FARobot, the strategic joint venture by Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) and ADLINK Technology Inc debuted its Swarm Autonomy solution at the Automation Taipei exhibition. It is the first robotic management platform with cross-brand integrability across IT, OT systems, IoT devices, and factory equipment. In the future, Swarm Autonomy solution is expected to be introduced into Hon Hai’s Lighthouse Factory Network to optimize the Group’s intelligent manufacturing system.
Demand volatility is shaping the new productivity standard, with additional challenges of labor shortage and rising costs. These factors drive manufacturers and logistic operators to seek more flexible and resilient solutions. In two short years, with the strength of Hon Hai’s vast manufacturing data and ADLINK’s cutting-edge communications technology for industrial applications, FARobot has designed a fitted solution for international manufacturers to solve those issues; thus, paving the way to enter the global smart manufacturing and logistics market.
3+3 Emerging Industries
“Robotics is one of FOXCONN Group’s “3+3” emerging industries and is our solid foundation for moving toward automated, digitized, and intelligent production,” said James Tu, Chief Investment Officer of Foxconn and Chairman of FARobot. “FARobot is expected to play an important role in the Group’s smart manufacturing system in the future.”
“The Swarm Autonomy solution enables flexible interoperability across limitless robotic fleets running on a universal platform (Swarm Core) with a universal robotic communication technology (Swarm Protocol), enhancing production efficiency and equipment utilization.” said Ryan Chen, General Manager of FARobot.
Swarm Core Software Platform
The Swarm Core software platform features agile integration, enabling easy deployment and scalability of cross-brand robots and equipment into the existing system and network infrastructures. Also, it offers agile operation, which delivers dynamic configuration, intelligent management, real-time monitoring, and control of robotic fleets and field equipment thanks to robotic knowledge sharing technology. Finally, it features agile optimization, which dynamically schedules operation tasks to ensure an uninterrupted process flow even in case of unexpected situations.
During the exhibition, FARobot also launched its highly reliable Swarm Mobile Robot (SMR) series designed in compliance with the EN ISO 3691-4 standard. The SMR250 and SMR1000 of 250kg and 1000kg payload, respectively, support seamless integration with Swarm Core, enabling agile collaboration with factory equipment. It is widely compatible with various sensors and top-modules and ideal for diverse environments and OEM sectors.
FARobot demonstrates the Swarm Autonomy solution live during Automation Taipei 2022 being held Aug 24-27 at the TaiNEX2, 1F, P832.