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Mobile dual arm robotic workers with embedded cognition for hybrid and dynamically reconfigurable manufacturing systems

Objective

The productivity of the serial production model is compromised by the need to perform changes in the production equipment that cannot support multiple operations in dynamic environments. Low cost labour is no longer an option for EU manufacturers due to the fast rise of wages and the increasing costs of energy and logistics. Manual tasks cannot be fully automated with a good ratio of cost vs robustness using standard robots due to: high product variability, dedicated process equipment and high cost of maintenance by expert users. The answer to this challenge lays in the creation of production concepts that base their operation on the autonomy and collaboration between production resources.
The vision of THOMAS is: “to create a dynamically reconfigurable shopfloor utilizing autonomous, mobile dual arm robots that are able to perceive their environment and through reasoning, cooperate with each other and with other production resources including human operators”.
The objective of THOMAS are to:
- Enable mobility on products and resources. Introducing mobile robots able to navigate in the shopfloor and utilize dexterous tooling to perform multiple operations.
- Enabling perception of the task and the environment using a) the individual resource’s and b) collaborative perception by combining sensors of multiple resources
- Dynamic balancing of workload. Allowing the resources to communicate over a common network and automatically adjust their behaviour by sharing or reallocating tasks dynamically.
- Fast programming and automatic execution of new tasks by a) automatically generating the robot program for new products and b) applying skills over the perceived environment to determine required adaptations
- Safe human robot collaboration, eliminating physical barriers, by introducing cognitive abilities that allow the detection of humans and their intentions
THOMAS will demonstrate and validate its developments in the automotive and the aeronautics industrial sectors.

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2016
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Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 038 750

Participants (7)

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 386 225
Address
2/10 Boulevard De L'europe
78300 Poissy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SICK AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 747 600
Address
Erwin Sick Strasse 1
79183 Waldkirch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 873 725
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROBOCEPTION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 875
Address
Kaflerstrasse 2
81241 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DGH ROBOTICA, AUTOMATIZACION Y MANTENIMIENTO INDUSTRIAL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 447 212,50
Address
Calle Jeronimo Munoz 9
47151 Boecillo (Valladolid)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aernnova Aerospace S.A.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 187,50
Address
Leonardo Da Vinci Parque Tecnologico De Alava 13
01510 Miñano (Alava)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 468 125
Address
Rue Nicolas Bove 2B
1253 Luxembourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)