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Safe human-robot interaction in logistic applications for highly flexible warehouses

Objective

The European market for e-commerce is growing rapidly, with more than 16% just in the year 2014. With the internationalization of distribution chains, the key for success lies within efficient logistics. In such facilities, goods for the end-user or products in the B2B sector are stored, commissioned and shipped. To manage the supply chains, many new warehouses have been erected and more will follow. With the growing markets, the need for larger warehouses and their automation increases. To advance the position of the European trade sector, technical restrictions on the size of warehouses should be avoided and new automation paradigm should be implemented to ensure their efficient operation. Therefore the European robotic and automation companies should be able to provide appropriate solutions, making scalable systems and scalable software mandatory. Current automation solutions based on strict separation of humans and robots cannot provide such efficient operation of large warehouses. SafeLog aims to overcome this issue by enabling much more efficient warehouse concepts joining human and robot workforce. Given that, the overall objective of SafeLog is the conception and implementation of a large-scale flexible warehouse system which enables safe and efficient collaboration of humans and robots in the same area and at the same time.

On the way to reach this objective SaveLog will develop, integrate and test: (1) a holistic and certifiable safety concept based on the safety vest, which allows the collaboration of robots and humans in a flexible warehouse system, (2) planning and scheduling algorithms for a heterogeneous fleet manager, which allow the adhoc reactive planning and scheduling for human and robot workforce in a flexible warehouse system, and (3) augmented reality based interaction strategies to support workers in a robotized warehouse system with information about their current task and environment.

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Net EU contribution
€ 979 375,00
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

SWISSLOG AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 950 000,00
Address
Junkerstrasse 5
82178 Puchheim

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern Fürstenfeldbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 708 750,00
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha

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Region
Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE I RACUNARSTVA
Croatia
Net EU contribution
€ 565 250,00
Address
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb

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Region
Hrvatska Grad Zagreb Grad Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 913 937,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KONCAR INSTITUT ZA ELEKTROTEHNIKU D.O.O.
Croatia
Net EU contribution
€ 501 150,00
Address
Fallerovo Setaliste 22
10000 Zagreb

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Region
Hrvatska Grad Zagreb Grad Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00