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Holonic Integration of Cognition, Communication and Control for a Wood Patching Robot

Objective

Repair and patching of resin galls and lose dead knots is a costly and disruptive process of inline production in timber industry. A large variety of plain as well as laminated wooden end-products demands for off-line human interaction and skilled handcrafting in order to add value and quality to the final products. The human workforce involved in these production tasks is hard to be replaced by a machine. Another request for human recognition and decision-making capabilities, occurring at a previous stage of the production line, is the detection and classification of significant artefacts in wooden surfaces.
The dimension of these plain or laminated wooden products ranges from a few centimetres up to several meters, thus requiring a related scalability of the fully automised solution being researched for within this project. For that reason this project proposes a holonic concept that subsumes automated visual inspection and quality/artefact classification by a skilled robot visually guided and controlled by non-linear approaches that combine manipulation with energy saving in trajectory planning under real-time conditions – enabling the required scalability for a wide range of applications. The interaction of these holonic sub-systems is implemented in agent technology based on a real-time communication concept while fusing multi-sensoric data and information at different spatial positions of the production line.
The feasibility of inter-linking independent autonomous processes, i.e. agents for inspection, wood-processing, transport (conveying) to repair by a patching robot, is demonstrated by a pilot in a glue lam factory since shutter boards are a perfectly representative mid-size product. A mobile HMI concept makes interaction with the machine park easy to control, reliable and efficient, while at the same time increasing the safety for workers within a potentially dangerous working environment of a glue lam factories and saw mills.

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MiCROTEC S.R.L.
Address
Via Julius Durst 98
39042 Brixen - Bressanone
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 727 747
Administrative Contact
Christoph Steiner (Mr.)

Participants (6)

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 319 845
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monica Tjerngren (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 620 754
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Munir Merdan (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 389 800
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
SPRINGER MASCHINENFABRIK AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 396 883
Address
Hans-springer-straße 2
9360 Friesach Ktn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfred Widu (Mr.)
LIP OPAZNE PLOSCE BOHINJ DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 108 172
Address
Ulica Tomaza Godca 5
4264 Bohinjska Bistrica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Franci Sodja (Mr.)
TTTECH COMPUTERTECHNIK AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 391 832
Address
Schonbrunner Strasse 7
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arjan Geven (Mr.)