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Highly customizable robotic solutions for effective and safe human robot collaboration in manufacturing applications

Highly customizable robotic solutions for effective and safe human robot collaboration in manufacturing applications

Objective

Industrial robots have demonstrated their capacity to answer the needs of many industrial applications, offering a high degree of dexterity, accuracy and efficiency.
However, when the application requires the collaboration between the robot and the worker, including workspace sharing, it is not feasible to use standard industrial robots due to safety being compromised
Recently, new robotic products have appeared on the marked claiming to be safe when used in the vicinity of humans, offering the possibility to control the force exerted in case of collision. However they lack the flexibility (in terms of possible physical configurations) or are very expensive.
Furthermore, even these robots are offered as isolated products without rich perception capabilities or adequate responsive behaviours that have to be developed by the system integrators for any new manufacturing process.
FourByThree proposes the development of a new generation of modular industrial robotic solutions that are suitable for efficient task execution in collaboration with humans in a safe way and are easy to use and program by the factory worker.
Consortium partners in this proposal have already achieved relevant results in different technologies that are fundamental to solving the outlined problem of automating the factory floor by means of modular robots, collaborating with human workers. The approach is to adapt those results, make them more reliable and integrate them in order to achieve the final goal of the project.
The acronym of the proposal refers to the two main foci of the proposal: the FOUR main characteristics of FourByThree (Modularity, Safety, Usability, Efficiency) and the THREE main actors (Humans, Robots, Environment) in the manufacturing scenarios.
The proposal outlines a Business Model and a Business Plan that will be further elaborated through the project.
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FUNDACION TEKNIKER

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Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 001 240

Participants (16)

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DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 922 770

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 504 420

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 744 785

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 295 735

ZENTRUM FÜR MECHATRONIK UND AUTOMATISIERUNGSTECHNIK GEMEINNÜTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 684 582,50

Deltatron Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 265 125

PILZ INDUSTRIEELEKTRONIK SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 227 272,50

ANTPROJECT TVIP SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 436,25

INGENIERIA Y SERVICIOS DE AUTOMATIZACION Y ROBOTICA KOMAT SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 158 786,25

EFS- GESELLSCHAFT FÜR HEBE- UND HANDHABUNGSTECHNIK MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 682

PREMIUM AEROTEC GmbH

Germany

ALFA PRECISION CASTING SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 174 818

WOLL MASCHINENBAU GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 134 275,75

STICHTING STODT PRAKTIJKCENTRUM VOOR GEAVANCEERDE TECHNOLOGIE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 554 322,50

GROUND TRUTH ROBOTICS GMBH

Germany

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 342 266,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 637095

  • Start date

    1 December 2014

  • End date

    30 November 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 859 721,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 305 517

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TEKNIKER

Spain

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