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SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology has announced its cooperation with AnotherBrain, the world’s leading expert for artificial intelligence at Hannover Messe.

Until the beginning of 2020, the first autonomously acting gripping system will be developed. It will allow independent handling without manual programming. “This promising cooperation will help us to push the use of artificial intelligence in the field of handling and assembly forward, and to create new handling scenarios in the smart factory – and also in the field of service robotics," underlined Chief Executive Officer, Henrik A. Schunk when signing the contract.

SCHUNK and AnotherBrain cooperate in the development of autonomous gripping system solutions. The contract was signed at the Hannover Messe by CEO Henrik A. Schunk and Bruno Maisonnier.

Where formerly every step had to be programmed in a laborious way, the aim of SCHUNK is for tomorrow’s handling solutions to be able to act more autonomously. A first study on the technology was presented by SCHUNK at Hannover Messe, and this is how it could work. Instead of defining positions, speeds, and gripping forces step by step, autonomous gripping systems detect their target objects via cameras, and independently take over the planning of the gripping process and continuously improve it.

The quality of the grip can be detected, evaluated and if required readjusted, owing to the following features: gripper fingers with integrated sensor systems, the motor current, and the gripping hand with integrated intelligence.

Henrik A. Schunk is convinced that “the cooperation of SCHUNK and AnotherBrain will significantly and smartly accelerate the progress in autonomous handling.” The AI think tank AnotherBrain is located in Paris and disposes of excellent know how for implementing autonomous gripping scenarios. AnotherBrain’s Founder and CEO, Bruno Maisonnier is a pioneer in robotics: In 2005, he founded Aldebaran Robotics, and in 2008 the humanoid robot NAO - an important milestone in service robotics was launched on the market. In contrast to the established deep learning, where a great variety of data is generated and evaluated with high effort, AnotherBrain applies a bio-inspired concept of Organic AI, a new approach in machine learning. The aim of SCHUNK is that the applied technology of the SCHUNK gripping systems will be inspired by the human brain and should be able to act autonomously; independently from clouds and networks and with a minimum need of energy and memory requirements.

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