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Commercial feasibility of an integrated soft robotic system for industrial handling

Commercial feasibility of an integrated soft robotic system for industrial handling

Objective

"Picking and placing objects that are orderly presented to a robot is a task that can be easily performed by current robots. However, grasping and manipulating objects randomly placed in an unstructured environment remains one of the hardest challenges for robots. Examples of complex picking industrial applications include (i) bin picking for part feeding, (ii) raw food handling and (iii) waste sorting for recycling. Within the ""SoftHandler"" ERC Proof of Concept project, we propose to develop new industrial-grade systems, comprised of end-effectors based on the ""SoftHands"" technology, integrated with a novel manipulator, for automated picking and placing of objects of heterogeneous dimension, shape, weight, position and strength. The Proof of Concept project will be focused on building a commercially viable prototype, and demonstrating it in real-world scenarios.

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Host institution

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Address

Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 71 750

Beneficiaries (2)

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FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 71 750

QBROBOTICS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 78 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 840446

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 150 000

Hosted by:

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy