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Collaborative Robotics for Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing

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.
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Coordinator

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS

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Boulevard De L Hopital 151
75013 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 650 000

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 398 922,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 297 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 622 203,75

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 382 000

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 399 000

TECHNAID SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 219 478,88

CENTRE D'INNOVATION DES TECHNOLOGIES SANS CONTACT-EURARFID (CITC-EURARFID) ASSOCIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 176 222,50

AKEO PLUS

France

EU Contribution

€ 326 663,75

RENAULT SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 245 703,50

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 197 298,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 688807

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 338 412,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 914 493,38

Coordinated by:

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS

France

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