Lean equipment for rapid changeover (by the worker)
The typical tasks of a setup procedure for a robotic system include building up the hardware, doing the programming and defining all the parameters. Many tasks have to be performed repeatedly for each specific robotic system (such as calibration), because there are no methods or representations that enable reuse. Furthermore, because much time and effort is spent on unplanned tasks (such as error search and diagnostics at a system level), this can be very time- and cost-intensive.
Efficient programming and semantic process descriptions for rapid changeover
Assistive robot for riveting operations with lean equipment
Inspired by SME robotics, Fraunhofer IPA further developed the technology for easy, rapid changes in manufacturing processes with robots.
The efforts lead to the “drag&bot” spin-off, a software for flexible, hardware-independent use of industrial robots by manufacturing SMEs.