Russian Robotics week 2019

Russian Robotics Week 2019 was held in Saint Petersburg for the first time in Russia!

On November 18-23, the Russian Robotics Week 2019 was held in Saint Petersburg for the first time in Russia. Russian Robotics Week was held within the framework of the European Robotics Week, which has been held in European countries since 2011 and today its events cover more than 40 countries.

The Russian Robotics Week was co-organized by the high-tech technologies and engineering Cluster “Creonomyca”, the administration of Saint Petersburg, the European Non-profit Association of robotics EU Robotics, SUAI University, and the Water Academy. KUKA and R-Pro Concern were the General partners of the Russian Robotics Week. Official partners: Rethink Robotics, Juran Global, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Center of the National technological initiative in the direction of “New production technologies”, R-Pro Consulting, Institute of innovative technologies in business, HR-Prof, Water health.

All week at State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) there were competitions in robotics for students. On November 19, the official opening ceremony of the competition was held at the SUAI Engineering school.

The rector of SUAI University Yulia Antokhina noted: «For the city, the Robotics Week is a very significant event, because it is attended by both Russian and foreign companies that actively participate in all discussions. At our University, robotics is one of the most developing and leading areas, because today automation concerns almost all spheres of life».

On November 20-21, the Forum of Industrial Robotics was held and brought together representatives of various domestic and foreign companies, ranging from robot manufacturers of the world’s leading companies, including system integrators and developers of software for controlling robots, and ending with domestic companies of various industries and scales that use or only plan to implement robots. The Forum was also attended by representatives of state authorities, who express their hope for the intensive development of robotics, primarily as an effective tool for increasing the productivity and efficiency of our economy. Representatives of universities, institutes and colleges expressed their vision of problems in training staff for new automated and robotic industries and shared their successes in the educational sphere.

The opening ceremony was attended by Alexey Korablev, Chairman of the Board of the Creonomyca cluster, Anatoly Kotov, special representative of the Governor of Saint Petersburg for economic affairs, and Olga Koroteeva, rector of the Water Academy, as well as Jonas Glimden, Vice President of KUKA, CEO of KUKA Nordic, Dmitry Kapishnikov, CEO of KUKA RUSSIA, and Heiki Aalto, founder of Delfoi Robotics.

Jonas Glidden, Vice President of KUKA in his address to the participants of the forum noted: «It is very important for KUKA as a global manufacturer of robotics to be present at the Russian Robotics Week. Today, Russia is a market with great prospects and we hope that this forum will discuss and find answers to the challenges for the Russian economy in order to realize these promising opportunities».

The forum was held in the format of breakout discussions that covered various aspects of the robotics market, and speakers raised pressing topics and issues relevant to the development of industrial robotics in our country, such as the prospects for the development of industrial robotics, the development of science and education in the field of robotics and problems of training, digital twins and offline programming of robots, etc. The second day of the Forum was held in the same format, but the sections were divided by industries: robotics in mechanical engineering, in the production of food products and consumer goods, in the energy and oil and gas sector, in the public sector. services, logistics and service robotics. In each of the sections, speakers were specialists and professionals in their field, who shared their experience in digitalization, automation and robotics, or demonstrated solutions of their companies that can be useful for final customers to modernize their production facilities.

The Forum announced the opening of the research Institute of innovative knowledge-based economy “Creonomyca”, co-organized by the “Creonomyca” Cluster, the Institute of innovative technologies in business of the R-Pro Concern and the Water Academy. The key tasks of the Institute will be research in the field of implementation of innovative solutions, industrial automation, robotics and digitalization, including the use of artificial intelligence. KUKA Russia company was a partner of this project. The solemn signing of the agreement on cooperation between the parties was signed at the Forum.

Agreements were also signed to join the Creonomyca Cluster of Visual Components and Delfoi companies. Together with the Cluster, these companies will create a cluster training center for enterprises and educational institutions in St. Petersburg to train staff in the field of creating digital twins of production and offline robot programming.

Speaking about the results of the Russian Robotics Week, Alexey Korablev, Chairman of the Board of the Creonomyca Cluster, said: “We held a Robotics Week in Russia for the first time. Its events were attended by more than 300 people interested in the development of robotics. The forum of industrial robotics has shown the extreme importance of high-tech development of our economy in order to increase its efficiency and ensure competitiveness. We are grateful to all the co-organizers, partners and participants of the event, we wish them success and say goodbye to new meetings!

Most of the forum participants highly appreciated the level of its holding and expressed hope for its regular holding in the future.

Russian Robotics Week is a set of events held in Saint Petersburg within the framework of the European Robotics Week and aimed at the development of Industry 4.0. in particular, robotics, automation and digitalization of domestic production. The key event of the week is the Forum of industrial robotics, where professionals from companies and organizations, various industries and services, representatives of the state authorities, science and higher education discussed the problems and prospects for the development of robotics in Russia, Europe and whole world, emphasizing the growing importance of this area and the significance of its development in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and IT. The Week also includes competitions for schoolchildren and students, aimed at popularizing the professions necessary for the development of robotics.

Cluster of high-tech technologies and engineering of North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation «Creonomyca» enterprises and organizations working in the field of Hi- Tech and engineering in the North-West Federal District of the Russian Federation and interested in integrating efforts aimed at innovative business development. Among the Cluster’s enterprises there are leading international high-tech companies represented in the region, domestic industry leaders, as well as leading scientific and educational institutions.

KUKA is a global manufacturer of industrial robots and automation systems with a turnover of more than 3.5 billion euros and a staff of more than 14,200 employees. The company’s customers are companies from the automotive, electronic and metalworking industries; consumer goods, logistics and e-Commerce industries; healthcare and service robotics. As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation systems and a pioneer in the development of Industry 4 technologies, KUKA provides solutions that can cover any customer’s tasks: from robots and robotic cells to fully automated turnkey solutions. KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany.

Concern R-Pro is a group of companies working in the field of supply of high-tech products and services, engineering, research, implementation of information technologies and innovations, providing a range of services for management and it consulting, as well as system integration and robotics.

Water Academy was established by the leading Russian enterprise in the field of water supply and sanitation – “Vodokanal of Saint Petersburg” with the support of the government of Saint Petersburg. Specialists of water utilities and industrial enterprises from all over Russia come to the Academy to improve their skills in unique specialized branch programs of additional professional education.

SUAI University — the University is developing as a modern engineering school for training specialists and managers with systems thinking. The training is based on a flexible combination of research aimed at generating new knowledge, and a project approach in which real project solutions are implemented. The mission of SUAI is to train professional personnel for the high-tech industry, who are able to develop and implement advanced technologies, create and develop modern industrial production.