Japanese Fuji Machine is testing another new technology in Odense

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The ’transfer robot’ will be tested in Odense during this week. The test run is tailored to the company’s needs.

In 2014 Fuji Machine signed a 3 year long collaboration agreement with Odense Welfare Consortium, concerning a program where Odense University Hospital (OUH) and the municipality of Odense, will provide the frame for user testing of Fuji’s welfare technologies in relation to the European market. This is the second time the Japanese high-tech-company is in Odense for a technology test. The first time was in August of last year, where they brought their ’support robot’ for testing.

The ’Transfer robot’, which is being tested this time around, is a robot prototype that can transfer a person from one place to another, for example from the bed and onto a chair. Patients and staff from OUH, and citizens and health professionals from the department for elderly and disabled in the municipality of Odense, will be testing the robot.

Tailor-made test-setup
The test program that OUH and the municipality have planned in collaboration with Fuji Machine has been organised in accordance with the exact specifications that Fuji Machine requires to test this technology, at this exact stage in the development.

When asked to explain why Odense was chosen as a test centre, Joji Isozumi (Manager of Fuji Machines Robot Technology R&D Center) answered:
“We choose Odense not only because of the development evaluation, but we are also hoping to be able to collaborate as far as commercialization, sales and service support is concerned.”

Fuji Machine’s tailor-made test program looks like this:
5th of May 2015 – Pre-test
The ‘Transfer robot’ arrived in Odense and was tested by three transfer experts from the municipality of Odense and OUH, with the purpose of; approving the robot for further testing with test subjects, to familiarise with the robot, and provide initial feedback for Fuji Machine.
8th – 12th of June 2015 – Test week
Monday: Usability test at OUH with patients and staff.
Tuesday: Usability test in Odense municipality, with citizens and health professionals from the department for elderly and disabled (the test takes place in the municipality’s transfering room at på Ørbækvej 100)
Wednesday: Comparison test, ’transfer robot’ is compared to four other transfer-technologies with the purpose of mapping strengths and weaknesses of the ’transfer robot’.
Thursday: Co-creation workshop, where Fuji Machine is presented with the test scores, followed by a collaboration session where it is investigated how to further develop and or how to improve the robot.

Odense welfare Consortium is a collaboration between the municipality of Odense, Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark, Developing Funen, Accelerace Management and Illuminaut. As part of the collaboration agreement between Fuji Machine and Odense Welfare Consortium, Fuji Machine agrees to contemplate establishing a local department in the municipality of Odense within the next two years. This could be a European research and development unit or a Nordic sales and service office.

From the last time Fuji visited Odense where they were testing the support robot (Archive photo).

From the last time Fuji visited Odense where they were testing the support robot (Archive photo).

CoLab Odense, which is a collaboration between, among others, OUH and the municipality of Odense will handle the test of Fuji Machine’s technology. CoLab Odense has a focus on solutions which makes it possible to treat people in their own homes. The Fuji Machine ‘transfer robot’ is an example of such a technology.

Fuji Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was established in April 1959. The company has an annual sale of DKK 3 billion and more than 1.600 employees and are among the leading companies within SMT (Surface Mount Technology) for among other smartphones and tablets.

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