Funded Projects

Robotics

Robotics

Decades of experience have made Comau into a household name in the robotics industry. We have contributed to numerous European and national projects with our wide range of existing ready-to-use technologies and our capability to develop customized solutions to suit specific requirements. Assistive devices, collaborative robots, IoT and automated assembly lines can be implemented in numerous strategic sectors and help improve both workers safety and productivity, reduce waste and carbon emissions and make European industries more innovative and competitive.

HUMAN – HUman MANufacturing

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

The objective of the HUMAN -HUman MANufacturing project is to design smart manufacturing environments, where human workers can operate safely and efficiently with industrial machinery. With a human-centered approach to automation, Comau provided its expertise in assistive technologies such as augmented reality and other adaptive workplace tools that focus on workers needs while at the same time guarantee increased productivity and reduced operativity costs.

Timetable
10.2016 - 09.2019
Partners
IUVO, LMS, AIRBUS, HOLONIX

VERSATILE – Innovative robotic applications for highly reconfigurable production lines

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

As a partner of the European Commission’s VERSATILE project, Comau put decades-long experience in robotics for manufacturing to help develop innovative applications for reconfigurable production lines. Facilitating human-robot interaction is crucial for the integration of highly flexible systems that can manage complex assembly processes. Activities included the use of dual-arm robots like the Comau Rebel S and Racer with the addition of support of robotic perception tools that allow for their programming and eventual reconfiguration suited for rapidly-evolving production needs.

Timetable
01.2017 - 12.2019
Partners
COMAU (IT), TECNALIA (E), PSA (F), AIRBUS (E), BIC (GR), SIMERIS (SL), DGH (E), INTERMODALICS (B), LMS (GR), UNI MONTPELLIER (F)

RobMoSys – Composable Models and Software for Robotics Systems-of-Systems

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

Comau is a key partner of RobMoSys, a EU-project that aims to develop an open and sustainable European industrial robotics software ecosystem. Leaning on model-driven software development, RobMoSys envisions the integration of current code-centric robotics platforms, which saves both implementation times and costs. Thanks to Comau’s experience in robotic system development, it will be possible to manage interfaces between different domains in an efficient and systemic way according to the client’s needs. Furthermore, its collaborative nature encourages the involvement of an active community.

Timetable
01.2017 - 12.2020 (48 months)
Partners
CEA (F), FACHHOCHSCHULE ULM (D), KUL (B), TUM (D), PAL ROBOTICS (E), ECLIPSE (D), COMAU (IT), EUNITED (B), SIEMENS (D)

ESMERA – European SMEs Robotics Applications

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

The ESMERA initiative aims to support Small and Medium Enterprises in every aspect of their robotic system development process with the purpose of boosting innovation. This includes concept creation, testing and promoting the resulting technologies. The project provided a series of industrial challenges defined by leading EU companies to stimulate competition among participating SMEs, which will do their own research experiments and come up with innovative solutions to real life problems. It also included a set of Competence Centers offering accessible facilities to develop and test novel technologies such as robotics for inspection and monitoring among others. In addition, the involved SMEs have the opportunity to submit a challenge that needs to be solved using robotics for manufacturing in various industries and get the necessary support to help the solutions to such become market-ready.

Timetable
01.2018 - 02.2022
Partners
LMS (GR), COMAU (I), CEA (F), TUM (D), Ik4-tekniker (E), Blue Ocean Robotics (DK), R.U. Robots (UK)

SHERLOCK Seamless and safe human – centered robotic applications for novel collaborative workplaces

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

The SHERLOCK project aims to introduce the latest in human robot collaboration into production environments. With enhancements like smart mechatronics, AI enabled cognition to help mobile robots understand their surroundings, Virtual Reality based training for HRC, Augmented Reality among others, SHERLOCK can be a crucial factor to guarantee both safety for workers and higher productivity. Some of the project’s objectives focus on collaborative soft robotics production stations, which include the use of tools like exoskeleton frames. Another important factor would be human centered interaction for interface development that allows a seamless HR interaction. SHERLOCK technologies are being tested in four cases in the elevator assembly, machine tools, industrial modules and aeronautics sectors, which will then be made available for widespread implementation.

Timetable
10.2018 - 03.2023
Partners
COMAU (IT), LMS (GR), VDL (NL), UTRC (IR), SOFITEC(E), FIDIA (IT), PILZ (E), GROBOTICS (E), INTRASOFT (L), LS-VR (F), TECNALIA (E), IPK (D), CRANFIELD UNI (UK), UCD (IR), MCI (B)

HR-Recycler – Hybrid Human-Robot RECYcling plant for electriCal and eLEctRonic equipment

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

A project like HR-Recycler is a necessary response to the growing number of e-waste all over the world. It foresees the development of an indoors ‘hybrid human-robot recycling plant for electrical and electronic equipment’. With the help of Comau’s expertise in collaborative robotics, the project aims to improve the way current Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management is done by replacing manual tasks with automated solutions. Recycling can be hazardous and time-consuming, since categorization, disassembling and sorting components is often done by hand. With the assistance of smart mechatronics and AI perception methods, both human workers and robots can perform different handling activities. The plant will extract sorted electronic device components (PCBs, capacitors) and concentrated fractions (copper, aluminum or plastics), while mixed fractions with low concentrations in valuable materials can be sent to dedicated facilities. As a result, HR-Recycler will also contribute to the European circular economy project that seeks to boost economic activity in secondary markets.

Timetable
12.2018 - 05.2022
Partners
COMAU (IT), CERTH (GR), IBEC (E), TUM (D), TECNALIA (E), ROBOTNIK (E), GAIKER (E), SADAKO (E), DIGINEXT (F), VUB (B), INDUMETAL (E), INTERECYCLING (P), BIANATT (GR)

DIMOFAC – Digital Intelligent MOdular FACtories

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

DIMOFAC is a European initiative created to help factories adopt smart factory methods and technologies in order to better face the challenges and needs of the modern market. With the support of Comau and its experience in modular production, automation and reconfigurable production lines, the consortium works to create, test, validate and promote industrial formulas that make factories more flexible and responsive to both mass customization and demand changes. DIMOFAC’s technological solutions like Plug-and-Produce modules in closed-loop lifecycle systems and Digital Twins can reduce companies’ reconfiguration times and production costs by 15%. The modular and versatile production lines developed by this project will make more competitive Small and Medium Enterprises.

Timetable
10.2019 - 09.2023
Partners
COMAU (IT), CEA, SIEMES, LMS, PHILIPS, POLIMI

ODIN – Open-Digital-Industrial and Networking pilot lines using modular components for scalable production

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

The main goal of the ODIN project is clear: strengthening the trust of European manufacturers in advanced robotics. By bringing groundbreaking technologies such as autonomous mobile robots and configurable tooling, dynamic digital world modelling among others, ODIN aims to demonstrate that production environments with high human robot collaboration are both economically feasible and sustainable. Furthermore, the solutions featured in its robotics digital platform (Digital Twins & Virtual Commissioning) have been designed with human centered interaction in mind. Due to its focus on reconfigurability and modularity, the project currently targets three use cases in the White Goods, Aeronautics and Automotive industries.

Timetable
01.2021 - 12.2024
Partners
LMS, TECNALIA, KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, TAU, PILS, ROBOCEPTION, VISUAL COMPONENTS, INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL S.A., S21SEC, AIC - AUTOMOTIVE INTELLIGENCE CENTER, DGH, STELLANTIS, AEROTECNIC, WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

PENELOPE – Closed-loop digital pipeline for a flexible and modular manufacturing of large components

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

PENELOPE is a novel methodology that seeks to link product centric design and data management, production planning and scheduling in a closed-loop digital pipeline based on the development of a modular and reconfigurable approach for the precise manufacturing of large-scale parts. This will guarantee greater interoperability and the possibility of zero-defect manufacturing thanks to the use of AI and worker-centric tools that assist operators in particularly complex or labor-intensive tasks. Although PENELOPE is being built upon existing technological solutions, it can lead to major innovations that will increase productivity and reduce overall costs. The project is being demonstrated in four strategic sectors at the moment: Oil&Gas, Shipbuilding, Aeronautics and Bus&Coach.

Timetable
10.2020 - 09.2024
Partners
COMAU (IT), ESI GROUP, UNI. MODENA, UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA, TECNALIA, LMS, TU DELFT, CEA, BIBA, FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT, FOKKER

RUBIC – Hybrid production systems based on safe human-robot interactive cooperation

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

The goal of RUBIC is to introduce a hybrid production cell that helps companies automate their production processes, reduce physical strain on workers and minimize human error. To do so, the project foresees the integration of various robotic and mechatronic solutions applied to assembly lines. With the use of intuitive digital interfaces, safe human-robot cooperation is guaranteed. This way, the repetitive parts of quality assessment operations can be performed by collaborative robots quickly and accurately while safely monitored by a human operator. Based on past projects like FP7-ROBO-PARTNET, RUBIC provided the opportunity to address a real industrial problem with a ready to market solution that can be easily implemented into any manufacturing context.

Timetable
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020
Partners
LMS - Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, University of Patras, Whirlpool

SOFOCLES: Smart and Flexible Clamping Solutions for Sealing

Country/Business: Italy/Robotics

Main Objectives:

SOFOCLES’ main goal is to develop a flexible, reconfigurable and smart robotic system for precise manipulation, clamping and positioning of large complex components for different processes like sealing, welding and WAAM in the Aeronautical industry. The project’s end result will be a fully operational work cell that integrates, among other features, a coordinated dual Cobot (collaborative robot) system for high payloads, a versatile tooling system integrated on said robots, capable of clamping and handling the parts. The cell also includes its Digital Twin for a safe and efficient (H-R) interaction. SOFOCLES guarantees both safety for human workers and autonomy for Cobot operations, reducing up to 50% of errors in the manufacturing process.

Timetable
01.2020 - 12.2020
Partners
Tecnalia, LMS - Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, University of Patras, Aernnova