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SEAT introduces new autonomous robots at Barcelona factory

SEAT introduces new autonomous robots at Barcelona factory

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SEAT has started using a pair of autonomous robots at its Martorell factory in Barcelona, Spain.

The robots, which are also known as EffiBOTs, work entirely autonomously but collaboratively with the human workforce at the site. They can be used to help with a variety of tasks such as moving components around the factory. In fact, each robot can carry up to 250 kilos and pull as much as 500 kilos, helping to take some of the strain off workers. 

Though just two robots are being put into operation at the moment, it’s part of an experimental phase that could see more added over time. It’s all part of a process by SEAT which looks to develop its digital tools and solutions in order to streamline the factory’s operations. 

Each robot processes 360-degree readings of its surroundings, ensuring that it can navigate around obstacles and other robots. 

Herbert Steiner, vice-president for production and logistics for SEAT, said: “Autonomous mobile robots place us at the forefront of innovation in the automotive sector. They’re also a clear example of how robots can collaborate with employees to make their work easier. Their incorporation contributes to driving Industry 4.0 and making us more efficient, flexible, agile and competitive.”

French firm Effidence created the robots in partnership with SEAT. The collaboration allowed the Spanish firm to tailor the EffiBOTs to their new, unique operations at the factory.