Two new EU Projects at RVMI

We have two new EU projects starting up in Fall 2013!

STAMINA: a FP7 project within the cognitive systems call. We are coordinators for this project.

Partners are

  • Aalborg University Copenhagen (Coordinator)
  • PSA Peugeot Citroën
  • BA Systèmes
  • University of Freiburg
  • University of Bonn
  • Inesc Porto – Instituto de Engenharia di sistemas e computadores do Porto
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The overall budget is 4.5mio€.

Abstract: Part handling during the assembly stages in the automotive industry is the only task with automation levels below 30% due to the variability of the production and to the diversity of suppliers and parts. The full automation of such task will not only have a huge impact in the automotive industry but will also act as a cornerstone in the development of advanced mobile robotic manipulators capable of dealing with unstructured environments, thus opening new possibilities in general for manufacturing SME’s. The STAMINA project will use a holistic approach by partnering with experts in each necessary key fields, thus building on previous R&D to develop an autonomous and mobile industrial robot with different sensory, planning and physical capabilities that can be part of a fleet of robots and which can solve three logistic and handling tasks: De-palletizing, Bin-Picking and Kitting. The robot and orchestration systems will be developed in a lean manner using an iterative series of development and validation testes that will not only assess the performance and usability of the system but also allow goal-driven research. STAMINA will give special attention to the system integration promoting and assessing the development of a sustainable and scalable robotic system to ensure a clear path for the future exploitation of the developed technologies. In addition to the technological outcome, STAMINA will allow to give an impression on how a sharing of work and workspace between humans and robots could look in the future.

CARLOS: a FP7 project, Research for SMEs

Partners are

  • Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste (Coordinator) (ES)
  • Aalborg University Copenhagen (Dk)
  • INESC PORTO – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores (PT)
  • Robotnik Automation SLL (ES)
  • C.A.T. Progetti srl (IT)
  • Deltamatic, S.A. (PT)
  • Atein Naval, S.A. (ES)
  • Astilleros José Valiña (ES)

Abstract: The CARLoS project aims to apply recent advances in cooperative mobile robotics to a representative industrial scenario in shipyards. CARLoS robot will be built using off-the-shelf technology under a modular approach. The prototype will be demonstrated as a robot co-worker for fit-out operations inside blocks of ship superstructures. Most of technology for developing such a robot exists, but there is not yet a solution on the market with capabilities that meet the special requirements of shipyards. The CARLoS project will contribute to strength the technological level and market position of:
-European SMEs that develop, supply, and integrate mechatronic, sensing, and electronic technologies for industrial applications.
-European SMEs providing fit-out services to shipyards and to industrial and civil construction.
The main features of CARLoS robot are:
• high mobility inside ship blocks
• semi-autonomous decision-making on the work to do
• autonomous stud welding capability
• autonomous pre-outfitting marking capability
• easily controlled by a shipyard worker
The working plan has been designed to develop a full robot for stud welding and marking. The project is divided in 7 WP including RTD, dissemination and management tasks, comprising:
• Development of a mobile navigation system for shipyard blocks
• Development of a sensing and control system for full automation of marking and stud welding
• Development of a skilled human-robot interaction system suited to the tasks at hand
• Continuous integration towards a final prototype
• Demonstration and validation of the system in real-world conditions
CARLoS will yield:
• Higher flexibility, productivity, and reliability
• Increase of the market share for the end users
• Improved outfitting competitiveness
• New market for high-tech products in which Europe stands out (e.g. mechatronics, machine vision, embedded processing)


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