Systemantics Promotes ‘Made in India’ Robots Among SMEs

By APA Bureau:

The Bengaluru-based robotics firm Systemantics is on a mission to promote widespread adoption of industrial robots. The company develops and manufactures robots indigenously bringing down cost and simplifying user experience, through patented innovations, thereby increasing the return on investment.
“We combine all the latest technologies in a way to make the life of industry simpler and also help reduce price so that return on investment can be faster,” Harsha Lal, CEO of Systemantics, said.
The speciality of the robots developed by Systemantics is that the components are designed and developed in-house while almost all other companies depend on imported sub-assemblies. “The delivery lead times are much lower than the other companies. Customers can avail advanced technical support locally on-demand.” Abheek Bose, Head Engineering, Systemantics India, said.
If a robot costs Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, one of the same calibre produced by Systemanticsis priced at Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. The company, which is funded by venture capital giants Accel Partners, Blume Ventures, and several other high net-worth individuals, including Infosys co-founder NandanNilekani, has three variants of robots in its ASYSTR series. The first is a unique dual-arm four-axis robot providing SCARA functionality. The second is a long range six-axis robot and the third is a short range six-axis robot.
“We have been shipping robots for over a year and the customer feedback has been extremely positive. We continue to add features and functionality based on the feedback. Users have particularly liked our IOT module and the experience of our simplified teach pendant, which is a standard Android tablet” Lal said.
A vital component of any industrial robot is the gear box. “About 95 percent of the robots in the market depend on standard gear boxes from Japan or Germany. We have looked into the basic fundamentals of a gear box, the requirement from it and have designed it ground up. We have been able to reach consistent levels of high performance with a good price- to- performance ratio,” Jagannath Raju, the Founder and CTO of the company, said. Raju, an alumnus of IIT-Madras, UC, Berkeley and MIT, founded Systemantics in 1995.
The company has a patent for hybrid (serial-parallel) kinematic linkage that enables higher payloads with a lower robot weight at an affordable price point. The company is awaiting another patent on motion sensing.
Robotic arm with IOT module is standard for the company. This helps to capture information which can help in diagnostics, predictive analysis, predictive maintenance and remote management of machines. The company is targeting auto component and machine tool manufacturers. “OEM customers, who are CNC machine builders or machine tool builders, will integrate our robotic system with their machines and sell them as a package,” Lal said.
Through its indigenously developed products, the firm wants to change the mind-set which counts that made in India brands are not as reliable as German or Japanese products. “Our focus is to take small steps, work with machine tools, make the product completely reliable and change the mind-set and then expand,” he said.
Systemantics has established a robust supply chain with India-based component manufacturers for sustained production. It has handpicked high-quality suppliers and collaborated with them closely through the design to manufacture cycle. The company’s products are the brainchild of an Ivy-League pedigree team with multi-disciplinary engineering skills. In the past, it has developed an underwater robotic arm for the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, and a four-legged walking robot for inspection of heat exchanger tubes for the Department of Atomic Energy, Kalpakkam.
The company has also led the Low Cost Flexible Automation Initiative, a consortium of five automotive sector companies, two academic institutions and two small and medium high- technology companies, for the development of low-cost flexible automation

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