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Plug-and-produce COmponents and METhods for adaptive control of industrial robots enabling cost effective, high precision manufacturing in factories of the future

Objective

Yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s challenging and dynamic economic environment forces European high-end manufacturing industry to focus on high flexibility, high quality, reliability and low life-cycle costs and to respond quickly to changes in this environment. The high-end manufacturing industry requests production systems that can quickly switch between diverse machining operations with short changeover, programming and set-up times without compromising quality, reliability or life-cycle costs. From a conceptual point of view, industrial robot technology could provide an excellent base for machining being both flexible (due to their lay-out) and cost efficient (robots cost 2-5 times less then machine tools). However, industrial robots lack absolute positioning accuracy (1), are unable to react in real time to changing process conditions (2) and lack reliable programming and simulation tools to ensure first time right machining once production commences (3). These three critical limitations prevent industrial robots from being integrated in high-end machining processes. The COMET consortium will provide a revolutionary Plug-and-Produce solution enabling the use of industrial robots for high end machining processes, appreciating the needs from the manufacturing industry for cost effective, flexible and reliable manufacturing solutions. The proposed solution will be on the average 30% more cost effective than dedicated machine tools whilst delivering absolute positional accuracy of at least 50 µm. Due to the sense of urgency in Europe’s manufacturing industry the COMET consortium defined an ambitious work plan of only 30 months to develop and demonstrate the innovations planned and meet the objectives set. These ambitious goals and the planned dissemination and training activities encourage a quick uptake by the manufacturing industry. Over a 5 years period, the estimated impact is 45M€ to 50M€ justifying the investment from the EC and the COMET partnership.
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Coordinator

DELCAM LTD

Address

Talbot Way, Small Heath Business Park
B10 Ohj Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 166 788,50

Administrative Contact

Jan Willem Gunnink (Mr.)

Participants (16)

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ARTIS GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANGEWANDTE MESSTECHNIK MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 335 979,50

DEMOCENTER -SIPE CENTRO SERVIZI PERL'INNOVAZIONE E IL TRASFERIMENTO TECNOLOGICO SCRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 335 155,97

NIKON METROLOGY NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 503 229,29

BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 306 370,28

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 634 749,05

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (SHEFFIELD)LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 195 311,32

TEKS SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 186 073,97

SIR SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 364 672,65

FONDAZIONE DEMOCENTER-SIPE

Italy

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 388 186,33

STAMATIS GIZELIS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 17 192,34

N.BAZIGOS ABEE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 92 884,45

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 415 666,30

NISAFORM SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 139 042,75

MARPOSS MONITORING SOLUTIONS GMBH

Germany

DEBBACHE-LAGIOS EE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 218 697,30

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 258769

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2013

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 725 814,37

  • EU contribution

    € 5 300 000

Coordinated by:

DELCAM LTD

United Kingdom