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CustomPacker

Project reference: 260065
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Highly Customizable and Flexible Packaging Station for mid- to upper sized Electronic Consumer Goods using Industrial Robots [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2010-07-01 to 2013-06-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 816 281

EU contribution:

EUR 2 615 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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. 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.
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
Arcisstrasse 21
MUENCHEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Ulrike Ronchetti
Tel.: +49 89 289 22616
Fax: +49 89 289 22620
E-mail

Participants

FERROBOTICS COMPLIANT ROBOT TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
ALTENBERGERSTRASSE
LINZ, Austria
Administrative contact: Paolo Ferrara
Tel.: +43-720-108107-07
Fax: +43-720-108107-10
E-mail
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
IM STADTGUT
STEYR-GLEINK, Austria
Administrative contact: Dieter Brandecker
Tel.: +437252885114
Fax: +437252885101
E-mail
MRK - SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
STAETZLINGER STRASSE
AUGSBURG, Germany
Administrative contact: Peter Heiligensetzer
Tel.: 0049 821 7949 580
Fax: 0049 821 7949 581
E-mail
Loewe Opta GmbH
Germany
Industriestrasse
Kronach, Germany
Administrative contact: Hermann Zeuss
Tel.: +49 9261 99475
Fax: +49 9261 99323
E-mail
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
Avenida Otaola
EIBAR GUIPUZCOA, Spain
Administrative contact: Alicia Piñeiro Moran
Tel.: +34943206744
Fax: +34943202757
E-mail
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
Vuorimiehentie
ESPOO, Finland
Administrative contact: Irina Granfors
Tel.: +358 20 722 5347
Fax: +358 20 722 7077
E-mail
Record Number: 96469 / Last updated on: 2014-10-06