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Fresh IIoT Opportunities: Arrow Technologies Spearheads Robotics COE

By Alex Passett
June 28, 2023

Arrow Electronics is where “technological innovators meet opportunity,” per the Arrow team. It’s a great mission statement, given how many Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects get held up in proof-of-concept (or proof-of-value) phases, slowing down the making-the-idea-real process in a space that already daunts many innovators.

Arrow and elnfochips, an Arrow Electronics company, have officially established a new Robotics Center of Excellence (COE) to help their customers accelerate time-to-market efforts in terms of cutting-edge automation solution developments, particularly for use on physical manufacturing sites, in digital manufacturing, and in other IIoT spaces.

To make this happen, Arrow and elnfochips also teamed up Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and NVIDIA to develop reference designs and accelerated proofs-of-concept that IIoT and robotics customers can leverage to expedite product design improvements and deployments.

The official opening of this Robotics COE comes at a time when AI and robotics-centric technologies are may soon become ubiquitous; per a recent International Federation of Robotics report, robot and cobot (a.k.a. “collaborative robots”) density is more than 126 per 10,000 human employees in manufacturing, which is nearly double what it was less than between 2015 and 2021. Given this doubling, the need for safely operated robotics has obviously increased, and a variety of environment depend on them to precisely and safely interact with their surroundings and bring solutions to life.

“The rapid adoption of AI at the edge plus applications such as autonomous machines are revolutionizing the digital factory to enable the deployment and growth of Industry 4.0,” said Aiden Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Engineering at Arrow Electronics. “At Arrow Electronics, we are proud to be working together with ADI and NVIDIA to create a COE that empowers the Intelligent Edge through new design services capabilities, reduces technology complexities, and accelerates innovation.”

Arrow and elnfochips customers can expect the Robotics COE to help accelerate and de-risk robotics design cycles, leverage ADI sensors (as well as onsemi’s image sensors) in conjunction with computing platform products and development kits, and provide wider access to what Arrow describes as its “world-class support team that enables IIoT teams to better plan, manage and execute product roadmaps and lifecycles.”

“ADI and Arrow are proud to be working together to develop advanced automation solutions for the broad industrial market customer base,” said Leo McHugh, Vice President of Industrial Automation at ADI. “Integrating the latest modular solutions from ADI with state-of-the-art AI modules, complex algorithms, and simulation tools from NVIDIA will allow our customers to focus on their specific applications and bring solutions to market faster.”

Learn more from Arrow Electronics’ robotics solutions here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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