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SMErobotics

Project reference: 287787
Funded under: FP7-ICT

The European Robotics Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing by integrating aspects of cognitive systems [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2012-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 18 211 564

EU contribution:

EUR 12 149 967

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7

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.\nThe 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 FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
Hansastrasse 27C
MUENCHEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Walter Krause
Tel.: +49 89 12052713
Fax: +49 89 12057534
E-mail

Participants

GUDEL AG
Switzerland
GASWERKSTRASSE 26
LANGENTHAL, Switzerland
Administrative contact: Michael Marti
Tel.: +41 62 916 91 37
E-mail
MIVELAZ TECHNIQUES BOIS SA
Switzerland
ROUTE DU SERTE 19 PRAROMAN
LE MOURET, Switzerland
Administrative contact: David Mivelaz
Tel.: +41 79 204 53 17
E-mail
KUKA SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
BLUCHERSTRASSE 144
AUGSBURG, Germany
Administrative contact: Julian Stockschläder
Tel.: +49 821 797 3307
E-mail
WEBER STAHL ANARBEITUNGS SERVICE
Germany
ZUR TUCHBLEICH 4
GROSSLITTGEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Florian Weber
Tel.: +49 6575 951735
E-mail
GPS GESELLSCHAFT FUR PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany
Hamletstrasse 11
Stuttgart, Germany
Administrative contact: Thilo Zimmermann
Tel.: +49 711 68703142
Fax: +49 711 68703155
E-mail
Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
Germany
Walter-Reis-Strasse 1
Obernburg, Germany
Administrative contact: Manfred Dresselhaus
Tel.: +49 6022 503 575
Fax: +49 6022 503 589
E-mail
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
Linder Hoehe
KOELN, Germany
Administrative contact: Ludwig Sepperl-Dinter
Tel.: +49 8153 28 2427
Fax: +49 8153 28 1972
E-mail
FORTISS GMBH
Germany
BOLTZMANNSTRASSE 3
GARCHING, Germany
Administrative contact: Ines Lenz
Tel.: +49 89 3603522 12
Fax: +49 89 3603522 50
E-mail
KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Germany
Zugspitzstrasse 140
Augsburg, Germany
Administrative contact: Verena Hoermann
Tel.: +49 821 797 414635
Fax: +49 821 797 4635
E-mail
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
GREGERSENSVEJ 1
TAASTRUP, Denmark
Administrative contact: Anders Beck
Tel.: +45 72 20 23 32
Fax: +45 72 20 23 32
E-mail
COMAU SPA
Italy
VIA RIVALTA 30
GRUGLIASCO, Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Luise
Tel.: +39 011 0045223
Fax: +39 011 0045707
E-mail
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
PARADISGATAN 5C
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
BUYUKDERE CAD TOFAS HAN 145 KAT 4-5 ZINCIRLIKUYU
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: 2014-09-03