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Midlands businesses offered free robotics consultancy

The Hub News Team | 20.9.16

Companies of all sizes with a concrete idea, challenge or development project related to industrial or service robotics are invited to the MTC's next Open Lab event on 19th October in Coventry, to find out how to access free robotics consultancy and a chance to secure further support and funding to build a complete pilot system.

Attendees have the opportunity to claim one of 64 vouchers which will entitle the recipient up to 400 hours free consulting with a robotics expert.

ROBOTT_NET_2Companies involved in industrial cleaning, waste management, testing and inspection, sorting, laboratory analysis, logistics and other service functions, will find out how they can benefit from the MTC and its technology partners' hardware and software expertise that is on offer at the Open Lab, organised as part of the European ROBOTT-NET project. In addition, the event will also focus on industrial robotics, encouraging manufacturers to come and find out how effective use of automation can support their business, and how they can apply for a ROBOTT-NET voucher.

The objective of the European Union funded ROBOTT-NET programme is to accelerate the development of robotic technologies in business and increase the competitiveness of European companies, by teaching them about hardware, software, programming and assistance with funding the implementation of robots in business.

"We must not think of robots as just working in factories, they are absolutely relevant to professional service companies as well," says the MTC's Chief Technologist - Digital Engineering, Jeremy Hadall. "Technology is enabling a really broad range of service functions like inspection, cleaning and even business modelling, to be performed by robots quicker and more accurately than humans."

Manufacturing companies were the main focus of the first Open Lab in May. The October event will focus on both industrial robotics for manufacturers, as well as service robotics and how these technologies can save companies money, time and labour in a range of functions. The event is targeting manufacturers, robot developers as well as service-sector organisations that have either begun to use automation technology and want to understand more about its capabilities, or are complete novices to how robots can be applied in their businesses.

The next Open Lab, hosted at the MTC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre on 19th October, will follow the MTC's first successful Open Lab event on 26 May 2016, which demonstrated industrial robot technology to engineering companies.

Manufacturers who did not attend the Open Lab in May are encouraged to join the event on 19th October, as the ROBOTT-NET project is taking voucher applications relating to both industrial and service robotics until 14th December 2016, and this is the last Open Lab event in the UK before this deadline.

To register go to www.the-mtc.org/openlab

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