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SMErobotics

Project reference: 287787
Funded under

The European Robotics Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing by integrating aspects of cognitive systems

From 2012-01-01 to 2016-06-30, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 18 024 842

EU contribution:

EUR 12 149 967

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

SME-suitable robots that assist in managing uncertainty by symbiotic Human-Robot-Interaction and embedded cognition

Over two-thirds of European workers in manufacturing are employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). While robots are able to carry out repetitive tasks to a high standard, they do not meet the demands of SMEs for high flexibility. Cognitive abilities should be included in the equipment and cognition should take place in both the robot and the human. SMErobotics propose a new work system, in which humans and robots can together deal with SME manufacturing uncertainties and are symbiotically able to learn from each other and to learn from the past handling of uncertainties. The SMErobotics vision is to deploy such robots on SME shop floors, with the benefit of long-term improvements in productivity.

Objective

Over two-thirds of European workers in manufacturing are employed in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Their primary means of competition is to respond rapidly to changing production needs and to keep product quality at a very high level. While robots are able to carry out repetitive tasks to a high standard, they do not meet the demands of SMEs for high flexibility. Today's robots know only their nominal task, which limits their ability to deal with sudden changes in the manufacturing process.For the operation of robots in an SME environment, which is typically less structured and involves more uncertainties, the currently available solutions result in overly complex system integration. Instead, cognitive abilities should be included in the equipment and cognition should take place in both the robot and the human, such that the worker's knowledge can be fully utilised and productivity demands can be met. Additionally, the concepts and symbols used in dialogues need to have a common grounding in order to guarantee ease of use.Therefore, we propose the SMErobotics work system, which covers all phases of the robot life-cycle and in which humans and robots can together deal with SME manufacturing uncertainties and are symbiotically able to learn from each other and to learn from the past handling of uncertainties. The SMErobotics vision is to deploy such robots on SME shop floors, with the benefit of long-term improvements in productivity.The SMErobotics initiative pays careful attention to SME-related issues and scientific challenges, as is reflected by its strong industrial involvement supported by leading researchers and building on successful collaboration between industry and academia as well as on demonstration-driven research from the SMErobot project. Additional partners will be included in order to widen the initiative's impact by transferring project results to European pilot applications of SME-compatible cognitive robot systems.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 899 526


Hansastrasse 27C
80686 MUENCHEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49 89 12052713
Fax: +49 89 12057534
E-mail

Participants

GUDEL AG
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 423 560


GASWERKSTRASSE 26
4900 LANGENTHAL
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Michael Marti
Tel.: +41 62 916 91 37
E-mail
MIVELAZ TECHNIQUES BOIS SA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 50 000


ROUTE DU SERTE 19 PRAROMAN
1724 LE MOURET
Switzerland
Administrative contact: David Mivelaz
Tel.: +41 79 204 53 17
E-mail
KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 418 516


Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg
Germany
Administrative contact: Verena Hoermann
Tel.: +49 821 797 414635
Fax: +49 821 797 4635
E-mail
KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 617 747


ZUGSPITZSTRASSE 140
86165 AUGSBURG
Germany
Administrative contact: Verena Hoermann
Tel.: +49 821 797 414635
Fax: +49 821 797 4635
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 85 709


STRASSE DER NATIONEN 62
09111 CHEMNITZ
Germany
Administrative contact: Nadine Seyfarth
Tel.: +49 371 531 37816
Fax: +49 371 531 837816
E-mail
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 87 600


PLATZ DER DEUTSCHEN EINHEIT 1
03046 COTTBUS
Germany
Administrative contact: Ulrich Berger
Tel.: +49 355 69 2457
Fax: +49 355 69 2387
E-mail
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 341 872


Linder Hoehe
51147 KOELN
Germany
Administrative contact: Ludwig Sepperl-Dinter
Tel.: +49 8153 28 2427
Fax: +49 8153 28 1972
E-mail
GPS GESELLSCHAFT FUR PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 786 000


Hamletstrasse 11
70563 Stuttgart
Germany
Administrative contact: Thilo Zimmermann
Tel.: +49 711 68703142
Fax: +49 711 68703155
E-mail
WEBER STAHL ANARBEITUNGS SERVICE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 50 000


ZUR TUCHBLEICH 4
54534 GROSSLITTGEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Florian Weber
Tel.: +49 6575 951735
E-mail
Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 409 459


Walter-Reis-Strasse 1
63785 Obernburg
Germany
Administrative contact: Manfred Dresselhaus
Tel.: +49 6022 503 575
Fax: +49 6022 503 589
E-mail
FORTISS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 097 095


BOLTZMANNSTRASSE 3
85748 GARCHING
Germany
Administrative contact: Ines Lenz
Tel.: +49 89 3603522 12
Fax: +49 89 3603522 50
E-mail
KUKA SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 50 000


BLUCHERSTRASSE 144
86073 AUGSBURG
Germany
Administrative contact: Julian Stockschläder
Tel.: +49 821 797 3307
E-mail
DANFOSS POWER ELECTRONICS AS
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 14 808


ULSNAES 1
6300 GRASTEN
Denmark
Administrative contact: Jens Falck Sørensen
Tel.: +45 2966 6814
E-mail
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 1 816 250


GREGERSENSVEJ 1
2630 TAASTRUP
Denmark
Administrative contact: Anders Beck
Tel.: +45 72 20 23 32
Fax: +45 72 20 23 32
E-mail
BILA AS
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 129 532


INDUSTRIVEJ 18
7900 NYKOBING MORS
Denmark
Administrative contact: Per Bech Rasmussen
Tel.: +45 2566 0008
E-mail
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 197 307


CALLE INAKI GOENAGA 5
20600 EIBAR GUIPUZCOA
Spain
Administrative contact: Iñaki Maurtua
Tel.: +34 943 20 67 44
E-mail
DESARROLLOS MECANICOS DE PRECISION SL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 48 800


POLIGONO INDUSTRIAL PLAZA
20850 MENDARO
Spain
Administrative contact: Lucia de Miguel
Tel.: +34 943 757 205
E-mail
FONDAZIONE DEMOCENTER - SIPE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 21 750


VIA VIGNOLESE 905
41125 MODENA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giulia Pignedoli
Tel.: +39 059 2058144
Fax: +39 059 2058161
E-mail
COMAU SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 822 508


VIA RIVALTA 30
10095 GRUGLIASCO
Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Luise
Tel.: +39 011 0045223
Fax: +39 011 0045707
E-mail
BUCHER HYDRAULICS SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 64 575


via Colletta 5
42124 Reggio Emilia
Italy
Administrative contact: Laura Ugolotti
Tel.: +39 0522 928518
Fax: +39 0522 928523
E-mail
NORFERSTEEL - CONSTRUCOES E METALOMECANICA, S.A.
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 119 053


RUA COMENDADOR ARLINDO SOARES DE PINHO 1910 LUGAR DE LORDELO
3730 404 VALE DE CAMBRA
Portugal
Administrative contact: José Melo
Tel.: +351256420910
E-mail
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 61 481


Campus da FEUP, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias 378
4200 465 PORTO
Portugal
Administrative contact: Marta Barbas
Tel.: +351222094008
Fax: +351222094050
E-mail
SARKKIS - ROBOTICS LDA
Portugal

EU contribution: EUR 68 933


Rua Júlio de Matos, nº 828/882, Sala 0.03
4200-355 Porto
Portugal
Administrative contact: José Oliveira
Tel.: +351 239700339
E-mail
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 1 417 886


Paradisgatan 5c
22100 LUND
Sweden
Administrative contact: Klas Nilsson
Tel.: +46 46 222 43 04
Fax: +46 46 13 10 21
E-mail
TOFAS TURK OTOMOBIL FABRIKASI ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey

EU contribution: EUR 50 000


BUYUKDERE CAD TOFAS HAN 145 KAT 4-5 ZINCIRLIKUYU
34394 SISLI ISTANBUL
Turkey
Administrative contact: İlhan Yanılmaz
Tel.: +90 549 596 7490
Fax: +90 224 261 0412
E-mail
Record Number: 101283 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01