According to TAL Manufacturing Solutions, the robot is the first Indian “conceptualized, designed and manufactured articulated industrial robot”.
The idea of incorporating an industrial robot for dangerous activities like welding came to R.S. Thakur six years back, when he was the managing director and chief executive of Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd. After retirement, Thakur became non-executive director and chairman of TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd.
After having repeatedly rebuffed at various board meetings, Thakur’s idea finally took flight in 2014, when Amit Bhingurde, an industrial engineer, joined TAL as its chief operations officer (COO). Amit, who had also served as president and CEO of Kuka Robotics India before joining TAL, finally gave wings to Thakur’s dream of manufacturing ‘BRABO’—the first “Made in India” industrial robot.
Manufactured at the TAL’s Pune factory, the design of Brabo has been conceived in house at TAL, styling at Tata Elxsi, and manufacturing of some parts at Tata AutoComp, while Tata Capital provides the finance.
Other than the motors and drives for the robo arm, which are sourced from Italy, all the other parts of BRABO are manufactured in India. “This is a challenge we face right now because we don’t have enough good motor and drive manufacturers in India currently”, Thakur told Livemint.
BRABO, isn’t just an industrial robot, says Thakur who claims it is the first Indian articulated industrial robot and is a “unique product exclusively manufactured to suit Indian conditions.”
For those uninitiated, articulated robots are those that are fitted with rotary joints, which allow a full range of precise movements and, thus, increase the capabilities of the robot.
The company has set up a live demonstration centre for its customers at its Pune facility, where the robots perform multiple applications such as sorting with a vision system, press tending, gluing, sealing, machine tending and pick and place. BRABO’s primary focus for now is on sectors such as automotive, electronics, logistics, food, packaging and pharma.
BRABO has been priced between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and can even be bought on equated monthly installments, or EMIs. The brave robot comes in two variants that can handle payloads of 2kg and 10kg, respectively.