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ROBOTOP

Modular, open and web-based platform for robot applications in industry and service (ROBOTOP)

(Project duration: June 2017 to Mai 2020)

 

Problem Definiton

Industrial robot applications must meet significant technical requirements to ensure high availability, quality and safety. In many cases, this results in highly complex applications. The successful planning of these robot systems requires a correspondingly high level of specialist knowledge, a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the standardization situation. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), this represents an entry barrier to the use of industrial (service) robotics applications. Based on the expected engineering effort as well as the high costs for the technical components and for the support services provided by the system integrators, numerous robot solutions cannot be implemented at present or only to a very limited extent.

Powerful web platforms that map the complete engineering process, from initial rough planning and component selection to integration support and virtual commissioning, are therefore a central key technology. These can ultimately pave the way for a significant increase in the degree of implementation of innovative robot applications. Based on the expected engineering effort as well as the high costs for the technical components and for the support services by the system integrators, numerous robot solutions cannot be implemented at present or only to a very limited extent.

 

Objective

The aim of the ROBOTOP project is to develop a modular, open web-based platform for industrial and service robots. This is to be a foundation for the development of the mass market for robots in manufacturing, logistics and service applications. The platform optimizes the planning processes for both suppliers and customers and thus links both groups directly with each other. The ROBOTOP platform offers extensive assistance functions in all phases of automation planning (Fig. 1).

 

ROBOTOP

Abb.1: Aufbau der ROBOTOP-Plattform

 

In the course of an initial selection of best practices, potential end users first have the opportunity to describe their individual application scenarios (e.g. manual workstations) using a structured and user-friendly questionnaire. On the basis of a continuously expanded compilation of industrially implemented best practices, suitable implementation examples are derived in an automated selection process. These serve as an initial concept proposal for the operational end user and also as the basis for the individual configuration process that follows on from this. In this regardtrain, suitable robot systems, peripheral components and gripping systems can be freely combined with each other, whereby the compatibility of the individual components is guaranteed at all times. To increase user-friendliness, the assembled systems can be directly transferred to a web-based 3D simulation. At the same time, users can make an initial assessment of the technical feasibility of the assembled solution for their specific application scenarios.

 

Depending on this, it is then possible to go through upstream process steps again to improve the planning results or alternatively to contact potential service providers directly for an initial rough calculation and quotation.

In the course of an initial selection of best practices, potential end users first have the opportunity to describe their individual application scenarios (e.g.manual workstations) using a structured and user-friendly questionnaire. On the basis of a continuously expanded compilation of industrially implemented best practices, suitable implementation examples are derived in an automated selection process. These serve as an initial concept proposal for the operational end user and also as the basis for the individual configuration process that follows on from this. In this regardtrain, suitable robot systems, peripheral components and gripping systems can be freely combined with each other, whereby the compatibility of the individual components is guaranteed at all times. To increase user-friendliness, the assembled systems can be directly transferred to a web-based 3D simulation. At the same time, users can make an initial assessment of the technical feasibility of the assembled solution for their specific application scenarios.

 

Depending on this, it is then possible to go through upstream process steps again to improve the planning results or alternatively to contact potential service providers directly for an initial rough calculation and quotation.

Procedure and Division of Labour

The project consortium is interdisciplinary and consists of manufacturers of automation components and supporting software products, integrators and end users as well as university research institutions (Fig. 2).

The IPS coordinates the sub-project PlaNET with the focus on the development of a best-practice selection. Initially, the IPS will develop a uniform questionnaire to identify the automation-relevant properties of work systems, which will be used to interview users. 

By means of extensive research work and practical surveys of industrial end users, a library of successfully implemented best practices is also created. With the help of this formal database for robotics applications, a method for evaluating the automation potential and recommending best-practice solutions is then designed. In the course of the holistic exchange, the IPS, in cooperation with the project partners from industry and research, also develops requirements for the creation of the basic configurator and the associated compatibility test and accompanies the final evaluation and optimization of the overall system in the final project phase.

 

ROBOTOP Konsortium

Abb. 2: ROBOTOP-Konsortium

 

Research facilities

  • Institute of Production Systems (IPS), TU Dortmund University
  • Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS)
  • Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Institut of Produktion Science (wbk)
  • Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Chair of Production Systems (LPS), University Bochum

Software houses

  • ICARUS Consulting GmbH
    (Konsortialführung)
  • Infosim GmbH & Co. KG

Application partner

  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG


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Contact

Sekretariat IPS
Tel.: 0231 755-2652

 

 

promotional note

This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) as part of the "PAiCE - Digital Technologies for Business" programm (funding code 01MA17009H) and is managed by the project management agency „The German Aerospace Center“ (DLR).

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Additional Links

German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)

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