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TAPAS

Project reference: 260026
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Robotics-enabled logistics and assistive services for the transformable factory of the future [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2010-10-01 to 2014-06-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 179 257

EU contribution:

EUR 3 400 000

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Obtaining transformable production by developing new assistive automation and mobile robots

Today’s automation and logistics make it difficult, time consuming, and costly to change the type of the product manufactured and to scale the production up and down in response to market volatility. With the increasing market uncertainties, it becomes more and more difficult to justify new automation lines. To keep production in Europe instead of shifting it to low-wage countries, TAPAS will break new ground in robot-based automation and logistics as the backbone of a transformable factory of the future, enabling an economic production regardless of changes in volumes and product type.

Objective

Today's automation and logistics paradigms make it difficult, time consuming, and costly to change the type of the product manufactured and to scale the production up and down in response to market volatility. Consequently, and with the increasing market uncertainties, it becomes more and more difficult to justify new automation lines. To keep production in Europe instead of shifting it to low-wage countries, this project will break new ground in robot-based automation and logistics as the backbone of a transformable factory of the future, enabling an economic production regardless of changes in volumes and product type.TAPAS pioneers the following tasks in real production environments: mobile robots with manipulation arms will make logistic tasks more flexible and more complete by not only transporting, but also collecting the parts needed and delivering them right to the place were needed. Since moving parts around the shop floor does not create value by itself, TAPAS robots go even beyond: they will automate assistive tasks that naturally extend the logistic tasks, such as preparatory and post-processing works, e.g., pre-assembly or machine tending with inherent quality control. Through this additional creation of value and by a faster adaptation to changes with new levels of robustness, availability, and completeness of jobs TAPAS robots promise to yield an earlier return of investment.To reach the objectives, the TAPAS consortium will iteratively test and validate the developments with two pilot installations of increasing complexity and scale. The drivers behind TAPAS are a robot manufacturer and a system integrator, providing both their production environments for intensive testing and validation, and a software technology provider. Teaming up with three excellent research partners they will develop logistic and assistive robotic solutions for transformable automation that are generally applicable and scalable.

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Coordinator

KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Germany
Zugspitzstrasse 140
Augsburg, Germany
Administrative contact: Verena Hoermann
Tel.: +49 821 797 4635
Fax: +49 821 797 414635
E-mail

Participants

Convergent Information Technologies GmbH
Austria
SCHULSTRASSE 2
HAID BEI ANSFELDEN, Austria
Administrative contact: Christof Eberst
Tel.: +43 681 10722671
Fax: +43 7229 789 12
E-mail
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
Linder Hoehe
KOELN, Germany
Administrative contact: Ludwig Sepperl-Dinter
Tel.: +49 8153 28 2427
Fax: +49 8153 28 1134
E-mail
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
FAHNENBERGPLATZ
FREIBURG, Germany
Administrative contact: Wolfram Burgard
Tel.: +49 7612038026
Fax: +49 7612038007
E-mail
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ 5
AALBORG, Denmark
Administrative contact: Ole Madsen
Tel.: +45 9940 8968
Fax: +45 9940 7110
E-mail
GRUNDFOS AS - GBJ GRUNDFOS WATER EQUIPMENT AS GRUNDFOS ELECTRONICS AS GRUNDFOS INTERNATIONAL AS
Denmark
POUL DUE JENSENS VEJ 7
BJERRINGBRO, Denmark
Administrative contact: Trine Vestergaard Hennessy
Tel.: +45 8750 4430
Fax: +45 8750 1428
E-mail
GRUNDFOS HOLDING AS
Denmark
POUL DUE JENSENS VEJ 7
BJERRINGBRO, Denmark
Administrative contact: Trine Vestergaard Hennessy
Tel.: +45 24 61 06 77
E-mail
Record Number: 97047 / Last updated on: 2014-09-09