Advanced Cognitive Robot Debuts at Automate 2024

The new design from Omron Automation and Neura Robotics will use 3D vision tech and AI for improved performance

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

May 6, 2024

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Neura Robotics' MAiRA robotic arm demonstrated at a tech event
Neura Robotics' MAiRA robotic arm will be used as the design baseNeura Robotics

Industrial automation company Omron Automation is partnering with Neura Robotics to develop a new, intelligent robot series that the partners said will “revolutionize” manufacturing efficiency. 

The new Omron intelligent Cognitive Robot (iCR) series will combine the companies’ technologies, using Neura Robotics’ MAiRA robotic arm series and Omron’s machine automation platform, Sysmac, to offer a holistic platform to monitor and control industrial machines.

Neura Robotics' MAiRA series is designed to automate “laborious and demanding tasks such as palletizing, picking and other intralogistics applications.


The iCR series will be unveiled at the upcoming Automate trade show in Chicago, May 6-9, where it will showcase its vision and dexterity through a 3D bin-picking demonstration.

“This demo will provide an insight into how AI-enabled, cognitive automation can enhance and redefine the efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing processes,” the companies said. “It will also showcase the impressive integration of Omron's all-in-one Sysmac control platform, highlighting its ability to streamline complex operations.”

The Omron iCR will feature integrated 3D vision sensors and AI technologies for improved flexibility, productivity and efficiency.

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Cognitive robots differ from traditional industrial robots in that they learn adaptively from their environments, making autonomous decisions in response to changing scenarios and surroundings. 

"Our strategic alliance with Omron signifies a new era in industrial automation, revolutionizing the global robotics market,” said David Reger, Neura Robotics’ CEO. “With the intelligent Cognitive Robot iCR, we are removing usage barriers, expanding applications, and setting new industry benchmarks in manufacturing."

"The Omron iCR represents our commitment to pushing the boundaries of industrial automation and driving innovation in the manufacturing sector,” said Olivier Welker, Omron Robotics’ CEO. 

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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