Robot Usability and Process Reconfigurability
In the last few years, the development of new robots with sophisticated skills in terms of handling, vision and comprehension of the surrounding environment is driving a new industrial revolution. With Industry 4.0, production lines are characterized by an ongoing renewal, which is headed towards automation and artificial intelligence.
Historically, the use of robots has been limited to highly repetitive activities involving large volumes, exploiting their precision for tasks that are boring and/or difficult for humans. However, there is still a large number of repetitive tasks carried out by hand that traditional industrial robots are incapable of performing, due to their lack of flexibility and adaptability to new and different environments.
The URRÀ: enabling technologies and use cases project aims at developing solutions to make robots, tools and machines already used in manufacturing lines smart, in order to improve their flexibility and reconfigurability by means of collaborative robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).
The projects aims at developing, integrating and validating cobots (collaborative robots), which are much more flexible than traditional robots and can collaborate with a human operator, in three real-life applications. In order to attain an evolved concept of production flexibility, unstructured data from several corporate IT systems will be employed, thanks to a quick and effective integration of CPSs in production systems.