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Super flexible robot system

To increase productivity and cost-efficiency with flexible robots that meet industry requirements for shortening set up times in production.

PROJECT OVERVIEW Introduction Increasing requirements for productivity and working environments increases the need for industrial robots in industry. This is especially important in heavy physical work where sickness absence and recruiting problems are often the most limiting factors on productivity and quality parameter variations. Today, industrial robots represent the best solution, combining the need for both productivity and flexibility. These characteristics also make it suitable for small series production. Nevertheless, the industrial robots are still used mainly for fixed type products, and there is still a need for even more flexible robots to satisfy industrial requirements for shortening set up times in production and for technological accuracy parameter values. Achieving a flexible system refers not only to the industrial robot and the imported equipment and flexible systems that establish a relationship between the robot and the system's element-grippers, but also to working devices, compliance devices and software which among other things must be flexible. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the highly flexible robot systems are designed for a single application (including gripping and various RI operated working devices inside different technological processes). The use of modularisation techniques from modern approaches for product development, is therefore supposed to result in both optimised constructive solutions and lower costs. This will even release the re-use of technological solutions, reducing the amount of error fixing and ensuring that the robot system is rapidly operational. From the industrial point of view, robots can be introduced to new areas for small series production. This project is focusing on the following areas: - Modularised concepts for robot cells. - Modularisation of grippers, working devices and other equipment related to the robot. - Standardisation of interfaces between the different kinds of equipment. - Rapid and intuitive programming of the robot. - Sensor systems for enhancing the flexibility of the robot. The project will be run through the cooperation of two R & D partners with complementary skills. The prototypes being developed will be tested in industry. Keywords: robotics, grippers, programming.
Acronym: 
SUPERFLEXROBOT
Project ID: 
3 168
Start date: 
01-12-2004
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
720 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Market Area: 
Robotics

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.