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The European Robot Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing

The European Robot Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing

Objective

More than 219000 manufacturing SMEs in the EU are a crucial factor in Europe's competitiveness, wealth creation, quality of life and employment. Existing technologies have been developed for capital-intensive large-volume manufacturing, resulting in costly and complex systems which typically cannot be used in an SME context. Therefore, manufacturing SMEs are today caught in an automation trap: they must either opt for current and inappropriate automation solutions or compete on the basis of lowest wages.

The SMErobot initiative offers an escape out of the automation trap through:
- Technology development of SME robot systems adaptable to varying degrees of automation
- New business models creating options for financing and operating robot automation
- Empowering the supply chain of robot automation

The following radical innovations are the prime deliverables of the technical work packages:
1. The robot capable of understanding human-like instructions
2. The safe and productive human-aware space-sharing robot
3. The three-day-deployable integrated robot system

The unique composition of the consortium, including six major European robot manufacturers, leading research institutes and universities enables standardization activities for maximum European impact on worldwide standards. SMEs and society benefit from the combined integration of knowledge from component manufacturers to end users, from multidisciplinary activities from mechatronics to business/financing models and from fundamental technical research to SME applications. Management includes dedicated support for SME integration. SMErobot will lead to affordable, dependable and versatile robots with significantly reduced robot setup, changeover and instruction times, which can be used for side-by-side assistance of workers at traditionally manual workplaces. European SMEs will be able to buy/lease, implement and operate these systems to their competitive advantage.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27 C
Muenchen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Martin HAEGELE (Mr)

Participants (17)

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ABB AB

Sweden

ABB AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

ASSOCIAÇÃO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DO DEPARTAMENTO DE FÍSICA - UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA

Portugal

CASTINGS TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

United Kingdom

COMAU S.P.A.

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.

Germany

GESELLSCHAFT FUER PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME GMBH

Germany

GUEDEL AG

Switzerland

KUKA ROBOTER GMBH

Germany

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

PRO SUPPORT B.V.

Netherlands

PROSPEKTIV - GESELLSCHAFT FUER BETRIEBLICHE ZUKUNFTSGESTALTUNGEN MBH

Germany

REIS GMBH & CO KG MASCHINENFABRIK

Germany

RINAS APS

Denmark

SMEEIG EESV

Netherlands

VISUAL COMPONENTS OY

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11838

  • Start date

    1 March 2005

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 25 554 274

  • EU contribution

    € 14 999 937

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany