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NIRO CHECKS AUTOMATION POTENTIAL FOR ROBOT APPLICATIONS AT IPS

The Institute for Production Systems (IPS) at Dortmund Technical University invited NIRO member companies to an interesting workshop on 16 May 2019. On the subject of "Automation potentials for robot applications - Quick Check of your production", in addition to a wealth of helpful information, there was the opportunity to test a tool with which workstations can be analyzed and checked for their automation potential.

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Our robot colleague has not been a vision of the future for a long time. Highly automated productions use a wide variety of models, and some NIRO member companies have already started using them. However, it is not always easy to determine whether and for which workstation automation is worthwhile. For this reason, the Institute for Production Systems (IPS) invited NIRO to get to know scientifically proven methods in a very practical way in order to systematically define automation potentials.

 

At the beginning, Vanessa Weßkamp from IPS presented the systematic sequence of a robot project using an automation roadmap with different planning steps and information flows. The aim is to evaluate a workplace by assessing its ergonomics, safety, organisation and economic efficiency. The integrated planning system for HRC workstations (human-robot collaboration) consists of a quick check, the capability-oriented allocation of individual tasks and the complete HRC simulation in one tool. This extremely efficient planning of HRC workstations is particularly suitable for SMEs, as only a small amount of expertise is required and software costs and time expenditure are very low.

 

After the theoretical introduction the participants went to the laboratory where Vanessa Weßkamp, Andre Barthelmey and André Hengstebeck from IPS presented different robot applications to them and the "collegial cooperation" with a robot could be tested.

 

In the second part of the workshop the participants got to know the Quick-Check Tool. This allows individual sub-processes to be evaluated according to automation-relevant criteria. Using two sample workstations, the participants tested the tool in small groups and discussed the results and the suitability of the tool for determining automation potentials in their own company in plenary sessions. The systematic, relatively simple and cost-effective use of the tool was particularly popular.

 

NIRO would like to thank the IPS and its employees* for an interesting and instructive afternoon, which dealt with the extremely topical - and with regard to the increasing automation of production very relevant - topic of robotics in a particularly practical and at the same time systematic, scientifically proven way.

 

Via https://kompi.org/quickcheck/ you will get to the website of KOMPI, where the Quick-Check Tool is provided. We would like to thank NIRO for the editorial preparation of this report.