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Parallel Cable Robotics for Improving Maintenance and Logistics of Large-Scale Products

Objective

The CableBOT project deals with a novel methodology for designing, developing and evaluating cable robots customised for the automation in large-scale auxiliary processes. Parallel cable robots extend the payloads and workspace of conventional industrial robots by more than two orders of magnitude.
The main objective is to develop a new generation of modular and reconfigurable robots able to perform many different steps in the post-production of large-scale structures. Three key technologies will be developed:
a) Design of Cable Robot: Software tools to design the layout and geometry of cable robots,
b) Industrial Process Planning: Simulation of cable robots to verify the operation of cable robots in environments with large-scale structures
c) Control Algorithms and Systems: Distributed control and kinematic transformation to operate modular cable robots.
Two application examples are targeted in close cooperation to industry: aeronautical applications of maintenance and the handling of construction beams. In both cases existing automation can hardly be used due to manoeuvrability of heavy and big parts and the risk associated. The results are feasible for many other fields including large-workspace movements of products, with impact in logistics, transport, and warehousing.
The exploitation and commercialization of CableBOT are driven by VICINAY CEMVISA, the application of industrial scenarios, two end-users of different sectors - EADS and ACCIONA - will automate their currently manual post-production. TECNALIA provides the technology for simulation in terms of productivity, cost, safety and robustness, whereas the design of the robots is in charge of LIRMM and INRIA. IPA and UDE are in charge of the control algorithms, on distributed and force control of redundant systems.
Benefits include an increase of production efficiency, a wider range of products, light and reconfigurable structure mechanisms and adaptable and more flexible operator assistance systems

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 570 560
Administrative Contact
Mariola Rodriguez (Ms.)

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 434 100
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 520 444
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 731
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Kramm (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 479 332
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédérique Lavirotte (Ms.)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 205 274
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julie Fosse (Ms.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 356 600
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
CEMVI CATENA ELEVACION MANUTENCION VICINAY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 958
Address
Calle Carniceria
48210 Otxandio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Héctor Barahona (Mr.)