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RObot enhanced SenSing, INtelligence and actuation to Improve job quality in manufacturing

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ROSSINI (RObot enhanced SenSing, INtelligence and actuation to Improve job quality in manufacturing)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2019-09-30

The ROSSINI project aims to develop a disruptive, inherently safe hardware software platform for the design and deployment of human-robot collaboration (HRC) applications in manufacturing. By combining innovative sensors, actuation and control technologies (developed by world market leaders in their field), and integrating them in an open development environment, the ROSSINI platform will deliver a set of tools which enable the spread of HRC applications where robots and humans operators will become members of the same team, increasing job quality, production flexibility and productivity.
The main results and the work done in the first period of the project are described in the following part, ordered by the work packages:
• WP1 has been finished on due time. In WP1 we touched all the aspects related to Ethics as per the Grant Agreement
• WP2 and its deliverables were finished on time. The state of the arts analysis, the platform requirements and the use case design are the topics touched in the WP. These documents are the base for the project.
• WP3 tasks started during the first 12 months of the projects. Specifications has been defined and the design process for each sensor is started. Already the first tests have been performed.
• In WP4 a simulation environment has been build up. In this environment first prototypes of the semantic map could be tested. In the same environment planning algorithm for the dynamic motion planner were implemented and tested.
• In WP5 different solutions for the collaborative by birth robot arm were analyzed and the best solution were chosen. A test setup has been built and test are being carried out.
• In WP6 the “OEDC-based metrics” and the “Design tool for industrial human-robot collaboration” deliverables have been finished.
• In WP7 the development of a new model for transient contact has been started .
• Even if WP8 is not yet started, the Use Cases partners already started the activities aming at the deployment of the technology developed in the other WPs
• WP9 aims at defying all the aspects related to impact enhancement. The project website is now ready, and it is public available. The address is The project logo was created along with the project’s marketing material. The social media accounts of the projects were set up and monitored (LinkedIn and Twitter). The participation in events, focus groups and workshop is also tracked by this WP. The Data Management Plan was finished. The exploitation strategy was also defined.
• The tasks of the WP10 Project Coordination, Technical Project management and Risk and Quality management have been established in the project. For the management regular meetings of the Steering Committee and Technical Call have been organized and held since the beginning of the project. For the Risk Assessment a framework has been build up, and the risks of the project have been evaluated
The innovations of the ROSSINI project have been evaluated and summarized for the Horizon 2020 Innovation Radar. 13 Innovations beyond the state of the art have been identified. For example, in WP3 a very innovative new 3D safety camera system will be developed. Additionally, in WP3 the partners are working on a new innovative safety system for collaborative robots using multiple sensing technologies. All sensor developments are done to achieve a higher performance for smart and safe sensor system for human and robot detection & tracking and to reach the ROSSINI goal of a quicker safety sensor response time by 70% compared to the state of the art.
A novel, very innovative rated, safety control architecture for collaborative robotic cells will allow to treat safety as a constraint. Human factors are explicitly considered (WP4).
In WP5 an innovative, collaborative by birth robot manipulator, with the goal to increase the working speed by 45%, when collaborating with humans is under development.
Another aim of ROSSINI is to increase job quality by 15%. To achieve this goal, the measurement methods for job quality have been defined in WP6.
A new concept for the calculation of the transient contact is developed in WP7. This will have a direct impact on faster and safer HRC-Robots and HRC applications, than the state of the art.
To achieve the goals of the project a risk framework has been established.

ROSSINI project’s expected impacts primarily address the goals of the H2020-FoF-02-2018 call, which are listed below:
• Demonstrating the potential to bring back production to Europe
• 15% increase in OECD Job Quality Index through work environment and safety improvement
• 20% reduction in production reconfiguration time and cost
Project partners are working on the high performance HRC workcells that should trigger manufacturers’ investment in HRC technology, increasing European factories productivity and thus competitiveness versus low-cost manufacturers. The workcell should allow to redesign workplaces combining automation and lean manufacturing concept, with a drastic reduction of conversion cost, thus reducing the impact of labour cost in Europe. The adoption of the technology, the increase of productivity combined with the redesign of workplaces and the recruitment of highly skilled workers should make European factories more cost effective and this encourage companies to move their manufacturing closer to home and consolidate production. Work package 6 is fully dedicated to the development of the Human Layer of the Human Robot Collaborative platform. ROSSINI uses a three-level approach to develop OECD related metrics and evaluation tools: a Design Level, an Adaptive Level and a Communication Level. The project partners are actively working on that, focusing and addressing OECD’s Job Quality Index, the ergonomic factors, underlying Job Quality but not explicitly addressed in the OECD approach and other factors that are relevant in HRC, like trust and acceptance. The Work Package leaders are currently addressing the Design Layer consistently with the impact to be reached. Safety Aware Control Architecture, Human-Robot Mutual Understanding Framework, Integration and Validation Layer and Design tool for easy reconfiguration of the HRC workcell are the elements on which the partner are working that respond to rapid changes in production needs in a cost-effective way. The activities are being carried out consistently with the impact to be reached.