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RobotSmith Uses Laser Scanning and AI to Digitize Traditional Metalworking Tasks

Showcased at the 2023 CES exhibition in Las Vegas, RobotSmith is an AI based robotic system for metal workpiece grinding and polishing,  The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) developed RobotSmith to address manufacturing industry’s challenges and trends of digital transformation, supply chain restructuring and labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. RobotSmith’s quality grinding and polishing technology has been applied to manufacturing plumbing fixtures, high-end knives, and medical devices such as artificial joints.

RobotSmith digitalizes the grinding and polishing techniques of experienced workers and removes the limitations of human labor and manual precision. It can be easily deployed in traditional industries to implement digital transformation while preserving craftsmanship skills required for production lines. RobotSmith employs AI software to mimic human skills and overcome process bottlenecks.

ITRI’s AI software EzSim offers a total solution for surface finishing. The EzSim software performs simulation, trajectory planning and optimizes path parameters to achieve high precision and efficiency to perform surface treatment as delicately as a human expert. Sensors and trained AI models provide real-time defect detection and ensure process quality.

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. To address market needs and global trends, it has launched its 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap and focuses on innovation development.

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