24 Jul 2024

Confirming a commitment to robotics

Comau and ADRA: Innovation and Democratization of Robotics

Comau says strengthening its commitment to advanced robotics and enabling technologies applied to industrial automation, it has joined the ADRA – AI, Data and Robotics Association, which represents the private sector in the European Partnership (PPP) for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics, within Horizon Europe.

The company says with a long and well-established global experience as a manufacturer and supplier of advanced robotic solutions, it brings core expertise and innovation capabilities to ADRA to guide the European debate on key issues for the digital and technological transformation of the industrial system. In line with ADRA’s objectives and mission – to promote research, development and innovation of European industry through the use of artificial intelligence, data and robotics – Comau says its participation will foster a constant exchange of knowledge within robotic automation and the application of new technologies. Comau will also be able to contribute with innovative ideas and proposals to the projects and initiatives that ADRA will periodically propose to the European Commission.

Comau says the partnership between itself and ADRA has already been materialised in two major international events. Comau, as an ADRA representative and in collaboration with the association, spoke at Research to Reality, a meeting dedicated to the future of digitalisation in Europe, which was held in Brussels on 5 and February 6, 2024. Meanwhile, on 13 and March 15, it attended the 2024 edition of the European Robotics Forum (ERF) in Rimini, where it presented the latest innovations for advanced robotics and digitalisation, joining the work and meetings with the European Commission also as a new ADRA member.

On both occasions, Comau says it shared its innovative vision of industry, explaining how automation, connected to enabling technologies, is a key development lever for businesses and a strategic tool to support and enhance human work. Comau also presented advanced solutions designed within funded activities. These include the European Flexible Battery Dismantling (Flex-BD) project, which has enabled the creation of a robotic system that automates the complete dismantling process for used electric car batteries, and Hyperflex, a mobile factory that facilitates and speeds up the assembly and installation of photovoltaic systems, directly on site.

“Comau shares with ADRA the commitment to create new development and innovation opportunities in the automation and robotics sector at European level, through digitalisation and new technologies: by joining this association, we aim to contribute significantly to achieving these important common goals,” says Ennio Chiatante, Head of Institutional Relations at Comau.

“By collaborating with ADRA, Comau will have an even more active role in the European discussion tables, which we believe are crucial to leading the future of the industrial system and the international market, bringing new ideas, advanced solutions and established expertise, built on more than 50 years of experience in multiple industrial sectors, both traditional and emerging.”

“I am pleased to welcome Comau as a new member of our association. Their global leadership in industrial robotics, combined with our European network of excellence in artificial intelligence, data and robotics, will significantly enhance the ability to define the European strategy for innovation in these crucial areas,” explains Emanuela Girardi, President of ADRA.

“In particular, Comau’s contribution will be key to advancing the capabilities of generative artificial intelligence applied to the industrial robotics industry and to maintaining Europe’s leadership in this strategic field. Together, we will be able to strengthen European international competitiveness and develop cutting-edge technologies that fully reflect European values such as reliability, human focus and environmental and social sustainability.”

Company info: Comau