Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly: Technologies, Innovations and Competitiveness


The European robotics industry is moving towards a new generation of robots, based on safety in the workplace and the ability to work alongside humans. This new generation is paramount to making the factories of the future more cost-effective and restoring the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industry. However, the European manufacturing industry is facing the following challenges:

  1. lack of adaptability,
  2. lack of flexibility, and
  3. lack of vertical integration.

The proposed SYMBIO-TIC project addresses these important issues towards a safe, dynamic, intuitive and cost-effective working environment were immersive and symbiotic collaboration between human workers and robots can take place and bring significant benefits to robot-reluctant industries (where current tasks and processes are thought too complex to be automated). The benefits that the project can bring about include lower costs, increased safety, better working conditions and higher profitability through improved adaptability, flexibility, performance and seamless integration.

This project is planned for 48 months with a consortium of 15 partners from 7 EU Member States.

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Start date: 01-04-2015
End date: 01-04-2019
Total budget - Public funding: 7 230 208,00 Euro - 6 451 703,00 Euro
Call topic: Symbiotic human-robot collaborations for safe and dynamic multimodal manufacturing systems (FoF.NMPB.2014.6)
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Manufacturing the products of the future Complex structures, geometries and scale Customised products
Resource efficient, sustainable products Domain 2: Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems

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Advanced manufacturing processes Methods for handling of parts, metrology and inspection Integration of non-conventional technologies and conventiona... Control technologies Advanced and ubiquitous human machine interaction Measurement, condition and performance monitoring technologi... Intelligent machinery components, actuators and end-effectors IoT - Internet of Things ICT solutions for next generation data storage and informati... Digital manufacturing platforms ICT solutions for modelling and simulation tools
Integrated knowledge based systems Modelling and simulation methods of manufacturing processes ... Skills - Knowledge-workers Modelling and simulation for the (co-)design and management ... Virtual models spanning all levels of the factory life and i... Cloud computing, edge computing Human Machine Interfaces Operating systems Engineering tools Data acquisition
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