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VALERI

Project ID: 314774
Funded under

Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications

From 2012-11-01 to 2015-10-31, closed project | VALERI Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 566 912

EU contribution:

EUR 3 683 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Mobile manipulator for assisting human workers in aerospace production tasks
The VALERI project proposes the development and validation of a mobile manipulator for assisting human workers in aerospace production tasks. In the current production environment, specialized and stationary robotic systems are not economical. This would change with the employment of mobile manipulators, by allowing for one robot to be used for similar tasks in multiple stations. Novel safety strategies and components offer a clear added-value to the robot by empowering the human co-workers to collaborate and work directly with the mobile manipulator. The project aims to carry out two exemplary tasks for the end-users which are carried out in variations at virtually all assembly stations, so that the system will be highly productive. These tasks involve operations which are necessary for carrying out other tasks in all other sectors of manufacturing.

Objective

The VALERI project proposes the development and validation of a mobile manipulator for assisting human workers in aerospace production tasks. The current production can be characterized as having large parts stationary in a production cell, whereby multiple shifts of workers complete the assembly and inspection tasks over a period of days. In such a production environment, specialized, stationary robotic systems are not economical. The employment of mobile manipulators is a way to make the use of robots more economical, by allowing for one robot to be used for similar tasks in multiple stations.The project begins by addressing the technical hurdles that currently impede the widespread use of mobile manipulators in production. Advances in vision technology for delivering a wide range of information relating both to external parts (e.g. inspection) as well as about the internal condition of the robot (e.g. pose information for navigation and path-planning) are necessary to achieve the project goals and will be developed in the project. The implementation of truly mobile manipulation algorithms for application in the production environment will be addressed as well. In addition, it is essential to address both the issues of safety and human-robot-interaction. Novel safety strategies and components offer a clear added-value to the mobile manipulator by empowering the human co-workers to collaborate and work directly with the mobile manipulator.The project aims to carry out two exemplary tasks for the end-users, namely carrying out inspections on large surfaces (e.g. turbine covering elements) and applying sealant along a groove. These tasks are carried out in variations at virtually all assembly stations, so that the system will be highly productive. Viewed abstractly, these tasks involve the point-to-point positioning and movement along a path with a mobile manipulator, both of which are necessary for carrying out other tasks in all other sectors of manufacturing.

Related information

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 777 590


Hansastrasse 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Michael Prestele
Tel.: +49 89 1205 2738
E-mail

Participants

PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 414 256


IM STADTGUT A2
4407 STEYR GLEINK
Austria
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Dieter Brandecker
Tel.: +43 7252 885114
Fax: +43 7252 885101
E-mail
FISCHER ADVANCED COMPOSITE COMPONENTS AG*FACC AG
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 234 132


FISCHERSTRASSE
4910 RIED IM INNKREIS
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Olaf Koch
Tel.: +43 59 6161778
E-mail
KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 278 062


ZUGSPITZSTRASSE 140
86165 AUGSBURG
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Rainer Bischoff
Tel.: +49 821 7973244
Fax: +49 821 797 5244
E-mail
KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 514 098


Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Rainer Bischoff
Tel.: +49 821 7973244
Fax: +49 821 797 5244
E-mail
FUNDACION PRODINTEC
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 345 062


Avenida Jardin Botanico - Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico Zo
33203 Gijon
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: David Gonzalez
Tel.: +34984390060
Fax: +34984390061
E-mail
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 294 000


AVENIDA DE ARAGON 404
28022 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Remedios Carmona
Tel.: +34 955 430772
E-mail
I.D.P. SISTEMAS Y APLICACIONES SL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 825 800


AVENIDA ASTRONOMIA 43
28830 SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Angel Navarro Oriol
Tel.: +34 91519387
Fax: +34 915191389
E-mail
Record Number: 105093 / Last updated on: 2016-04-11