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ROBOFOOT

Project reference: 260159
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Smart robotics for high added value footwear industry

From 2010-09-01 to 2013-02-28

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 685 073

EU contribution:

EUR 2 559 540

Coordinated in:

Spain

Call for proposal:

FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoFSee other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Robots improving the shoe production processes

Footwear production is still mainly handcrafted. Currently, opposite to other manufacturing sectors like automotive, food or metal processing, robots are still uncommon in the footwear industry. The introduction of robotics will contribute to overcome the complexity in the automation of the processes of this industry that accounts for some of the shortest production runs to be found. ROBOFOOT will research and develop: new manipulation strategies and devices for non-rigid parts that allowed grasping, handling and packaging of shoes without damaging them; sensor based robot programming and controlling tools, in particular visual sensors as the base for visual servoing; re-design of some shoe production processes to allow robot assisted manufacturing and assembly.

Objective

Footwear production is still mainly handcrafted. Currently, opposite to other manufacturing sectors like automotive, food or metal processing, robots are still out of Footwear industry: only technical shoe producers have introduced robots to assist in the injection moulding process but there are not other relevant applications in use. The introduction of robotics will contribute to overcome the complexity in the automation of the processes of this industry that accounts for some of the shortest production runs to be found. The main difficulties to achieve this goal are:•The high number of products variants.•Complex manufacturing process.•Complex assembly process.•Extensive labour demand on some processes.<br/>To achieve this objective, a consortium composed by 4 Industrial companies, 4 Research centres and 2 Shoe manufacturers will research and develop:•New manipulation strategies and devices for non-rigid parts that allowed grasping, handling and packaging of shoes without damaging them.•Sensor based robot programming and controlling tools that will exploit the information coming from CAD systems and all sensors available, in particular visual sensors as the base for visual servoing, making possible easy to program and flexible robotic applications.•Re-design of some shoe production processes to allow robot assisted manufacturing and assembly, in particular selective heating, visual inspection and packaging.<br/>The consortium has identified a set of six operations in the shoe manufacturing process as the more suitable for short-medium term robotics introduction. They will be packed into three prototypes that will be scheduled through the 30 months duration of the project in such a way that, from early phases, the Footwear Industry may get aware of the potential applications and benefits of robotics in their sector.<br/>This research activity is carried out in the framework of the ''Factories of the Future'' call promoted by the ''Cognitive Systems and Robotics'' ICT Challenge.

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Coordinator

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 629 633


Avenida Otaola 20
20600 EIBAR GUIPUZCOA
Spain
Administrative contact: IÑAKI MAURTUA ORMAECHEA
Tel.: +34943206744
Fax: +34943202757
E-mail

Participants

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER KUENSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 129 039


Trippstadter Strasse
67663 KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
Administrative contact: Thomas Vögele
Tel.: +49 421 21864130
Fax: +49 421 1651951
E-mail
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 279 061


C/Berni i Catala
46019 VALENCIA
Spain
Administrative contact: Rafael Lopez
Tel.: +34 963383835
Fax: +34 963383580
E-mail
AUTOMATICA Y CONTROL NUMERICO SL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 153 008


CALLE ALEMANIA
03600 ELDA
Spain
Administrative contact: JOSÉ DOÑATE ALFARO
Tel.: +34 965 384 710
Fax: +34 965 384 710
E-mail
PIKOLINOS INTERCONTINENTAL S.A.
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 86 950


CALLE GALILEO GALILEI PARQUE INDUSTRIAL
03203 ELCHE
Spain
Administrative contact: PERAN PAQUI
Tel.: +34 96 568 32 31
Fax: +34 96 568 31 56
E-mail
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADO Y CONEXAS
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 289 222


POLIGONO INDUSTRIAL CAMPO ALTO-CALLE ALEMANIA
03600 ELDA (ALICANTE)
Spain
Administrative contact: ENRIQUE MONTIEL
Tel.: +34965395213
Fax: +34965381045
E-mail
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 413 088


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO
00185 ROMA
Italy
Administrative contact: LORENZO MOLINARI TOSATTI
Tel.: +39 02 23699962
Fax: +39 02 23699925
E-mail
ROTTA s.r.l.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 119 620


VIA DELL'INDUSTRIA
37066 SOMMMACAMPAGNA
Italy
Administrative contact: Antonio Calearo
Tel.: +39 045 8960272
Fax: +39 045 8960 574
E-mail
QDESIGN S.R.L.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 121 000


VIA IL SANGUIGNO
56124 PISA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giuseppe d'Urzo
Tel.: +39 0587 489794
Fax: +39 0587 486742
E-mail
COMAU SPA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 338 919


VIA RIVALTA
10095 GRUGLIASCO
Italy
Administrative contact: Giovanni Sella
Tel.: +39 011 0049233
Fax: +39 011 0049707
E-mail
Record Number: 95549 / Last updated on: 2016-04-02