New control architectures in mobile platforms for heavy duty applications will enhance the efficiency of the European construction industry
The automation of heavy-duty tasks greatly increases the efficiency of the construction industry. In recent years Europe has not achieved a very high degree of automation in this area. In order to enable manufacturers of heavy-duty building machines to sell their products on the world market, new control concepts have to be developed. The generic control architecture developed under the RoadRobot project gives IT a major role in enhancing efficiency in construction work, and gives Europe a competitive edge in this domain. The generic control architecture can be applied to all similar construction sites. The final demonstration at a real road building site in Germany with a road paver (manufactured by one of the partners) could be exchanged or expanded by other machines or applications. Based on a modular system, an effectively automated heavy duty machine was developed, and will set an example for the first steps of automation of an entire construction site.
In order to secure European competitiveness in the construction industry, manufacturers of construction equipment need to improve their use of resources in developing faster, cheaper, more environmentally-friendly products to higher standards of quality. RoadRobot offers an integrated ITapproach to automation, enabling efficient control of mobile platforms for heavy-duty applications.
The integration of automated functions into the road paver and the use of a standard code of practice (e.g. the use of the ISO 10303 STEP standard), together with the incorporation of new technologies, drive costs down and reduce energy consumption and generation of waste.
IT has been incorporated into the area of construction machines by the development of a new generation of pavers. The automation of the whole range of the process, from planning and scheduling to enhanced execution and a user- friendly interface, greatly increases the efficiency of the construction process. The integration of the automated functions into the paver also helps to cut costs.
Improved technology has been developed for all stages in the process. The paver uses newly developed electric drives in place of hydraulics. The process control aspects of operation are all integrated so as to form as effective an automation system as possible.
Applications The first prototype of the road paver had been presented at BAUMA'95 to much interest. To this end, the first pavers have been sold to customers in several countries (e.g. Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark).
At the final review meeting of the project in June1996, the complete system including the planning and scheduling system, the transfer of working tasks and the execution by the road paver was shown as a successful working unit. During a second demonstration at a real building site, the RoadRobot paved a street of about 50metres.
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Research Area Integration in Manufacturing
Keywords construction industry;robotics;
|APS Mechatronik DE|
|Face BV NL|
|Joseph Voegele AG|
|UK Robotics UK|
|Universidade Nova de Lisboa|
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