Kitak Ahn

Kaori Kitamura
April 19, 2024

With an impressive career that has lasted over 30 years, Kitak Anh, the visionary Founder and CEO of  CDR system Co.,Ltd. (hereafter referred to as CDR), has gained an exceptional proficiency in propelling innovation and shaping the course of technology.

As the former COO of Neuromeka, Kitak spearheaded the transformation of cobots from mere tools to indispensable assets across global industries. Under his stewardship, Neuromeka emerged as a trailblazer, setting new standards for accessibility, safety, and affordability in robotics.

It went public on the Korean stock market in 2023.

Kitak's background includes experiences in field at KNR Systems Inc. and POSCO, where he demonstrated his passion for cutting-edge technology and strategic acumen in the robotics and steel industries, respectively.

As the driving force behind CDR , Kitak Anh is shaping the future of robotics with unwavering determination and a commitment to customer-centric innovation. His vision of empowering customers to drive the evolution of cobots reflects a profound understanding of market dynamics and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Kitak Anh's journey from steel to robotics epitomizes his transformative impact and unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of possibility. As a visionary leader and industry luminary, he continues to inspire and shape the future of technology, leaving an indelible mark on the world of robotics.

Join Kitak at the upcoming Industrial Roadshow in Cikarang, Indonesia on July 18 and 19 for a 3 and a half hour interactive workshop, where he will provide hands-on training. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to schedule a factory audit consultation with him. Click here to secure your spot!

1. Can you talk about any recent advancements or innovations at CDR System Co., Ltd. that you are particularly proud of?

CDR has developed RwRP (Robot with Real Programming), a technology that uses a physical simulator but achieves 100% of the same results as the real world, by combining Digital Twin to train robot operators.  RwRP has evolved into a technology that operates multiple heterogeneous robots, and CDR is executing its goal of entering the global market out of Korea as planned. We are proud to have passed 41 months since our founding, proud of our growing team of colleagues, and proud of our supportive partners

2. What are your long-term goals for CDR System Co., Ltd. and the future of robotics as a whole?

Technology creates products, but it's the customer who chooses them. Robots are still a complex product that is difficult for most customers and requires them to ask experts.  Our goal is to create a robotics education platform for the Robot Everywhere era and show that robots are easy to use.

3. Could you elaborate on the strategies employed to ensure collaborative robots are safe for work alongside humans?

Once a robot is set up, it doesn't have accidents when it's in operation. Many accidents happen when you intervene, like when it breaks down and you need to fix something, change something. We're creating a platform to provide solutions for automated processes with robots. The technology is based on collaborative robots, but we expect it to eventually be extended to the entire robot, so that you can experience robot modifications beforehand in a realistic environment using digital twins.All situations where changes will be made are checked beforehand, and in the real world, everyone's only concern is safety.Safety is paramount, but I don't think adding safeguards around the robot is the answer. I would like to collect and share various empirical cases.

4. What are your thoughts on the integration of AI and machine learning into robotics technology?

The power of AI is incredible. Experts are starting to apply algorithms to robots that find the optimal solution without human intervention, and I think it's an unstoppable trend. However, when I am teaching with RwRP, I give students homework assignments that required them to compete with each other, and I found that the results were consistent to that of AI.It's mainly about teaching the robot to take less time to accomplish the same process. I'm very interested and following the application of AI to robots.

5. Could you share your long-term goals and vision for CDR System Co., Ltd. and its role in the future of robotics?

At CDR, we have a mission to make collaborative robots easy and accessible to everyone, everywhere, based on the vision that "customers can get the collaborative robots they want through us".We want to create a space where you can experience various programs. I want to brand CoboticsLAB as a drive through in robotics for people who want to use robots online and offline.

6. How do you ensure that your robotic systems remain user-friendly and adaptable to a wide range of industries?

More than a good robot manufacturer and SI partner, it's important that the users on the factory floor with the robot are familiar with it and not afraid to use it. The most effective solution is for the user to become the robot operator.

7. What sort of technology and training are you working on for the training sectors with SG Expert, considering the need for current upskilling at the shop floor in this region?

The goal is to make it easy for anyone to learn and use robots. Korea is well known for its rapid adoption of robotics, so we were able to acquire a lot of content. By combining SG Expert's vocational training platform with CDR's robotics content, we can deliver it here. The content will start with collaborative robots and then expand to all automation technologies using robots.

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