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.

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.

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

SMErobotics will provide methods and procedures for the evaluation and quantitative assessment of complete industrial robotic applications integrating cognitive aspects, and will perform 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 will integrate major parts of the SMErobotics research work, thereby scientifically contributing experimental verification.