Automation and robotics

Robotics offers various solutions for making production more efficient and increasing productivity in the manufacturing industry. Being an essential part of digitalisation, robotics is also increasing outside the manufacturing industry. Robotization can be conceived as the limbs of digitalisation: when you can no longer achieve your goals simply by moving bits around, you need a robot.

SMACC provides companies with access to the long-term competence of VTT and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) within the fields of production automation and industrial robotics. In addition to more conventional robotics applications, we can also support your company using the latest developments within the field: VTT and TUT have been studying, for example, collaborative robotics for a full decade.

Collaborative robotics refers to immediate and concurrent productive collaboration between a specifically-designed robot and a human in a separately specified and controlled workspace. The purpose of collaborative robotics is to increase the flexibility of robotics particularly in difficult assembly tasks and rapidly changing short-run production. Robotics is used for reducing the ergonomic strain of work and increasing productivity.

Human-robot interaction enables creation of far more flexible applications than traditional robot cells. Combining human flexibility, problem-solving skills and dexterity with the repeatability, tirelessness and strength provided by robots enables various totally new operating models both within and outside the manufacturing industry. Collaborative robotics applications are always based on the use of collaborative robots that meet the safety requirements, and case-specific risk assessment and identification.


Timo Salmi
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
+358 40 569 1326
Minna Lanz
Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto
+358 40 849 0278
Jyrki Latokartano
Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto
+358 40 706 0122