Individual Automation

The Challenge

High productivity for small quantities or many product variants is difficult to achieve economically using classical automation technology. In particular, there is a lack of flexible technical aids contributing to the efficiency of process steps, which are performed manually nowadays. At the same time, it is essential to keep the workers involved and to continue to employ their existing skills and their experience in the value creation process.

Our Solution

Rigid industrial plants that perform a fixed sequence of operations are substituted by a system of interconnected modules, which are adapted to the worker’s activities. In contrast to specialized machinery, our intelligent modular system can be quickly adapted, configured and put into operation in-house for each product. Thus, retooling is transformed from being a disturbance of normal operation to being a part of it.

The robodev Concept

Ausgehend von unserem technologischen Know-How im Bereich Modular- und Servicerobotik, haben wir es uns zum Ziel gesetzt innovative Lösungen für die wirtschaftliche Produktion und Montage kleiner Stückzahlen auf den Markt zu bringen.

Unsere auf etablierten Standards aufbauende Plattform kombiniert Hard- und Software von robodev sowie Drittanbietern zu einem einheitlichen, einfach nutzbaren System. Abhängig von den jeweiligen Anforderungen reicht das Spektrum nutzbarer Komponenten von einfachen Sensoren und Aktoren bishin zu anspruchsvoller Bilddatenauswertung und Leichtbaurobotern. So ermöglicht robodev seinen Kunden eine auf den individuellen Prozess zugeschnittene Arbeitsteilung zwischen Mitarbeiter undintelligentem, wiederverwendbaren mechatronischen Hilfssystem.

  • Effizienzsteigerung

    in der Produktion durch eine flexible (Teil-)Automatisierung.

  • Faster response

    to market changes through an agile adaptation of production.

  • Reduced investment risk

    due to the product-independent use of components.

  • No expert knowledge

    für Aufbau und Inbetriebnahme des Systems erforderlich.

The overall robodev system consists of intelligent mechatronics modules that can be arbitrarily assembled (robodev modules) together with an innovative software control (robodev control). This combination enables highly customizable automation solutions.
The hardware modules comprise various drives and sensors which incorporate both simple light barriers and complex 3D cameras.
The software performs all main functions, ranging from image processing to motor control. Plugins provide advanced functionality.
The modules are connected by a single-cable solution. Plug & Play provides direct access to all connected modules.
An intuitive, web-based interface is provided for the configuration of the customer-specific process. It can be used with any end user device.



robodev GmbH is a technology startup, which emerged from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2016. We have PhDs in modular and service robotics and possess a comprehensive know-how in the fields of integrated mechatronics, software engineering and distributed real-time systems.
Dr. Andreas Bihlmaier
Dr. Andreas Bihlmaier
CEO, Head of Software
Dr. Julien Mintenbeck
Dr. Julien Mintenbeck
Head of Electronics
Dr. Jens Liedke
Dr. Jens Liedke
Head of Mechanics



The project robodev is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy and the European Social Fund under the EXIST program.