Launch of the VR and Robotics

Launch of xArm 7 DoF Robotic Arm and Virtual Mechatronics Services Lab by the DeKUT Chancellor, General (Rtd) Dr. Julius Waweru Karangi EGH, CBS, DCO, LOM

xArm 7 DoF Robotic Arm

  1. Robotics are a key part of current and future manufacturing sector, locally and globally as they enable increased efficiency and improved productivity. This means you produce more units per hour making more revenue.
  2. To manufacture quality products you need enhanced accuracy and precision which robots provide. Robotic arms can be programmed to be precise with minimal error. This leads to higher value goods and requires skilled labour to program such systems.
  3. Robots generally work where humans find it dangerous or in repetitive task. This reduces the risk of injuries for human workers and allows humans to focus on higher-level tasks like programming, supervision, quality control, and maintenance.
  4. Due to the ability to be reprogrammed, robots are very flexible and adaptable. Robots can adapt to production changes, handle different materials, and integrate seamlessly with other automated systems. This allows for more agile manufacturing processes and quicker product customization.

Virtual Mechatronics Services

  1. The immersive nature of Virtual Reality (VR) makes training and skill development more engaging. It creates a safe and realistic simulations of complex tasks and procedures which give trainees better insights and makes learning and practise more accessible and less expensive.
  2. With VR engineers and designers can model and design prototypes faster. This facilitates early-stage design reviews, identification of potential issues, and faster design iterations without the need for physical prototypes. Additionally, funders and other stakeholders have a better understanding of proposed projects.
  3. VR allows collaboration between teams that are in different locations without the need for travel. Engineers can teleoperate, troubleshoot and provide system maintenance remotely. Technicians and management can also see exactly what is happening on-site through a VR headset, facilitating accountability and problem-solving.
  4. With VR planning and optimization can be done through the use of system digital twins. This allows the simulating of production lines, testing equipment placement, and optimizing factory layouts before any physical changes are made. This reduces costs associated with physical reconfiguration and ensures efficient use of manufacturing space.