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How Augmentus Is Disrupting Automation With Unified And Code-Free Robot Programming

Published 03 Jun 2020

The Current State of Automation

Automation offers tremendous benefits, with it proven to lower cost by 63% and defect rates by over 70% compared to manual processes,  but even in factories where robots offer its greatest value, only one in ten automatable tasks is automated. There are two distinct reasons for this:

(1) High difficulty in robot programming

Currently, robot manufacturers require the use of their respective proprietary programming languages as well as a technology stack, in order to operate and program their robots. For example, ABB has RAPID, FANUC has Karel, Universal Robots has URScript, and Kuka uses KRL. In fact, there are over 30 robot programming languages today! To make matters worse, the programming environment provided by robot manufacturers is unintuitive and lacks many of the conveniences of modern applications. This results in the need for specialized experts that run through extensive and expensive training for individual platforms to program robots. It is no wonder according to the Global Robot Programming Services Market report, that one of the major factors hindering the adoption of robotic automation is the high technical competency of robot programming and a lack of skilled technicians.

This high level of technical expertise for robot programming results in a high cost for robotic system development and deployments. Almost 75 % of the total lifetime costs of each robot are software and programming related. 

(2) A fragmented ecosystem

Existing processes of automation require system integrators to develop custom project-based solutions for specific companies. This is particularly apparent for applications that demand the use of various modules, such as machine vision, cloud computation and storage, and plc integration. This high degree of fragmentation results in drastically long development and deployment times. 

Born from the experience of these perennial problems of high robot programming difficulty and a heavily fragmented ecosystem, a team of robotic engineers and product people came together to start Augmentus, offering a full-stack, unified and easy-to-use robotic automation platform. The platform enables anyone, even those without prior technical knowledge, to easily develop and manage robotic systems with high speed and accuracy.


The Augmentus Advantage

Here at Augmentus, we are proud to introduce to you the industry’s leading full-stack and code-free robotic automation platform. This solution addresses the aforementioned problems through the following industry breakthrough:

Image: Augmentus Full-Stack Platform for Industrial Automation


(1) Extensive Hardware Compatibility

With Augmentus, you are able to operate different robot brands and equipment seamlessly. Be it a Nachi or a Universal Robot’s robotic arm, the Augmentus platform is able to develop and deploy various types of robotic arms. Furthermore, we support a wide variety of end-effectors, software and modules for fast deployment in all robotic applications.

(2) Simplified Industrial Robot Programming UI

Augmentus offers an intuitive tablet-based programming software that enables non-technical operators to develop entire robotic systems through mixed reality. Rather than having engineers writing thousands of lines of code, users can simply draw the robotic arm’s paths through a live video feed on a mobile device and watch the robot move without typing a single line of code. The platform does not require CAD files or elaborated hardware setups while additionally allowing users to adjust waypoints in the submillimeter range (<1mm). It also leverages existing interface platforms such as web browsers and mobile tablets, hence there is no need for the purchase of additional costly hardware. 

(3) Ubiquitous Cloud Architecture

The cloud architecture integrated into the Augmentus platform allows for collaborative and remote system developments and deployments. This in turn encourages more local and international collaboration in automation where overseas companies are only required to 3D scan their robotic cell and share the digital copy with the local company for robotic programming using Augmentus. Together with the simplified industrial robot programming UI, the improved ergonomics also frees users from the bounds of desktop and robotic work cell, allowing users to iterate designs anywhere; on the factory floor, in front of clients, or even when commuting.

(4) Integrated AI Model Builder 

Today if you would like to develop solutions for dynamic automation, e.g. integrating intelligence into the robotic arm, it is a very fragmented process. In fact, you will need to outsource both robotic and AI development separately. The Augmentus platform unifies and streamlines the development process for dynamic automation by integrating an AI model builder into its platform, allowing the user to program robotic systems and develop the AI inference model with little to no technical expertise.

Image: Controlling the robotic arm by simply drawing the path on the iPad


How development time can be drastically shortened

The current process when embarking on a robotic inspection system project is laborious, time-consuming and most importantly – it’s costly.

To give a realistic illustration: for most businesses which do not have an in-house specialist team, outsourcing a robotic specialist will take approximately a month to program the robotic arms. Similarly, outsourcing a machine vision (MV) specialist will take another month for MV programming. An additional week may be given for the testing of the algorithm. 

An accumulation of these seemingly negligible periods of time actually amounts to an astonishing 63 days just for development purposes. Furthermore, hefty extra costs go into hiring these robotic and MV specialists. 


“Time is money; continually look for ways to do things faster and better”
-Brian Tracy


Image: Drastic time reduction from 6 hours using a teach pendant to only 5 minutes with Augmentus


With Augmentus, your non-technical staff can take an estimated 5 days to program the robotic arms. Upon uploading images into the Augmentus Web Portal, it takes about 2 days to test and finalize the algorithm for deployment. As such, it only takes a total of 7 days to develop and with the help of your non-technical staff, there are no additional hefty costs incurred. 

“I’m impressed. It is faster than anything else by several orders of magnitude and they are starting to add more advanced functions.”

– Taufan, Construction Automation Engineer

Starting your journey with Augmentus

Automation has been the realm of expensive, highly-trained experts. Until now. The Augmentus platform enables any non-technical user to program both industrial and collaborative robots, either for repurposing or redeployment purposes. If you have plans to implement a robotic solution, Augmentus drastically lowers the cost as you program robotic automation in minutes, thereby weaning dependency on expensive specialists.

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