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FP7

Hephestos

Project reference: 314739
Funded under

Hard Material Small-Batch Industrial Machining Robot

From 2012-09-01 to 2015-10-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 356 761

EU contribution:

EUR 2 402 488

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoFSee other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Hard materials machining has recently attracted great attentions from the European automotive, the aerospace and the biomedical industries. However, the existing technology failed to cope efficiently with small-batch production of large and complex-shaped products. The project Hephestos shall give rise to a cost-efficient solution in hard materials machining for this small-batch production of highly customized products through the application of industrial robots. Hephestos will develop a paradigm to provide standard industrial robots with break-through techniques in production planning, programming and real-time control system. Human experience and expertise will also be involved in the entire planning process to develop a plug-and-play flexible robotic metal removal system.

Objective

Hard materials machining has recently attracted great attentions from the advanced industries, in particular, the European automotive, the aerospace and the biomedical industries. However, the existing technology failed to provide these industries with a cost efficient solution to cope with small-batch production of large and complex-shaped products. The project Hephestos, with its focus on developing sophisticated methods in robotic manufacturing, shall give rise to a cost-efficient solution in hard materials machining for this small-batch production of highly customized products through the application of industrial robots.<br/>Hephestos will develop a paradigm that shall provide standard industrial robots with break-through techniques in production planning, programming and real-time control system. Based on established computer-aided-manufacturing frameworks, Hephestos will optimize production planning through the automatic generation of robotic program, taking into account specific robot signature i.e. robot system kinematic and dynamic characteristics, as well as models of processes (milling, grinding, polishing etc.), that are essential for the robotic application in hard material machining. To cope with small batch production time scales, real system data obtained by means of advanced sensor techniques will be integrated in the planning to improve efficiency. Human experience and expertise will also be involved in the entire planning process. Real-time strategies based on impedance and force control for the interactions between robot and the cutting of material, will take into account uncertainties and critical chattering effects in hard metal machining. Force-feed control should ensure high quality and precision in grinding and polishing operations and thus, extends the accuracy limits of the robot. Subsequent re-planning and re-programming will enhance the iterative machining process through existing sensor technology.Through this methodology, Hephestos will combine robotic advantages with the flexibility of human-like strategies of dexterous artisans and workmen to develop a plug-and-play flexible robotic metal removal system. In addition, Hephestos would utilize and further develop flexible and truly open robot control and planning platforms.The key innovations of the Hephestos will ensure substantial improvements of industrial robots technology in hard material machining and establish cost-efficient robotic applications in industry that are of considerable commercial benefits for the European machining sectors, pertinent and affordable to both small-and-medium enterprises and large scale producers.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 663 882


Pascalstrasse 8-9
10587 Berlin
Germany
Administrative contact: Gerhard Schreck
Tel.: +49 30 39006152
Fax: +49 30 3917517
E-mail

Participants

ME MESSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 156 700


NEUENDORFERSTRASSE 18A
16761 HENNIGSDORF
Germany
Administrative contact: Holger Kabelitz
Tel.: +49 3302 78620 60
Fax: +49 3302 78620 69
E-mail
ANTON STEFAN THOMAS MICHAEL - EASY ROB
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 142 470


HANS-THOMA-STRASSE 26A
60596 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Administrative contact: Stefan Anton
Tel.: +496967724287
Fax: +496967724320
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 224 050


CALLE RAMIRO DE MAEZTU 7 EDIFICIO RECTORADO
28040 MADRID
Spain
Administrative contact: Gonzalo Leon
Tel.: +34913366048
Fax: +34913365974
E-mail
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Participation ended
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 0


TEKNIIKANTIE 4 A
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
Administrative contact: Tapio Heikkilä
Tel.: +358 40 3524599
Fax: +358 20722 2320
E-mail
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 394 816


VUORIMIEHENTIE 3
02150 Espoo
Finland
Administrative contact: Tapio Heikkilä
Tel.: +358 40 3524599
Fax: +358 20722 2320
E-mail
JOT AUTOMATION OY
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 232 330


VIHIKARI 10
FI-90440 KEMPELE
Finland
Administrative contact: Petri Kosonen
Tel.: +358 40 032 0755
Fax: +358 20 703 2999
E-mail
G-ROBOTS SZOLGALTATO ES KERESKEDELMI KFT
Hungary

EU contribution: EUR 137 130


SZOVETKEZET U 6
8411 VESZPREM
Hungary
Administrative contact: Lajos Toth
Tel.: +36704086835
E-mail
COMAU SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 72 500


VIA RIVALTA 30
10095 GRUGLIASCO
Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Luise
Tel.: +39 011 0049233
Fax: +39 011 0049707
E-mail
UNIVERSITETET I AGDER
Norway

EU contribution: EUR 378 610


GIMLEMOEN 25
4604 KRISTIANSAND
Norway
Administrative contact: Geir Hovland
Tel.: +4737233000
Fax: +4737233001
E-mail
Record Number: 104951 / Last updated on: 2016-07-13