Expert cooperative robots for highly skilled operations for the factory of the future


X-act aims to increase the infiltration of intelligent and cooperative robotic systems in European, "robot resistant" production facilities.

The penetration of such systems has poorly advanced due to

  1. the lack of user friendly programming in real industrial environments,
  2. the complexity in managing robot to robot and human to robot cooperation
  3. the combined need for production and robotics experts for achieving dexterous operations
  4. the high safety requirements for human-robot interaction.

X-act proposes the enhancement of dual arm robots for cooperative use with human operators, by means of:

  • Dual arm robots enhancement modules involving sensors, visual servoing and flexible tools to enable dexterous operation
  • Intelligent motion planning algorithms for synchronizing the motion of the dual arms combined with the enablement of the execution of bimanual operations
  • Dual arm robot instructions libraries to simplify programming, allowing the robot program to be incrementally and automatically created
  • Simulation modules capable of representing realistically the behaviour of the dual arm robot
  • Sensor guided programming involving voice recognition, visual programming, force sensing
  • Highly intuitive interfaces for human-robot cooperation during assembly by means of control algorithms to regulate the manipulation of the parts
  • Fenceless human robot supervision system to adjust the speed of the robots upon the detection of humans and automatically re-plan robot trajectory

The project will be based on industrial applications, bringing dual arm robots to a maturity level that allows the introduction in industry, not as experimental equipment but as well proven and reliable production technologies.

A demonstration in automotive will involve the dexterous assembly of flexible parts by dual arm robots in cooperation with humans. A second demonstration will focus on rework of electrical appliances to disassemble, rework and reassemble electrical devices.

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Start date: 01-10-2012
End date: 30-09-2015
Total budget - Public funding: 4 845 590,00 Euro - 3 212 991,00 Euro
Call topic: Smart Factories: Energy-aware, agile manufacturing and customisation (FoF.ICT.2011.7.1)

    Contributed to the development of TS-15066 via the participation of partner PILZ in its development process.

    •Participate in the C184/SC2/WG3. •Developing the new version of ISO/TS 15066, Robots and robotic devices – industrial Safety requirements Collaborative industrial robots