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Analysis Oct 15, 2018 12:00 am EqualOcean

QKM Technology obtained nearly 100 million yuan C round of financing, former Kuka China general manager Kong bing joined as CEO

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QKM Technology's first inversion SCARA robot launched

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Jan 3, 2019 04:36 pm ·

QKM Technology Deepen Cooperation with Scientific Institutions and Universities

On Dec 12, the 2018 China Robotics Industry Development Conference was held in Weifang, Shandong Province, focusing on deepening application of industrial robots in smart manufacturing. QKM Technology (李群自动化) was invited as the board of directors for CRIA China Robot Industry Alliance to participate in the conference. The general manager of QKM Technology Kong Bing (孔兵) was invited to attend the conference and the summit for experts in industrial robots; While Wang Hong (王红), technical support director of QKM Technology, also attended the China Robot Education Development Forum.                      The 2018 China Robotics Industry Development Conference invited experts and scholars from governments, enterprises, and education and training institutions to review the status quo of Chinese robot education and training; and how should the robotics education sector react to challenges emerge in the era of globalization. Wang Hong, technical support director, gave a speech entitled "Preliminary Exploration in the Reform of Robotics Education". She illustrated the characteristics of QKM's robot products, presented the advantages and features of some of their robot products designed for specific application scenarios, explained how QKM Technology's modular robot solutions function, analyzed which would the suitable methodology be to introduce the analogous technology and knowledge, observations and intelligence acquired from the industries into robotics education.  Cooperation between QKM Technology and other scientific research institutions and universities have been successfully carried out, this includes reputable and well-acknowledged universities such as HKUST - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, South China University of Technology, and Guangdong University of Technology. QKM Technology has been actively advocating the training of new engineers, aiding to build robotics application engineer programmes jointly with the schools, translates the huge amount of experience accumulated through industrial production into robotics education, to coach robotics application engineers truly demanded by enterprises. QKM expects to further promote the cooperation between enterprises and research institutions to empower the development of robotics education in China. De facto, the cooperation will also greatly assist the robotics industry in the long run, as in the way that ready-to-employ application engineers cultivated now would contribute heavily to the industry in the future. The gesture also signified that the company has embarked on talent cultivation for the entire industry, that most of the industry forerunners would undertake, instead of only locking on their own territory and losing it en route to the chase of profits.    

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Dec 28, 2018 07:34 pm ·

QKM Technology AH3 Series SCARA Robots Awarded

The fifth of the GG-IB(高工产研) sponsored Golden Globe Awards was held in Shenzhen on the evening of December 18th, The theme for this year's Golden Globe Award Ceremony is "To find the perfect seashell on the beach", which means to find the best among all the companies with cutting-edge innovative technology in the robotics industry. QKM Technology(李群自动化) AH3 series SCARA robot won the 2018 Robot Industry Good Product Award for its independent innovation in the core technology of industrial robots. The AH3 series SCARA robot is a compact all-in-one SCARA robot designed by QKM Technology for small load and limited space application scenarios. It is the very first to adopt a new generation integrated distributed controller, both the hardware and software are independently developed; With more diversified solutions, the company enables the optimization in convenience, stability and cost control of the manufacturing process for their customers. Lightweight and easy to use: AH3 series robot adopted QKM Technology's pioneering design of the integrated controller. It is a compact model with no separate control cabinet, weighing only 15kg, and has a small footprint; there is no complicated wiring; it also features movable rails which make it ready to be used anywhere, and anytime, like everyday appliances. Therefore, flexible deployment and installation of the robots can be achieved.  Accurate and stable: The new generation distributed control system independently developed by QKM Technology ensures the smooth and stable operating of the robot. Repeatability reaching ±0.01 mm, it is suitable for high-precision assembly and loading and unloading scenes in industries such as 3C electronics, automotive electronics, renewable energy, and precision instruments. Moreover, the distributed controller features a localized, user-friendly Chinese operation interface, which is very easy to be mastered. Ever since the debut of QKM Technology's first robot in 2013, the upgrade of the existing product and the development of new products had been ever-accelerating. The company has grown into one of the very few Chinese companies in the industry with full-scope industrial robot products, and also formed a "robot + platform for application software +intelligent solution" product system. In the future, the company will continue to provide ingenious robot products and reliable services for manufacturing companies, assist enterprises to build intelligent production systems, and enhance their manufacturing capabilities.

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Dec 27, 2018 11:56 am ·

QKM Technology among China Smart Manufacturing Top 30 Enterprises in 2018

The "BATi Intelligent Manufacturing and Intelligent Product Forum" jointly sponsored by SPEK and iyiou.com was successfully held at Shenzhen Vanke Qianhai (深圳万科前海)international Conference Center on 19th Oct. The forum served as a platform for attendants to let their imagination flow, to discuss freely about smart manufacturing and smart product related issues, and to explore the trend of technological innovation and the opportunities in the new era of artificial intelligence (AI 2.0). As the upgrade of China's manufacturing sector as a whole accelerated, after the release of "Made in China 2025" (Made in China 2025 is a strategic plan of China issued by Chinese Premier LI Keqiang(李克强) and his cabinet in May 2015. The goals of Made in China 2025 include increasing the Chinese-domestic content of core materials to 40% by 2020 and 70% by 2025.), the smart manufacturing industry has been expedited, and there are still legions of opportunities exist in sub-industries. SHI Jinbo(石金博), founder of QKM Technology(李群自动化), was invited as a special guest, together with outstanding colleagues of hers in investment and industrial robot core component manufacturers, to share observations and thoughts around the industry chain of Industrial robot in China, and explore the potential projects in technological innovation and innovative production powered by automation and intelligence in smart manufacturing. The forum also released the list of "2018 China Smart Manufacturing Top 30 Enterprises", QKM Technology, as a leader in lightweight robots in China, entered the list because of its vigorous development and innovative technology in industrial robot industry, and became a representative in China's new smart manufacturing era.

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Dec 26, 2018 07:51 pm ·

QKM Technology is still not smart enough

Received several rounds of the stunning amount of funds, totalled about USD 40 million ; backed by the Chinese government; promoted, every now and then, by the mainstream media like CCTV(China Central Television) and Dragon Media(东方卫视) in China; QKM Technology(李群自动化) seems to enjoy its glorious status as a unicorn among high-tech companies in China. They strategically engineered their product portfolio, carefully chose the appropriate application scenarios for their robots, and acted as a babysitter for their clients, almost covered every need from them. The previous CEO SHI Jinbo(石金博), appeared in almost every photo with her signature smile reflecting her power and confidence. It looks like she is certainly going to seize the success in this battle among Chinese industrial robot manufacturers. It appears to be so smart and so high profile, but if it were really so very smart, why it doesn't challenge the big foreign industrial robot manufacturers instead but only still messing around with the fairly weak Chinese players? The reason behind this is, obviously, QKM's robots are not that 'smart' still. SHI mentioned in previous interviews that she is very optimistic about the future development of Chinese Industrial Robot Industry, stressing on the potential opportunities Chinese manufacturers might find because the huge western players like YASKAWA and ABB, were not focusing on lightweight industrial robots. Therefore, they could lock their eyes on lightweight robots to be able to grasp the market share left out by the giants. However, according to official statistics released by the White Paper on China Industrial Robot Industry, 90% of the Industrial Robots used in China are produced by foreign brands. There is obviously not enough room to play judging from the current status quo. XU Xiaonian(许小年), economist and the Professor of Economics and Finance at China Europe International Business School said a day ago in an interview that China has already entered into the post-industrialization period, stating that most of the industries in China, except the service sector, had already developed to a quite mature stage that return on investment from them is not worthwhile to be expected at all. This comment from a Chinese experienced economist shocked me because almost all high tech machines utilized in Chinese factories and labs are designed and manufactured by companies from the U.S., Japan, UK, and Germany. In other word, companies who can engineer and produce these high tech machines technically almost do not exist in China. There still remains huge empty space for Chinese companies to explore. Where do we need these high tech machines? Pretty much everywhere in today's highly automated manufacturing process. Pharmaceutical, computers, automobiles, food and drinks, clothing, to name but a few. What the Chinese companies had been doing all these time? The smart ones are trying all their efforts to grab the market share left out by western tycoons, hoping that one day, they could develop cutting-edge technology to possibly compete with the early starters. While some others do not even dare to set foot in these industries, but only staying comfortably in the area which China is strong in, such as, clothing, and food and drinks. These scenarios normally do not require high precision machines and facilities. If you take a look at QKM Technology's product portfolio, you could notice they developed all together 5 different types of robots, only one of them is a 6-axis robot, named Helios, while the others are all 4-axis ones. Comparing to 4-axis robots, 6-axis robots are mostly articulated robots, which are robots with rotary joints. Six-axis robots allow for greater flexibility and can perform a wider variety of applications than robots with fewer axis. The major robot products offered by huge western companies in the industrial robot industry like FANUC are robots of more than 4-axis, some of them even reached 13-axis and above. According to the comparison above, the overall picture for the Chinese industrial robot industry is not so pinky after all. SCARA robot is hot in China, it could get hotter Currently, the major products QKM Technology offers are lightweight SCARA industrial robots applied in 3C and other light industries in China. SHI indicated they choose SCARA robot because they recognize the opportunities lie in the market the western companies are not focusing on, but maybe the technology barrier is the true reason behind this. SCARA is an acronym for Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm, meaning it is compliant in the X-Y axis, and rigid in the Z-axis. The SCARA configuration is designed to handle material handling operations. The world's first SCARA was developed by Makino, Though the western giants seem too high to reach for QKM Technology, their SCARA robots could possibly help them to lead the industrial robot industry in China. SCARA robots have, in fact, been widely used in many industries such as 3C, semiconductors, food, and pharmaceuticals, etc. They are believed to be able to get more popular in the near future in China based on the following four factors: a. The acceleration of automation in the manufacturing process in China b. The rising number of aged population in China will result in less working force, factories will be baffled by the difficulties in finding employees. c. Compared to 6-axis industrial robots, though SCARA robots only have four-axis, they can meet the current needs of Chinese manufacturers. They are reliable and safe to be utilized, and the price has a significant advantage. In recent years, along with the development of the 3C industry in China, the market size of SCARA robots has grown rapidly. According to GGII(高工产研) and other resources, in 2017, 70% of the market share of SCARA robots in China is still occupied by foreign brands, the sales volume of SCARA in the Chinese market was 23,000 units, increased 75.57% year-on-year. The market size was USD 156.68 million, increased 61.83% compared with the figure recorded the same time last year. During the period from 2014 to 2017, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of SCARA robots was 47.45%, much higher than the CAGR of all industrial robot, 33.78%. If the market for SCARA robots continues to perform as strong as last year, it seems there will be quite enough room to play for Chinese SCARA robot companies, including QKM Technology. However, many challenges remain on the route of development of Chinese SCARA robots. a. Mediocre technology level due to a later start The emergence of China's first SCARA robot dated back to 1992. This was more than ten years later than foreign countries. Due to the late start of China's development, many core technologies were not fully developed, or to some extent, not as advanced as foreign companies. Chinese SCARA robots still need to "strengthen their muscles" to catch up with their "foreign brothers". b. Foreign companies dominate the market As mentioned above, SCARA robots in China's market mainly come from foreign enterprises. Epson and Yamaha, two companies together, accounted for more than 60% of the world market. In the past two years, the SCARA robot market suddenly became popular. As the companies such as Adtech(众为兴), Delta Electronics(台达), FUJISAN, QKM Technology, Risong Technology(广州瑞松), Shenzhen Inovance Tech(汇川技术), and FACC(珠海智新) entered the market, the number of SCARA industrial robots produced has increased significantly, however, the overall quality is still unable to compete with foreign companies. In the international market, Chinese companies certainly have no place right now. The global market is basically occupied by Japanese and European companies. Among them, Japanese companies occupy more than 70% of the market share, and their technology has always represented the world's most advanced level. Under such circumstances, if Chinese enterprises wish to rise up in the international market, they need to break through the foreign monopolies firstly through core technologies development and regain their local market with local advantages and their technology strength. In the future, the cooperating relationship between human and machine is the new trend. Also, the demand for lighter weight and more flexibility of industrial robots is going to further grow. As the application scenarios for SCARA robots expand beyond 3C to more industrial fields, robots need to face with more complex operating environments with better flexibility and lighter weight, they also need to be smaller to fit for limited spaces in industrial production. Author: LI Jia; Write to at LiJia@EqualOcean.com

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