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The European Robot Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing

Objective

More than 219000 manufacturing SMEs in the EU are a crucial factor in Europe's competitiveness, wealth creation, quality of life and employment. Existing technologies have been developed for capital-intensive large-volume manufacturing, resulting in costly and complex systems which typically cannot be used in an SME context. Therefore, manufacturing SMEs are today caught in an automation trap: they must either opt for current and inappropriate automation solutions or compete on the basis of lowest wages.

The SMErobot initiative offers an escape out of the automation trap through:
- Technology development of SME robot systems adaptable to varying degrees of automation
- New business models creating options for financing and operating robot automation
- Empowering the supply chain of robot automation

The following radical innovations are the prime deliverables of the technical work packages:
1. The robot capable of understanding human-like instructions
2. The safe and productive human-aware space-sharing robot
3. The three-day-deployable integrated robot system

The unique composition of the consortium, including six major European robot manufacturers, leading research institutes and universities enables standardization activities for maximum European impact on worldwide standards. SMEs and society benefit from the combined integration of knowledge from component manufacturers to end users, from multidisciplinary activities from mechatronics to business/financing models and from fundamental technical research to SME applications. Management includes dedicated support for SME integration. SMErobot will lead to affordable, dependable and versatile robots with significantly reduced robot setup, changeover and instruction times, which can be used for side-by-side assistance of workers at traditionally manual workplaces. European SMEs will be able to buy/lease, implement and operate these systems to their competitive advantage.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-NMP-NI-3
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Muenchen
Germany

Participants (17)

ABB AB
Sweden
Address
Kopparbergsvaegen 2
Västeras
ABB AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
Address
Kopparbergsvaegen 2
Vasteras
ASSOCIAÇÃO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DO DEPARTAMENTO DE FÍSICA - UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA
Portugal
Address
Largo D. Dinis
Coimbra
CASTINGS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
Address
Brunel Way
Rotherham
COMAU S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Rivalta 30
Grugliasco
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro,7
Roma
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
Germany
Address
Linder Hoehe
Koeln
GESELLSCHAFT FUER PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany
Address
Hamletstrasse 11
Stuttgart
GUEDEL AG
Switzerland
Address
Gaswerkstrasse 26
Langenthal
KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
Germany
Address
Zugspitzstrasse 140
Augsburg
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
Lund
PRO SUPPORT B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Amarilstraat 11
Hengelo
PROSPEKTIV - GESELLSCHAFT FUER BETRIEBLICHE ZUKUNFTSGESTALTUNGEN MBH
Germany
Address
Friedensplatz 6
Dortmund
REIS GMBH & CO KG MASCHINENFABRIK
Germany
Address
Walter-reis-strasse 1
Obernburg
RINAS APS
Denmark
Address
Yestergade 10C
Haslev
SMEEIG EESV
Netherlands
Address
Boortorenweg 20
Hengelo
VISUAL COMPONENTS OY
Finland
Address
Korppaanmaentie 17 Cl6
Helsinki