Robocoast is a center of excellence that is managed by regional development non-profit agency Prizztech Ltd. The form of the organization is a network comprising around 100 SMEs in the Satakunta Region of West Finland in the field of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) and two local universities specialized in robotics and AI.
Robocoast combines the needs of enterprises in order to promote modernization of the industry and services by developing new robotics solutions together with a large network of industrial and research partners. The mission of Robocoast is to increase industrial competitiveness by providing modernization and simulation services, RDI support for SMEs, business development, education and training.
The Robotics Academy is part of Robocoast. The Robotics Academy is an educational platform coordinated by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK). Prizztech Ltd and SAMK jointly form Robocoast DIH, which is a member of the European Digital Innovation Hub Network (robotics) coordinated by the European Commission DG Connect.
On the international level, Robocoast is a partner in several networks and programs related to robotics and artificial intelligence, such as DIH and Robot Union.
Made in China 2025 (MIC2025) is a national development program in China. The goal of MIC2025 is to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry and make it more efficient. The City of Ningbo is selected as the pilot city of MIC2025 and Robocoast is Ningbo’s strategic partner in implementing the program. The role of Robocoast is to identify and convey European robotics experts and knowledge to MIC2025.
Robocoast continually identifying new concrete regional, national or international robotization and modernization challenges e.g. by utilizing The Robocoast Challenge Bank process. The Robocoast Challenge Bank process aims to help as many industry and service companies as possible to quickly and efficiently find the best skills and existing solutions. Thererfore it helps enterprise-specific modernization projects. The most interesting robotization and modernization challenges will be solved in MatchINDUSTRY LAB, Robocoast R&D Demopaja workshops and/or Living Lab environments with the best robotics experts. At its best, the result is the prototype of the new robot or highly improved production line or service.
Robocoast is a unique global gateway combining both Chinese and European excellence, networks and partners in the field of industrial modernization, AI, automation and robotics!
Robocoast R&D Demopaja: The Sign Language Robot
Satakunta hospital district issued Robocoast a new robotization challenge for a robot prototype that can repeat sign language. Robocoast also has to test the prototype functionality of the sign language robot in sign language lessons for children with autism. The hospital assumed that the robot could help children with autism to learn sign language easier using robots, but it should first be tested.
Robocoast first found out which existing robot platforms have two hands and five fingers whose function can be controlled as you want. Next, Robocoast chose the best possible experts to make the sign language robot prototype in the Robocoast R&D Demopaja workshop. Finally, a two-day test period was conducted, where the new robot prototype taught sign language to 12 children with autism. The results of the test were encouraging and development work for the sign language robot (MOMO Robot) will be continued by Futurice Ltd.
MatchINDUSTRY LAB: Case RoboCopper
As a part of the multinational Boliden Group, Boliden Harjavalta Ltd is specialized in smelting and refining copper in Satakunta region. In order to boost the production process of the Harjavalta smelter, Boliden launched the RoboCopper Challenge, with the aim to rethink the safety of the working conditions related to smelting furnaces. The smelting method used all over the world today was developed in the Harjavalta plant in 1949.
Robocoast challenged SMEs and their expert teams from the Robocoast cluster (consisting of round 100 automation, robotics and IoT companies and other actors) to create innovative cutting-edge solutions to improve the metallurgical processes.
In the Challenge, Hefmec Engineering innovated a game-changing solution to improve and simplify the 70-year old practices at Boliden’s smelter. After successful testing of the new solution it is possible for Hefmec Engineering to target international markets.
Robocoast utilized the expertise of the Robocoast cluster by using the Innovation Challenge model developed by Prizztech Ltd.