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Decision making and augmented reality support for automatic welding installations

Objective

"Robot welding is critical to welding automation in many industries and it is estimated that as much as 25% of all industrial robots are being used for welding tasks. The biggest challenge for small companies is to have flexible automation that can be set up quickly and can be switched over to another product line. The current proposal addresses the need to increase the competitiveness of welding SMEs by developing a low cost computer vision based welding robot with automatic track calculation and quality control system that can reduce manufacturing time and costs, increase production flexibility, improve product quality and production efficiency. Currently available welding technologies such as manual welding and welding robots have several drawbacks. Manual welding is time consuming, while existing welding robots are not efficient enough for manufacturing small batch sized products but they also often face discrepancies when reprogramming is necessary. This reprogramming is also extremely time-consuming. In contrary, MARWIN will offer a flexible, programmable system to manufacturers and with this solution they will be able to optimize the welding process in a timely and cost effective manner. Aware of the business opportunity and growing market in the welded parts industry, SMEs in the current proposal, with the help of RTD performers, intend to capitalise on this need by developing a product that will overcome the limitations of available systems for end-users, thereby fulfilling a real market need. It will provide a competitive edge for consortium SMEs and within the EU and worldwide in a field where the production of differentiated, high quality welded parts is mainly dominated by large enterprises. By using MARWIN system companies will not only widen the range of products / services offered but they will also reduce their production costs. The combination of these two elements will result in higher effectiveness and significantly increased competitiveness."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 69 100
Administrative Contact
Debbie Mcconnell (Ms.)

Participants (6)

NEMETSCHEK EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 219 858
Address
Industrialna 11
1202 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lyuba Filipova (Ms.)
ROLAN ROBOTICS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 740
Address
De Corantijn 6
1620a Zwaag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Stam (Mr.)
G-ROBOTS SZOLGALTATO ES KERESKEDELMI KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 242 406
Address
Szovetkezet U 6
8411 Veszprem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lajos Toth (Mr.)
RECAM LASER SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 256 679
Address
Calle Borges Blanques Sn
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pere Sturlese Barrios (Mr.)
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 157
Address
Howard Street City Campus
S1 1WB Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marcos Rodrigues (Prof.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 40 860
Address
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emese Karácsonyi (Ms.)