrial robots developed by Russian companies inspires some optimism. Domestic manufacturers create and test different configurations of robotic systems and develop their software. It is also important that Russian-made robots are successfully introduced and solve a variety of problems not only in Russian but also in foreign enterprises.

Source: Forbes, 19.02.2020