Before the invention of COVID-19, robots had already been recognized for their potential to replace and assist humans in many different work areas. The idea of a robot that can work in dangerous environments has attracted more attention in light of the current global health crisis. Claus Risager from Blue Ocean Robotics explains more about this fascinating sector.
Good morning, Mr Risager. We appreciate your patience. It was a pleasure to meet you. What is a typical day like for you?
I work out on a crosstrainer in the morning while watching the latest business news. Then, I go through the emails I received over the night. Prior to lunch, I spend most of my time working on strategic projects. I usually have lunch with my managers or have team meetings about our robots. I give interviews to journalists here and participate in networking meetings. The last meeting with US peers usually ends at 6 or 7 p.m. I then spend most of my time checking emails or check my social media to share and like the things I find most fascinating.
Robots are a futuristic area of business that is hard to imagine. Please tell us a little bit about Blue Ocean Robotics and how it came to be.
Since 1988, I've been working with robots. Blue Ocean Robotics was founded by me and two of my colleagues in 2012. We were up and running on the 1st February 2013. Our company's overall goal is to provide robots that improve people's lives and make them more productive at work. This includes enabling them to produce better quality, better health, and so forth. We also wanted to make autonomous mobile robots as well as products for the professional services robot industry. Segments with low productivity, such as construction, healthcare and hospitality, were our focus. These are the areas where robots could really make a difference for those who work there. We included the phrase "for humans" in the logo.
In this business model, each robot brand is set-up as a subsidiary. We would like to know why this model was chosen, and not just the fact that there are a variety of products within the parent company.
We wanted to communicate clearly with our customers so that every brand name and logo was directly associated to a specific robot that provides a unique value. It would have been harder for customers to comprehend if all robots had the Blue Ocean Robotics logo. Blue Ocean Robotics is also a robot venture factory. Once we have proven the business case for a robot, we feel that another company will be more successful at scaling it up to greater heights. We will then search for such an organization and sell our robot business. Each robot has its own brand because we have designed our business so that it is ready for this.
What is the company's approach to R&D? Are you more proactive in finding applications for robotics that have commercial potential, or are you more patient waiting to be approached?
It is a combination. Customers and other market participants often approach us with problems or ideas. We often get an idea from customers or other parties with market problems. This is usually based on our deep understanding of robot technology and the challenges that remain on a global level. These ideas are analyzed and sorted in a structured manner. We also have a process that takes us from the idea to design, development, and eventual exit. This whole framework is internally referred to as "RoBiX".
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