next generation of development engineers use industrial robots from mitsubishi electric at worldskills 31 compact rv-2sdb industria
Next generation of development engineers use industrial robots from
Mitsubishi Electric at WorldSkills
31 compact RV-2SDB industrial robots from Mitsubishi Electric were put
through their paces at the recent WorldSkills international skills
event held in London. Integrated into modular production systems (MPS)
from Festo Didactic, a global market leader in industry-oriented
training and vocational education and long-standing partner of
Mitsubishi Electric, they were deployed in the ‘Mechatronics’ and
‘Mobile Robotics’ competitions.
WorldSkills is the world’s biggest international skills competition in
which skilled workers, specialists and trainees pit their talents
against one another in over 40 occupational disciplines. Around
200,000 people visited the ExCeL exhibition and conference centre in
London for the show. During the four days of the competition, a total
of 950 participants from 51 countries battled it out in 46 different
Festo Didactic is the exclusive distribution partner of Mitsubishi
Electric for the training sector in the field of compact training
robots. It provided the high profile WorldSkills event with modular
production systems (MPS), the core element of which is a 6-axis
RV-2SDB articulated robot from Mitsubishi Electric. Wolfram Zielke,
Key Account Robot Systems, Industrial Automation, Mitsubishi Electric
Europe B.V., outlines some of the advantages of the RV-2SDB: “The
compact portable robot packs the power of a large system yet weighs
just 19 kilograms. Advanced educational documentation and training
software that’s recognized by the educational market are also
available. Our partner Adiro also supported the WorldSkills project by
adapting e-terminals to the robot training system.”
The WorldSkills event calls not only for technical expertise but also
for the ability to work as a team. In the Mechatronics competition,
the two teams from Brazil and Japan took first place, while Korea and
Sweden shared third place. Gold went to the Korean team in the Mobile
Robotics competition, with Japan taking the silver medal and Indonesia
the bronze. Wolfram Zielke’s enthusiasm is evident: “It was a huge
event that attracted considerable interest globally. More than half of
the systems used at the event were sold directly after the competition
The RV-2SDB industrial robot has an integral real-time interface with
which, for example, dedicated robot controllers can be developed. Its
compact design makes it exceptionally agile, even in confined work
cells. This results in savings in material costs as well as space when
designing new systems. The RV-2SDB can be mounted on the floor, wall
or ceiling. Its gripper and positioning arm has an angle of rotation
of ±240 degrees, with a maximum reach of 504 millimetres. Carrying a
load of two kilograms, or three kilograms in the wrist-down position,
the compact robot attains a maximum speed of 4,400 millimetres per
second. The pick-and-place cycle time is 0.6 seconds and a position
repeatability of ±0.02 millimetres means that the RV-2SDB still boasts
a high level of precision. Integrated interfaces such as Ethernet and
SSCNET III enable the robot to be linked easily to other automation
The close distribution partnership between Mitsubishi Electric and
Festo Didactic has existed since the early 1990s. Dr Dirk Pensky,
product manager at Festo Didactic, explains: “The product quality and
price-performance ratio of Mitsubishi Electric are a convincing
combination not only for us but also for our customers. Continuous
product development is also especially important in the training and
education sector in particular, where suppliers need to be constantly
up to date. With Mitsubishi Electric we can always rely on getting the
The WorldSkills competitions are held every two years. In 2013 they
will return to Germany for the first time in 40 years, taking place
from 2 to 7 July in Leipzig. Products from Mitsubishi Electric were
first used at the WorldSkills in Montreal, Canada, in 1999. The event
was then staged in Seoul, South Korea, in 2001, St. Gallen,
Switzerland, in 2003, Helsinki, Finland, in 2005, Shizuoka, Japan, in
2007, Calgary, Canada, in 2009 and London, UK, in 2011.
First released on 22nd of December 2011
Picture 1: The Japanese team is welcomed by Mitsubishi Electric.
During the four days of the competition, a total of 950 participants
from 51 countries battled it out in 46 different categories.
Picture 2: WorldSkills is the world’s biggest international skills
competition in which skilled workers, specialists and trainees pit
their talents against one another in over 40 occupational disciplines.
Around 200,000 people visited the ExCeL exhibition and conference
centre in London for the show.
Picture 3: Festo Didactic provided the 2011 WorldSkills event with
modular production systems (MPS), the core element of which is a
6-axis RV-2SDB articulated robot from Mitsubishi Electric.
About Festo Didactic
A subsidiary of Festo AG & Co. KG, Festo Didactic is present in over
50 countries and is a market leader in automation technology training
and education. As a supplier of learning systems, seminars and
industrial consulting, the company’s range has always been
characterized by its identification with practical application and its
proximity to industry. Its portfolio covers all control technologies
from the basics to applications in production and process automation
on the one hand, and training manuals and task collection via learning
and simulation software up to complex learning factories on the other.
Festo Didactic is also the main sponsor and organizer of the
Mechatronics and Robotics competitions at the WorldSkills and of the
new Logistics League, which forms part of the RoboCup.
With its first-choice partners including the Mitsubishi Electric
Corporation, Festo Didactic is the leading supplier of learning
factories with integrated robot systems, CNC machining centres,
logistics concepts and virtual learning environments.
About Mitsubishi Electric
With 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality
products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the
world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is a recognized world leader in
the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic
equipment used in information processing and communications, space
development and satellite communications, consumer electronics,
industrial technology, as well as in products for the energy sector,
water and waste water, transportation and building equipment.
With around 114.000 employees the company recorded consolidated group
sales of 32,2 billion Euro in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.
Our sales offices, research & development centres and manufacturing
plants are located in over 30 countries.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Factory Automation European Business Group
(FA-EBG) has its European headquarters in Ratingen near Dusseldorf,
It is a part of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan.
The role of FA-EBG is to manage sales, service and support across its
network of local branches and distributors throughout the European
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