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CustomPacker

Project ID: 260065
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Highly Customizable and Flexible Packaging Station for mid- to upper sized Electronic Consumer Goods using Industrial Robots

From 2010-07-01 to 2013-06-30, closed project | CustomPacker Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 816 281

EU contribution:

EUR 2 615 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Packaging workstation with teachable system architecture
Electronic consumer goods have a large number of variants and are packaged manually. Automating the packaging process will decrease the production cycle time and costs also for mixed variant production lines, thus allowing that several production lines can be merged to a reduced number of packaging stations. <a href="http://www.custompacker.eu/" target="_blank">CustomPacker</a> aims at developing and integrating a scalable and flexible packaging assistant that aids human workers while packaging mid to upper sized and mostly heavy goods.
The main goal is to design and assemble a packaging workstation mostly using standard hardware components resulting in a universal handling system for different products.

Objective

The project entitled Highly Customizable and Flexible Packaging Station for mid- to upper sized Electronic Consumer Goods using Industrial Robots (CustomPacker) aims at developing and integrating a scalable and flexible packaging assistant that aids human workers while packaging mid to upper sized and mostly heavy goods.Electronic consumer goods, e.g. TV sets, have a large number of variants and are packaged manually. Only in single-variant production lines with high lot sizes, an automation of the packaging step has been introduced. However, automating the packaging process will decrease the production cycle time and costs also for mixed variant production lines, thus allowing that several production lines can be merged to a reduced number of flexible packaging stations. This also allows an optimization with regard to the actual demands of the (various) goods (i.e. number of items produced per day). In order to achieve the realization of these challenging goals for a highly flexible packaging station, CustomPacker will bring together the highly adaptable skills of a human worker together with the precision and ability of robots to carry heavy goods.The main goal of CustomPacker is to design and assemble a packaging workstation mostly using standard hardware components resulting in a universal handling system for different products. Ideally one setup for packaging a high variety of products and components can be implemented, which can be achieved by a teachable system architecture. This will open a new dimension of today's way in how industrial robots are deployed, namely the collaboration of human workers together with robot co-workers. Only by driving the reliability and precision of today's available technology to the limits and by additionally forcing the use of highly sophisticated software modules for worker detection and intention recognition, the cycle times can be reduced in order to justify the investment costs for additional complexity.

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Coordinator contact

Frank WALLHOFF, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +49 89 289 22616
Fax: +49 89 289 22620
E-mail

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 710 741


Arcisstrasse 21
80333 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ulrike Ronchetti
Tel.: +49 89 289 22616
Fax: +49 89 289 22620
E-mail

Participants

FERROBOTICS COMPLIANT ROBOT TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 365 200


ALTENBERGERSTRASSE
4040 LINZ
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Paolo Ferrara
Tel.: +43-720-108107-07
Fax: +43-720-108107-10
E-mail
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 446 132


IM STADTGUT
4407 STEYR-GLEINK
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Dieter Brandecker
Tel.: +437252885114
Fax: +437252885101
E-mail
Loewe Opta GmbH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 206 744


Industriestrasse
D96317 Kronach
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Hermann Zeuss
Tel.: +49 9261 99475
Fax: +49 9261 99323
E-mail
MRK - SYSTEME GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 199 538


STAETZLINGER STRASSE
86165 AUGSBURG
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Peter Heiligensetzer
Tel.: 0049 821 7949 580
Fax: 0049 821 7949 581
E-mail
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 290 451


Avenida Otaola
20600 EIBAR GUIPUZCOA
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Alicia Piñeiro Moran
Tel.: +34943206744
Fax: +34943202757
E-mail
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 396 194


Vuorimiehentie
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Irina Granfors
Tel.: +358 20 722 5347
Fax: +358 20 722 7077
E-mail
Record Number: 96469 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01