DFactory starts robotics laboratory activity with the incorporation of OnRobot into its ecosystem

02 Dec 2021


DFactory starts robotics laboratory activity with the incorporation of OnRobot into its ecosystem

  • OnRobot, a leader in collaborative robotics, is one of the first confirmed companies of the DFactory Barcelona ecosystem, which will occupy a private space of 58 square meters, along with other leading companies in technology 4.0.
  • The company, which develops grippers (colloquially, robot hands) for robotic arms, will loan automation equipment to the labs for use in ecosystem projects.

Barcelona, 18th of October, 2021. DFactory Barcelona, the Industry 4.0 node promoted by the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona and that counts with Leitat as Technological Partner, is fully immersed in the countdown for its inauguration scheduled for next November. This morning DFactory Barcelona has welcomed the arrival of the first industrial robotics equipment to its laboratories. OnRobot, a new member of the DFactory Barcelona ecosystem, will offer the companies of the ecosystem exclusive access to the ABB equipment, IRB1100, through the laboratories of shared access.

OnRobot is one of the first companies to confirm its participation in the DFactory Barcelona ecosystem, not only through the transfer of this equipment, but also by occupying its own private space in the building of 58m2. OnRobot joins the list of 4.0 technology providers of the ecosystem, and the company will also have access to the resources of the initiative for the development of its innovation projects in the field of industrial and collaborative robotics.

The laboratories of DFactory Barcelona will be operated by Leitat’s expert technical staff, whose knowledge will be available to the business ecosystem for advice and development of different innovation projects along the value chain. The management model will consist of the coordination and collaboration of projects between multinationals, local companies and start-ups to generate joint technology and new business models, which will allow having updated technological mappings, matchings of the different scientific-technological capabilities of the different actors involved and identify potential joint lines of research.

Enrique Palomeque, Area Sales Manager Spain, Portugal, Greece & MEA of OnRobot, values the interaction with the DFactory Barcelona ecosystem, “as an innovation-intensive company, it is strategic for us to have laboratories in a highly competitive environment with research resources and capabilities.”.

Thus, the objective is to contribute to the improvement of the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and economic transformation, through the incorporation of research and innovation and cross-cutting enabling technologies.

In words of Pere Navarro, special delegate of the State in the Consortium of the Free Zone of Barcelona, values very positively the incorporation of OnRobot. “DFactory Barcelona will not only stand out for its continent, but also for its content. If we want to attract talent and investment, we need to offer all the companies in the ecosystem access to the latest technology, which will allow us to promote collaborative R&D&I projects”.

About OnRobot

OnRobot has a wide range of tools for collaborative applications, including electric, vacuum and magnetic grippers, award-winning Gecko gripper technology, force/torque sensors, a 2.5D vision system, screwdrivers, sanding kits and tool changers. This combination of OnRobot products streamlines and simplifies the automation of tasks such as packaging, quality control, material handling, machine maintenance, assembly and surface finishing. Headquartered in Odense, Denmark, OnRobot also has offices in Los Angeles, Dallas, Soest (Germany), Barcelona, Warsaw, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Budapest.

About DFactory Barcelona

DFactory Barcelona is born to be a node oriented to the creation of an ecosystem that promotes the promotion and development of Industry 4.0. The center will be a tool to transform the Spanish productive fabric and accompany companies in their digitization process.

It is a private non-profit association, driven by the CZFB in alliance with Leitat, which seeks to position Barcelona as the center of innovation 4.0 in southern Europe and promote the creation of an ecosystem of attraction of talent, technology and investment in a unique space that brings together the most innovative companies with the most cutting-edge technological projects.

About the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona

The Consorci is a public company that is financed entirely by its own funds, such as the industrial leases of the Barcelona Free Trade Zone Industrial Park and its asset management. Although its main field of activity is the industrial estate and its customs free zone, it also promotes buildings, urban and industrial land, acts as a driving force for business transformation towards the 4.0 economy and organizes events of economic interest for Barcelona such as the SIL logistics show or the BMP real estate show, as well as major events of reference with an innovative format such as the Barcelona New Economy Week (BNEW) or the Barcelona Woman Acceleration Week (BWAW).

Its plenary has representatives of the Spanish government, the Barcelona City Council and the main economic entities of the city.

About Leitat

Leitat, founded in 1906, has the mission of Managing Technologies to create and transfer Social, Environmental, Economic and Industrial sustainable value to companies and entities, through research and technological processes. From our state-of-the-art facilities we are collaborating with more than 45 countries and developing more than 215 projects in the fields of: Biotechnology, Health, Advanced Materials, Industrial Chemistry, Renewable Energies and New Production Processes. We focus our energy on promoting specialized teams in Technology Transfer, which allow us to generate collaborative and reliable business environments to achieve a knowledge-based economy and talent development.

It is accredited by ACCIÓ and recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, promotes collaboration and cooperation, providing knowledge and experience in a global environment.

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