After a project runtime of four years, SMErobot will present its research results for future automation solutions aimed at small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses at a public workshop on May 7 and 8, 2009 at the Fraunhofer Institutszentrum in Stuttgart.
The new prototypes and applications respond to the needs of cost-effective, modular and interactive automation solutions by small and medium-sized enterprises. The focus of the first day will be on robotic technologies and components while the topics of the second day will be reports on experiences and pilot trials.
Automation makes a business competitive - this has long since been true also of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, for many SMEs, the standard commercially available solutions are often too inflexible, too big or too expensive. SMErobot now promises to give new impetus to the introduction of robot technology in small and medium-sized businesses: this EU project is developing an entirely new, modular and interactive generation of robots which, in addition to being quick to install and easy to operate, will also help to make European SMEs more competitive thanks to their cost-effective design.
In a final, public two-day event on May 7 and 8, 2009 the SMErobot consortium will present some concepts and solutions that have been developed in the course of this large-scale initiative.
Besides presentations and discussions, results from the project will be showcased and demonstrated.
The results of the project are technologies, concepts and tools aimed at helping industrial robotics to make a breakthrough into small and medium-sized enterprises. The innovations on show will include the following:
- a SMErobot toolbox with self-explanatory training modules and checklists that support the development and implementation of the new generation of robots.
Pilot trials in small and medium-sized enterprises from the fields of casting, mechanical engineering and metal- and wood-working were used to prove the innovation potential of the technologies and applications. During these pilot trials, the robots were optimized for use in a wide range of future applications and industries.
On the first day (May 7), presentations (in English) will focus on the scientific and technical results of the project and are thus addressed at an audience typically from the fields of research, robotics and automation equipment suppliers as well as manufacturing experts.
The second day, May 8, (held mostly in German) will be dedicated to introducing technologies, solutions and tools for small and medium-sized manufacturing and will therefore be of particular interest to manufacturing SMEs and professional organizations.
SMErobot is an Integrated Project within the European 6th Framework Programme (NMP2-CT-2005-011838). In line with the needs of small and medium-sized manu¬facturing businesses, SMErobot is developing fundamentally new automation solutions towards a new generation of industrial robot systems. These new helpers will be of assistance to a large number of businesses, either for the working of wood, metal, rubber, ceramics or plastics, or for drilling, milling, assembling or handling operations. Therefore, this consortium of leading European robot manufacturers, system integrators, producers of industrial IT solutions and research institutions has set itself three ambitious innovation goals, which it intends to achieve within the project runtime:
1. The new robot should be able to understand easy-to-learn, "intuitive" commands, so that it can be shown what to do even by a computer layman.
2. It should satisfy all safety requirements, so that it can share a workplace with human colleagues.
3. And it should be capable of being installed and taken into operation within three days.Project coordination
Virtual Worlds: Research Trends in Mobile 3D Data Collection
30.11.2016 | Fraunhofer IPM
4th UKP-Workshop 2017 – Save the Date!
15.09.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.
Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.
"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...
The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.
Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...
The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...
Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.
Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...
20.04.2017 | Event News
18.04.2017 | Event News
03.04.2017 | Event News
24.04.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
24.04.2017 | Materials Sciences
24.04.2017 | Life Sciences