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Intelligent exoskeleton based on human-robot interaction for manipulation of heavy goods in Europe’s factories of the future

Objective

Workplace injuries cost European societies up to 4% of GNP. Over 25% of Europeans experience back injury due to work. Robots are traditionally inflexible to use for many manual handling tasks. The world robotics market is set to double to $66Bn pa in the next 15 years. Europe could corner the industrial collaborative human-robotic part of that market (currently Asia). The goal of Robo-Mate is to apply an industry focus in developing a user-friendly intelligent cooperative light weight wearable human-robotic exoskeleton for manual handling work. It will be deployable within half a day and will not require task specific programming. Robo-Mate will be highly flexible and used directly in craft or mass production or in auxiliary processes. Robo-Mate uses an iterative innovation process where design specifications are driven by industry requirements with a “needs pull” rather than a “technology push” approach. In use workers will “pilot” the device. Direct physical interaction using haptic technologies will be combined with perception enhancement using cognitive science programming paradigms to drive the exoskeleton. Pilot implementation of Robo-Mate will take on two forms: The first will focus on manual handling in automobile manufacturing at CRF/Fiat and by the automotive supplier COMPA, the second will focus on heavy manipulation tasks during end-of-life dismantling and maintenance at INDRA. GUEDEL will verify the Robo-Mate design for assembly issues.
The Robo-Mate consortium comprises 12 partners from 7 countries, including end-users from the automotive and dismantling industries, industrial robotics/technology developers, a robotics integrator and ergonomics research groups.
Benefits of Robo-Mate will be realised at European level through a stronger industrial robotics industry, at societal level through increased employment, at company level with increased productivity, and at citizen level with reduced back injuries. Results will be used in standards benchmarking.

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 955 000
Administrative Contact
Michael Bischofberger (Mr.)

Participants (11)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 530 645
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)
INDRA SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 197 950
Address
Avenue Condorcet 80 Immeuble Gazelle Zac Du Parc Technologique Business Airport
38090 Vaulx Milieu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Gaudeau (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 365 300
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simona Ventriglia (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 377 492
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fenneke Poot (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 478 077
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Hammersley (Ms.)
MRK - SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 322 260
Address
Staetzlinger Strasse 70
86165 Augsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Heiligensetzer (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 424
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
COMPA SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 183 025
Address
Henri Coanda 8
550234 Sibiu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Octavian Suciu (Dr.)
ROPARDO SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 119 600
Address
Str Reconstructiei 2A
550129 Sibiu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ciprian Candea (Mr.)
ACCELOPMENT SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 286 200
Address
Seefeldstrasse 198
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Fahlbusch (Dr.)
GUDEL AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 264 000
Address
Gaswerkstrasse 26
4900 Langenthal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Marti