Integrated European research project develops low-cost, modular and interactive automation solutions for SMEs
Automation makes you competitive ndustrial robots which, while being quick to install and easy to operate, are intended, thanks to their low-cost design, to make the competitive potential of automation technology available to European SMEs. "SMErobot" brings together leading European robot manufacturers, research institutes, scientists, software engineers and consultants from several European countries. The EU project, which has been launched this spring and is scheduled to run for four years, is being coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart and is organizationally supported by Gesellschaft für Produktionssysteme (GPS).
"We are developing a new generation of industrial robots for small and medium-sized enterprises," says Project Coordinator Martin Haegele from Fraunhofer IPA. To date, reports Haegele, SMEs wishing to improve their productivity have faced the dilemma of either having to invest in commercially available solutions which are often too big and unsuitable for their needs, or they have been forced into a ruinous cost-cutting regime to the detriment of wages and profits. SMErobot offers a way out of this "automation trap". With flexible, low-cost and user-friendly automation solutions, the aim of the project is to strengthen the competitiveness of the EU’s over 228,000 SMEs in the manufacturing industry, stresses Thilo Brodtmann, Director of EUnited Robotics, the new European Robotics Association, on behalf of the participating robot manufacturers. SMEs are the backbone and motor of the European economy, explains Brodtmann.
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