IAR and NexCOBOT announce robot development collaboration

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IAR, a provider of software solutions for embedded development, is collaborating with NexCOBOT in support of its robot development programme.

IAR will be the Functional Safety solutions development partner of NexCOBOT and will support it by leveraging the certified IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm to enable smart manufacturing with collaborative robots.

NexCOBOT is a robot controller solution provider and operates as a subsidiary of the industrial computer manufacturer NEXCOM.

The company is dedicated to constructing open and modular robot control and motion control solutions, ranging from robot motion control systems, robot functional safety control boards, robot motion joint controllers, peripheral IO interfaces, and robot safety certifications to robot design consulting services.

NexCOBOT offers functional safety solutions on Renesas Electronics' RZ/T2M MPU series facilitating the development of embedded robots and automation controllers with functional safety capabilities.

Last year, NexCOBOT integrated smart robot technology with the globally exclusive PC-based SIL2/3 robot functional safety control platform, introducing a robot control solution that complies with the IEC 61508 standard.

In the rapidly expanding robotics sector, NexCOBOT is providing robot safety function kits that integrate with existing robotic equipment.

This is, for many companies, a game-changer eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming redesigns and dramatically accelerating development timelines. The timing is particularly pertinent as a revised and more rigorous edition of the ISO 10218-1 safety standard for industrial robots was introduced in the first quarter of 2024.

Commenting Kiyo Uemura, Area Vice President, APAC of IAR, said, “Human-robot collaboration is a future trend in smart manufacturing. The robot control system developed by NexCOBOT offers the most suitable solution, in response to the increasing demand for safety, flexibility, and customised robotic solutions. IAR will continue collaborating with professional industry partners like NexCOBOT to create customised functional safety solutions for industrial automation.”

By leveraging NexCOBOT’s modular robot functional safety kits in conjunction with IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm, Functional Safety edition, it will be possible to streamline the path to compliance with the impending ISO standards but also offer a cost-effective solution to the traditionally high expenses associated with obtaining safety certifications.