The Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Engineering and Automation develops solutions for organisational and technological functions in the production sector of industrial companies. With more than 250 researchers Fraunhofer IPA is one of the largest research institutes within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and it belongs to the leading research institutes in the field of robotics and automation.
COMAU is a global supplier of industrial automation systems for the automotive manufacturing sector and a global provider of full maintenance services. To the “automotive” customers worldwide, COMAU offers its capacity as “System Integrator” and its complete engineering solutions, from product development to the realisation of industrial process automation systems.
DLR is the Aerospace Research Center as well as the German Space Agency. The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics located in Oberpfaffenhofen and Berlin currently employs over 250 engineers and scientists. It is one of the biggest and most acknowledged Institutes in the field worldwide.
The Danish Technological Institute occupies a crucial position at the point where research, business, and the community converge. The institute’s mission is to promote growth by improving interaction and encourage synergy between these three areas. The institute’s main activities in robotics are located in Odense (Centre for Robot Technology), where the institute has established a close and strategic relation with University of Southern Denmark.
GPS Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme GmbH was founded in 1999 as a spin-off by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation, Fraunhofer IPA, in Stuttgart. The mission of GPS is to become an incubator and market place for rapid technology transfer in the area of industrial automation and robotics, and in service robotics in particular.
Güdel AG is headquarters of the family owned Güdel Group AG which has continuously been growing over the last 5 decades and which today is a global player and leader in manufacturing of components, modules / assemblies and integrated systems for linear technology based robots and automation solutions.
KUKA Roboter GmbH (KUKA) is a member of KUKA Aktiengesellschaft (Augsburg) and is the market leader in Germany and Europe and the number two industrial robot supplier in the world. It grew out of the company Keller und Knappich (KUKA), which was founded in 1898. The KUKA Robot Group has a close relation to both automotive customers and system integrators as full solution providers, yet the share of innovative non-automotive applications is increasing steadily. KUKA Roboter has significant experience in advanced robotics topics dealing with lightweight robots, mobile manipulation and medical robotics.
The main business of Reis Robotics, founded in 1957, is the development and production of industrial robots and robotised automation systems. Reis standard robot units cover a wide variety of kinematic configurations and payloads. Typical applications include: welding, cutting, machining, assembling and part handling.
The research and transfer institute for software and systems fortiss is a non-profit research and development organisation at the Technische Universität München (TUM) founded in 2009. fortiss specialises in informatics and robotics research, and it supports the bidirectional exchange of knowledge between TUM and local industry.
With eight faculties and many research centres and specialised schools, Lund University is the largest institution for research and higher education in Sweden. The relevant expertise of the involved departments (Department of Automatic Control, Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics) is in nonlinear control, hybrid control, system identification, iterative learning control, and practical implementations of these techniques in industrial systems.
The Technical University of Chemnitz is ranked within the top ten Technical Universities in Germany with more than 10,000 students. The focus of the University lies in the main technical fields like mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. The department of electrical engineering and information technology hosts 18 Chairs. The Chair of Robotics and Man-Machine-Interaction is within this department. The research focus on robotics in particular on force feedback-controlled robots, motion and assembly planning. Robot programming with efficient and suitable new technologies is also of main interest. The chair was found in 2000 and is known for force-controlled algorithms in the assembly context.
TOFAS is one of the leading automotive OEMs in Turkey. It was established in 1968 and started production in 1971. Several car models are produced in TOFAS and about 60% of them are for the export market. TOFAS R&D Department was set up in 1994 and is now one of the largest R&D centres in Turkish automotive industry.
Mivelaz has an annual output of more than 200 ready-to-assembly wood constructions, from simple to complicated roof constructions, from porches and halls to variations of prefabricated wooden houses (Standard, low energy or passive houses). Mivelaz offers different services for carpenters from project planning to delivery logistics.
KUKA Systems GmbH is a member of KUKA Aktiengesellschaft (Augsburg) and is one of the world's leading providers of engineering services and manufacturers of flexible automatic production systems. Most recently a group within KUKA Systems GmbH was formed that deals with new assembly technologies based on the KUKA lightweight robot. The group’s aim is to seek new end-users and develop innovative application solutions in areas and branches where automation is not possible today.
Weber Stahl-Anarbeitungs-Service GmbH is an internationally operating company in metal processing and metal treatment and has more than 25 years of experience as successful partner of renowned manufacturers in the commercial vehicle industry. Predominately, Weber is specialised in the processing of high-tensile and wear-resistant special steel material and is a full-service provider and supplier throughout the complete metal working sector.
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INESC TEC is an Associated Laboratory coordinated by INESC Porto, a private non-profit institution having as associates the University of Porto, INESC and the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. The activity at INESC TEC runs under the paradigm of the knowledge to value production chain: Knowledge and results generated at basic research are typically injected in technology transfer projects and therefore they receive added social relevance. The existence of an Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit assures the effectiveness of this model. Member of euRobotics aisbl.
At SARKKS Robotics, the focus is on development of advanced robotics software applications espacially off-line programming software, human-robot 2D/3D interfaces, path planning & machine control for plasma cutting robotic work-cells and machine vision applications.
NORFERSTEEL – Construções e metalomecânica, S.A. business has been established in the metal manufacturing sector since 1987 and we left our mark in a constantly expanding market that knows no borders. These works of reference bear the Norfer brand and embody our competence, ability and competitiveness. Day after day, they make us specialists, creative artists and entrepreneurs, constantly focused on the diversification of products and solutions with an unequivocal assurance of quality.
Brandenburg University of Technology is the only technical university in the federal state of Brandenburg, Germany, with 10.000 students distributed over 8 faculties. In SMErobotics the Chair of Automation Technology from the Faculty of Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial Engineering is involved. Research focus of the Chair of Automation technology is industrial robotics, process automation and distributed manufacturing systems.
Bucher Hydraulics S.p.A. of Reggio Emilia was founded in 1958 becoming one of the most important Italian companies in the hydraulic power field. Bucher Hydraulics is a leading precision hydraulic components manufacturer and end-user of industrial robotics technology. Due to the variations and the usual lot sizes of their products, the methods of manufacturing are similar to the ones found at SMEs. Robotics solutions for the problems encountered in the hydraulic valve manufacturing at Bucher Hydraulics are transferable to similar processes at smaller companies for which the research and development costs could be a huge impediment.
DCS is a technology transfer centre for industrial automation with approx. 25 employees. DCS cooperates together with over 1,100 companies, mainly from the Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy, most of them being SMEs. It has been established in 1993 on the initiative of many entities interested in the promotion of the regional industrial economy. DCS is an ideal multiplier to spread the project results to SMEs and make a large number of companies aware of the enhanced possibilities of industrial robotics developed within SMErobotics. DCS has more than 15 years of experience in European Projects.
TEKNIKER is a private non-profit research organization founded in 1981 with more than 250 researchers. As a technological centre, one of its key objectives is technology transfer; as a consequence 50% of its work is directly contracted by industry. TEKNIKER is an active promoter of technology based industrial initiatives and has a close bond with local industrial associations. It is member of various technology platforms and industrial initiatives (EFFRA, euRobotics aisbl among others) aimed at promoting both robotics and manufacturing excellence. The research group involved in the Demonstrator is the Smart and Autonomous System Unit.
DMP is an SME founded in 1999 and is part of EGILE CORPORATION XXI, a corporative society involved in new business promotion and development. DMP has main competences in high precision machining and is specialized in critical products developed for aeronautical industry even though its clients also do business in science industry, like CERN, or in defence. Engineering department in DMP is formed by thirty qualified people with vast experience in aeronautical developments and a powerful document management system to warranty the product quality and the demanding requirements of these industries.
BILA A/S is a professional project company providing assistance in production optimisation by means of automation solutions, usually by industrial robots. The solutions cover everything, from simple automation to optimisation of full production lines. BILA is a full-line service provider with consulting, design, development, implementation, and subsequent service of robotic facilities.