Testbeds and experiments will be tied to SMErobotics’ research and technical development (RTD) practice for experimental validation, optimisation and packaging of results for technology transfer to demonstrations.

Core demonstrators

Ceiling-mounted dual-arm manipulator in demostrator D1
D1: Assembly with dual-arm industrial manipulator
Guiding KUKA light-weight robot arm by hand in demonstrator D3
D3: Assembly with sensitive compliant robot arms
Large gantry robot at shop floor for wooden house production
D2: Human-robot cooperation in wooden house production
robot arm with long welding gun working on large pice of metal
D4: Welding robot assistant

Four core demonstrators will showcase the take-up, integration and evaluation of methods, components, and tools worked out in the RTD work packages (WPs). These demonstrations are aimed at creating reference implementations of robotic work cells in diverse applications which have not been economically and technically feasible before, under realistic SME manufacturing conditions. Attractive reference applications, accompanied by effective dissemination strategies, will give an impetus to a wide community of system integrators and end-users, but the project will aim even higher by implementing demonstrator diversification and outreach strategies.

Demonstrator Videos

The SMErobotics Consortium has produced a video for each of four Demonstrators to showcase the workflow of a robotic cell in a real-world SME-environment.

  • Demonstrator D1: Assembly with dual-arm industrial manipulators Video
  • Demonstrator D2: Human-robot cooperation in wooden house production Video
  • Demonstrator D3: Assembly with sensitive compliant robot arms Video
  • Demonstrator D4: Welding robot assistant Video

Supplemental demonstrators

D5: Cooperative dual-arm robot for structural steel
D7: Aeronautic components assembly using flexible dual-arms
D6: Hydraulic valve assembly using sensitive compliant lightweight robots
D8: Robot-based pick and mount

The four SMErobotics core demonstrations will be complemented by four supplemental demonstrations that have not so far been technically and economically feasible but are expected to become so as a result of industrial robot systems that draw from the project’s results in cognitive robotics technologies (hardware or software components).

Four teams of system integrators and end-users have been selected and invited into the Consortium during year two of the project. These pilot users will be provided with the means to benefit from the project’s RTD-results and resources in developing, implementing and assessing demonstrations within the SMErobotics diversification and outreach initiative.

Associated industrial partners

SMErobotics provides methods and procedures for the evaluation and quantitative assessment of complete industrial robotic applications integrating cognitive aspects, and performs these evaluations and assessments in an iterative manner throughout the project. Four scientifically and technically challenging demonstrators (D1 to D4) based on industry-grade equipment integrate major parts of the SMErobotics research work, thereby scientifically contributing experimental verification.

Demonstrators D1 – D4 are directly associated

Another four scientifically and technically challenging demonstrators (D5 - D8) aim to demonstrate robotic systems in real-world SME-environments.

Demonstrators D5 – D8 are directly associated