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Collaborative Robotics for Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing

Objective

Manufacturing competitiveness depends largely on its productivity, flexibility and agility to react to market demands. Robots are a key element to achieve such competitiveness, especially if they are able to collaborate with humans in a shared workspace in the shop-floor, creating a co-working partnership. The paradigm for robot usage has changed from an idea in which robots work with complete autonomy to a scenario in which robots collaborate with humans. This means taking the best of each partner, human and robot, by exploring the cognitive and dexterity capabilities of humans (focus on value-added tasks) and the capacity of robots to produce repetitive work and provide assistance. ColRobot combines cutting-edge European robot technology and end-user requirements for assembly processes to create an integrated system for collaborative robotics in which a mobile manipulator acts as a “third hand” by delivering kits, tools, parts, and holding work pieces while the operator works on it. Humans will cognitively and physically interact with ColRobot robots using gestures, touch commands and demonstrations. The robot will be able to navigate autonomously in the factory floor to pick up the required parts and tools, and prepare kits for assembly. A safety system that pushes the limits of standardization in collaborative robotics supervises the process. The technology readiness level (TRL) will be increased by means of continuous iterative real world testing (performance, usability, relevance in manufacturing), validation and improvement. Two use cases in automobile and aerospace industry will be implemented and validated in real world operational environments. The ColRobot vision and the consortium competences in technology transfer will allow to reduce the technological innovation gap that halts the transition from science to economic and social impact.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS
Address
Boulevard De L Hopital 151
75013 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 650 000

Participants (10)

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 398 922,50
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 297 000
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 622 203,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 382 000
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Activity type
Research Organisations
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 399 000
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNAID SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 219 478,88
Address
Calle Doctor Esquerdo 39
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE D'INNOVATION DES TECHNOLOGIES SANS CONTACT-EURARFID (CITC-EURARFID) ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 176 222,50
Address
Avenue De La Bretagne 165
59000 Lille
Activity type
Research Organisations
AKEO PLUS
France
EU contribution
€ 326 663,75
Address
769 Rue De L'outarde Za En Beauvoir
01500 Chateau Gaillard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RENAULT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 245 703,50
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 197 298,50
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)