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Flexible, safe and dependable robotic part handling in industrial environments

Objective

Pick and place are basic operations in most robotic applications, whether in industrial setups (e.g. machine tending,
assembling or bin picking) or in a service robotic domain (e.g. agriculture or at home). In some structured scenarios and
with certain types of parts, picking and placing is a mature process. However, that is not the case when it comes to
manipulating parts with high variability or in less structured environments.
Handling systems are present in any logistics system to interface between the storage and the transportation systems. For
non-structured scenarios, picking, packing and unpacking systems do exist at laboratory level. However, they have not
reached the market yet due to factors like the lack of efficiency, robustness and flexibility of currently available manipulation
and perception technologies.
The market demands systems that allow for a reduction of costs in the supply chain, increasing the competitiveness for
manufacturers and bringing a cost reduction for consumers. Handling systems represent the highest impact in the short-tomidterm
in warehouse-based systems (mainly at order picking and distribution centres) and in intra-logistics operations in
factories and retail.
The technology gap is the lack of flexible solutions that can handle objects of variable size, shape and weight as well as
different surface properties and stiffness.
PICKPLACE proposes combining human and robot capabilities to achieve a safe, flexible, dependable and efficient hybrid
pick-and-package (PAK) solution. It includes dynamic package configuration planning, flexible grasping strategies using an
innovative multifunctional gripper, robust environment perception and mechanisms and strategies for safe human-robot
collaboration.
These scientific and industrial objectives are motivated by the real requirements demanded by the industry, represented in
this proposal by ULMA, System Provider, who will facilitate a realistic and relevant scenario for the validation

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-ICT-2017-1

Coordinator

ULMA MANUTENCION S. COOP.
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€ 448 043,75
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Garagaltza Auzoa 50
20560 Onati
Spain

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Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 192 018,75

Participants (5)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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€ 362 500,00
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 526 102,50
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Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
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€ 945 370,82
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa

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Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 27 235,56
MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA
Spain
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€ 234 183,25
Address
Poligono Industrial Bainetxe 5A
20550 Aretxabaleta

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Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 100 364,25
TOFAS TURK OTOMOBIL FABRIKASI ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
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€ 184 356,06
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Buyukdere Cad Tofas Han 145 Kat 4-5 Zincirlikuyu
34394 Sisli Istanbul

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İstanbul İstanbul İstanbul
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 79 009,74