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Adaptive Robots for Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Objective

The project objectives aims to radically innovate industrial robots in different application contexts. The design objectives will be demonstrated in real operating conditions. Increase in flexibility and adaptability, cost reduction and increase of the field of applications in the job floor, will be obtained by developing the needed know how and experimental evidence for new generations of high performing embedded control systems. This will require to integrate - in dedicated hardware and software subsystems and components - the most advanced base technologies and a new class of control techniques. Lower cost will be assured by choosing a soft/hard flexible standard architecture with optimal compromise between standard components and interfaces, and the use of deeply integrated components. The control system will differ from existing solutions (top-down open-control of the arms joints) for the type of control technology used and the level of component integration. A higher level of control will be added to close the control chains, feeding back information from added environmental sensory devices. Disparate technologies will be investigated and integrated in end-user industrial scenarios: topics include control theory, video sensors, integrated circuits, visual processing algorithms, sensors fusion, communication networks, middleware software packages, real time operating systems, and robot design. The project will therefore also represent a challenge to the present knowledge in all those disciplines, feeding back important information for their advancement. The project approach, leveraging on existing research and standardization efforts and on results already in place in the robotic industry, will guarantee enough flexibility for exploitation and adoption in the larger market of industrial automation. The partners well represent the various interests and stakeholders, from end products manufacturers, to subsystems and components suppliers, to RandD institutions.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-IST-NMP-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

EICAS AUTOMAZIONE SPA
Address
Via Vincenzo Vela, 27
Torino
Italy

Participants (6)

ACCENT SRL
Italy
Address
Via Torri Bianche 3
Vimercate
COMAU SPA
Italy
Address
Via Rivalta 30
Grugliasco (To)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Munchen
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
Address
Jamova 39
Ljubljana
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Address
Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen
ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES WINTERTHUR, INSTITUTE OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS
Switzerland
Address
Technikumstrasse 9
Winterthur