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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

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.

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 FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
Pascalstrasse 8-9
10587 BERLIN
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Administrative contact: Gerhard SCHRECK
Tel.: +49-3039006152
Fax: +49-303917517
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Participants

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
Vuorimiehentie
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
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Administrative contact: Tapio HEIKKILÄ
Tel.: +358-403524599
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ANTON STEFAN THOMAS MICHAEL - EASY ROB
Germany
HANS-THOMA-STRASSE
60596 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
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Administrative contact: Stefan ANTON
Tel.: +49-6967724287
Fax: +49-6967724320
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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
AVENIDA RAMIRO DE MAEZTU
28040 MADRID
Spain
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Administrative contact: Gonzalo LEON, (Vice Rector for Research)
Tel.: +34 913366048
Fax: +34 913365974
G-ROBOTS SZOLGALTATO ES KERESKEDELMI KFT
Hungary
GYORI UTCA
8411 VESZPREM KADARTA
Hungary
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Administrative contact: Lajos TOTH
Tel.: +36-704086835
COMAU SPA
Italy
VIA RIVALTA
10095 GRUGLIASCO
Italy
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Administrative contact: Giovanni LUISE
Tel.: +39-0110049233
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UNIVERSITETET I AGDER
Norway
GIMLEMOEN
4604 KRISTIANSAND
Norway
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Administrative contact: Geir HOVLAND
Tel.: +47-37233000
Fax: +47-37233001
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ME MESSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany
NEUENDORFERSTRASSE
16761 HENNIGSDORF
Germany
Administrative contact: Holger KABELITZ
Tel.: +49-33027862060
Fax: +49-33027862069
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JOT AUTOMATION OY
Finland
VIHIKARI
FI-90440 KEMPELE
Finland
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Administrative contact: Petri KOSONEN
Tel.: +358-400320755
Fax: +358-207032999
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Record Number: 104951 / Last updated on: 2013-10-28