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Artistic robotic surface processing for stone

Objective

Natural stone industry has a crucial importance at European level, and the overall worldwide demand for natural stone products is experiencing a steady growth; however, in the last years globalization is transforming the competitive scenario at a fast pace, with high technology available to most of worldwide players, who are able to offer good alternatives at extremely affordable prices; quality alone is therefore not able to keep up with the price gap, and the result is that the traditional European sculpturing and artistic stone processing is becoming an endangered art.
It’s mandatory that the processes of artistic stone processing urgently evolves technologically to remain competitive in the international market, maintaining the inimitable artistic touch, at the same time keeping up with the new industrial requirements in terms of productivity and lean manufacturing.
The main goal of the AROSU project is to advance and facilitate traditional artisan and art-work with new technologies, helping the European stone industry to lower their production costs by automating various production steps through a new flexible production concept. AROSU will implement a novel production concept able to extend industrial robot usage as an active assistant during the complex and demanding artistic work of hard natural stone carving. This will be achieved through the implementation of a novel robot cell able to produce artistic looking surfaces by implementing the following core components. 1) new robot mounted pneumatic chisel tool; 2)automated path generation from geometry data provided by a design interface for architects and artists. With AROSU it will be possible to improve the competitiveness of the stone processing industry, by drastically increasing the production efficiency through a novel co-operative workspace, in which sculptors and the robotic work-cell can jointly work on the natural product, with a vast range of different products with different sizes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

KLERO GMBH ROBOTERAUTOMATION
Address
Siegfriedstrasse 66-70
10365 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 503 315
Administrative Contact
Holger Klempnow (Mr.)

Participants (7)

BAMBERGER NATURSTEINWERK HERMANN GRASER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 885
Address
Dr Robert Pfleger Strasse 25
96052 Bamberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hermann Graser (Mr.)
KUKA ROBOTER CEE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 8 640
Address
Gruberstrasse 2-4
4020 Linz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erich Schober (Mr.)
G. GIBSON & CO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 265 885
Address
Barrowby Lane Gibson House Garforth
LS25 1NG Leeds
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Cochrane (Mr.)
II A ULUSLARARASI MIMARI TASARIM YAPI UYGULAMA VE DANISMANLIK LIMITEDSIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 133 225
Address
100 Yil Mahallesi Matbaacilar Sitesi 5
34204 Bagcilar Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Baris Cokcan (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 400
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Esther Rahma (Ms.)
ROBOTS IN ARCHITECTURE-VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG ERFORSCHENS AUSTAUSCHES &DER BILDUNG KULTURELLER & TECHNOLOGISCHER INNOVATIONEN IN KUNST
Austria
EU contribution
€ 2 400
Address
Gfrornergasse 6 15
1060 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Brell-Cokcan (Dr.)
LABOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 2 400
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Recine (Mr.)