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.
Demonstrator description (D1-D4)
- Demonstrator D1: Assembly with dual-arm industrial manipulator
- Demonstrator D2: Human-robot cooperation in wooden house production
- Demonstrator D3: Assembly with sensitive compliant robot arms
- Demonstrator D4: Welding robot assistant
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.
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.
Demonstrator description (D5-D8)
- Demonstrator D5: Cooperative dual-arm robot for structural steel
- Demonstrator D6: Hydraulic valve assembly using sensitive compliant lightweight robots
- Demonstrator D7: Aeronautic components assembly using flexible dual-arms
- Demonstrator D8: Robot-based pick and mount
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
- with the four industrial partners of the consortium COMAU S.p.A., GÜDEL AG, KUKA Laboratories GmbH and Reis GmbH & Co KG Maschinenfabrik.
- with four respective demonstration partners (end-users) Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikası A. Ş., Mivelaz Techniques Bois SA, KUKA Systems GmbH and Weber Stahl-Anarbeitungs-Service GmbH, who joined the Consortium in fall 2013.
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