The robotics sector is booming, creating a wealth of new opportunities in manufacturing, logistics and beyond. Today’s robots are able to identify and navigate their surroundings, work alongside humans and teach themselves the skills required to complete a new task. Though they are capable of doing more and more, robots are becoming easier and easier to operate. Outside the boundaries of their traditional workplace behind a safety fence, these robots are assisting in and enhancing a host of new and conventional applications.
All this wouldn’t be possible without semiconductor solutions. Whether in an industrial robot, a cobot or an automated guided vehicle (AGV), intelligent semiconductors are the key enabler for all major robotic functions, from sensing and motion control to functional safety to security.
Our experience, your benefits
As both a leading supplier of robotic components and an advanced user of robots in our own fabs, we at Infineon have carved out a unique position on the market. Drawing on our insight into all facets of the robotics field, and with a comprehensive portfolio of power products and sensors on offer, we are able to provide reliable system solutions that address the latest trends in robotics, and add value to nearly every robot design.
This translates into direct benefits for our customers. For instance, when you choose Infineon’s high-quality components and solutions, you can be certain they will work together seamlessly and error free. Furthermore, our ready-to-use robotic hardware building blocks let you bring a project to market quickly by reducing the effort required of you and your team. The valuable time you save on hardware can be spent developing algorithms to differentiate from competitors.
Profit from a one-stop robotics shop
Whether you need a power supply, motor drives, sensors or customized safety and security solutions, Infineon is your one-stop shop for all robotic applications. In our comprehensive portfolio of leading semiconductor solutions, we provide everything you need to leverage the full potential of any robotic system. Our well-thought-out products, combined with our deep know-how and proven experience, enable you to take your robotics project to the next level. Depending on an application’s specifications, you can use our offering to easily reduce the control box size and implement reliable safety management measures. Our components and solutions also facilitate the highest degree of integration in your design and help secure a business’ future. In plain terms, we ensure your robotic systems always stay one step ahead.
Ready-to-use solutions for the latest robotics trends
No matter the precise robotics application, at Infineon you’ll find ready-to-use semiconductor solutions that cover all major robotic trends. This includes power management, motor control, security, communication, environmental sensing, and position and condition sensing.
Focus on what really counts
The success of a robotics project often hinges on the availability and scalability of the semiconductor solutions required. At our manufacturing sites, we produce flexibly to your specifications while always upholding the highest quality standards. Collaborate with us to benefit from our unique capabilities, outstanding robotics expertise and dedicated application support.
Robotics – a market with huge potential
Robotics as a field is currently undergoing radical change due to a wide range of technological advances in the era of Industry 4.0. Today, a new generation of lightweight robots fitted with smart sensors enables humans and machines to collaborate closely and safely. Day by day, robots are improving their abilities to teach themselves new skills by using deep learning technologies, without any programming required during operation. A major advantage of self-learning robots is they can be deployed quickly to complete a wide variety of tasks. Smart robots that are connected to a greater network can benefit from big data and collective learning. But to do so, they need advanced sensors to gather relevant data. The robots use this information to stay constantly up to date about their operational state and the working conditions in their environment.
Ready-to-use robot systems are another trend in the robotics market. These systems are attractive because they can be commissioned and deployed quickly and easily without time-consuming programming. In parallel, robots are becoming more and more mobile: AGVs are today a key part of flexible production. What’s more, AGVs have demonstrated enormous potential to bring flexibility and efficiency to sectors outside of conventional fabs, including in e-commerce automation and logistics.
Capable of new skills, robots long ago left the grounds of production sites to serve as farmhands, surgical assistants and domestic everyday helpers. Today, innovative start-ups are working on new service robots for use in professional applications, and in our homes and everyday lives. In the near and distant future, semiconductor solutions will continue to serve as the key enabler for wide range of robotic functions and applications.
In the era of Industry 4.0 and smart factories, the latest generation of industrial robots is revolutionizing traditional manufacturing processes. The plus for manufactures worldwide: increased productivity and enhanced cost optimization. Regardless of the robot’s size, number of axes and payload, Infineon’s wide product portfolio has the right solution for nearly any industrial robot design.
Unlike conventional industrial robots, cobots, or collaborative robots, work outside the limitation of a safety cell, in direct interaction with real people. This setup requires a precise set of design features, especially for the sake of workplace safety. With the right semiconductors for cobots, we at Infineon check all the boxes for all collaborative robot projects. Our radar and sensor solutions, for example, provide the tools to uphold even the highest safety standards and allow the robots to leave their formerly fenced working environment.
Automated guided vehicles
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are a self-driving force behind automated manufacturing processes. However, the wide variety of AGVs is often a barrier to finding the best-fit solution for each design. Because we cover the entire product portfolio of robotics applications – from the power supply to motor drives and sensors for navigation and environment scanning – we are equipped to ensure AGVs can find their way through nearly all production environments.
From performing household chores to helping the sick, elderly or disabled, today’s service robots offer welcomed assistance to millions of people worldwide who need a helping hand. But service robots’ use in homes – where they interact closely with human beings in a domestic environment – introduces unique challenges to overcome from a design perspective. By choosing Infineon, you get a one-stop semiconductor shop for all your service robot design needs.