Robotics has become a central part of the manufacturing industry. The
challenge of modern production – short batch production and customized products
– requires robots to be agile and flexible. Robots can access places unsuitable
for human workers. Even detailed maintenance operations can be performed
remotely, and they can be enhanced using virtual reality technologies.
Recently, the rapid, ongoing development of robots has enabled
robotics gain new ground in sharing the workspace with human workers, and
robotics has entered entirely new business areas in the service industries. In
the health and service sector, robotization is one solution for tackling the
challenge of aging population.
Robotics solutions are rarely used without any human support. By employing knowhow from human factors and user experience in all research and development projects, we can ensure that the humans' interactions with the robots are as fluent and comfortable as possible.
How VTT can help in applying your robotics solutions?
VTT offers outstanding expertise in
applying robotics solutions to industrial and service contexts. Our
multi-disciplinary experts can tackle diverse challenges, ranging from
engineering hurdles to new ways of working with robots. As a large research
centre, one of our advantages is having easy access to support from substance
areas that are not directly related to our robotics research and contract work.
We have strong links with the Finnish industry, including SMEs, and we are
actively collaborating on the international level in EU projects and digital
innovation hubs as well.
Our facilities include on-site mechanical
workshops and test facilities and are
equipped with industrial, collaborative, logistics and social robots. Our
equipment also include laser profilers, scanners, cameras, and simulation and
software development platforms needed to build a diverse variety of
applications. Additionally, we can use VTT's experience centre and virtual
reality laboratory to experiment with early design concepts in immersive
environments, or take our mobile user laboratory with us to the field.
Read more about our core application areas:
How to take advantage of robots and develop solutions for enhancing production?
Health and services
How to utilise robots and robotic technology in healthcare, elderly care and service work?