HORSE aims to bring a leap forward in the manufacturing industry proposing a new flexible model of smart factory involving collaboration of humans, robots, AGV’s (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) and machinery to realize industrial tasks in an efficient manner.
HORSE proposes to foster technology deployment towards SMEs by developing a methodological and technical framework for easy adaptation of robotic solutions and by setting up infrastructures and environments that will act as clustering points for selected application areas in manufacturing and for product life cycle management (production and/or maintenance and/or product end of life). The main strategy builds on existing technology and research results in robotics and smart factories and integrates them in a coherent framework.
The suitability of the resulting framework is not only driven by but will be validated with end-users - manufacturing companies- in two steps: In the first, the joint iterative development of the framework together with selected end-users will take place (Pilot Experiments). In the second, its suitability and transferability to further applications will be validated with new end users, which are recruited by an Open Call mechanism. The novel approaches of HORSE are the integration of concepts such as (physical) human-robot interaction, intuitive human-machine interfaces, and interaction between different robots and machines into an integrated environment with pre-existing machines and workflows. Safety of the human worker as well as reduction of health risks through physical support by the robotized equipment will contribute to better overall manufacturing processes.
In these, pre-defined workflows to be customized are the basis for servitisation, for the entire value chain that allow rapid reconfiguration of the robots based collaborative production processes. HORSE aims to foster advanced manufacturing technology deployment by industries and especially SMEs.
|Total budget - Public funding:||8 865 871,00 Euro - 7 945 601,00 Euro|
|Call topic:||ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) - Innovation (FoF.ICT.2015.09.a_Innovation)|
|Instrument:||Validation experiments - equipment assessments (I4MS)|
This is a set of Specific Objectives and Research & Innovation Objectives that is subject to a consultation in preparation of the Made In Europe Partnership. For more guidance about the consultation, please see www.effra.eu/made-in-europe-state-play.
HORSE business modelling is done with the BASE/X methodology, which is not based only on rigid assets but in which the actual value is perceived as the main value offered by the production. Additionally, the modelling methodology does not focus only on single entities, but on integrated networks of partners, which co-create the overall value.
All use case experiments of HORSE (pilot and cascading funded) are focused on collaborative robotics, and the HORSE technologies aim not only to enhance the safety and efficiencty of Human-Robot Collaboration, but to improve the working conditions and the efficiency of the human workers.
HORSE includes a reference architecture for collaborative robotics in manufacturing-Industry 4.0, which is being already re-used and extended in new projects.
HORSE demonstrated 2 different use cases including Augmented Reality solutions and collaborative robotics, with great success and iprovement of the working conditions and performance of the human workers, compared to the previous situation.
HORSE takes into account all the different resources in a production environment, including human workers, machines, robots, etc., and through the MPMS (Manufacturing Process Management System), it manages them, with a focus on efficiently using them for the production.
HORSE initiated the transformation of technology labs into Competence Centres closer to industry and the regional ecosystem. HORSE also launched the concept of 'Competence Centre Networking', where not only expertise was shared, but the experience of existing Technology Labs/Competence Centres was used for the establishment of new ones. As such, HORSE is the predecessor of the DIH concept, and was actually involved in the mentoring program of new DIHs, assisting in the establishment of even more such Innovation Hubs. Regarding the technologies developed, HORSE designed a reference Industry 4.0 architecture, which is applicable in manufacturing environments and taking into account all the different resources (humans, robots, machinery, sensors, etc.) that are present in a production shop floor.
With the pilot and open call experiments, which include SMEs as the manufacturing end-users, HORSE proved that using the technologies and approaches developed in the project, robotics is feasible and a good investment not only for large companies but also for manufacturing SMEs.
HORSE developed not only technologies, but also methodologies and approaches that have been tested and can be resused for a number of different aspects, like requirements analysis, system design, system validation and business modelling.
Safety of robots sharing workspace with human workers, as well as assigned tasks with a health-risk to robots, and to human workers easier tasks, is one of the top opbjectives for HORSE
HORSE includes human-machine interaction with Interfaces targeted to be easy-to-use by unskilled workers and learning by demonstration capabilities, to be able to program a robot without the need for robotics expertise.
HORSE also includes Augmenter Reality applications, with intuitive instructions and alerts for various manufacturing tasks.
- Software tool for modelling mixed-actor manuf...
- Augmented Reality software for user assistanc...
- Multi-modal monitoring subsystem (classificat...
- Intuitive programming subsystem for robots an...
- WFM middleware and related auxiliary modules
- Complete System Design - Public Version
- Competence Centre demonstration scenarios
- Project flyer
- Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HORSE (Smar...
- Second version of the Competence Centers Scen...
- | EUROPEAN DYNAMICS ADVANCED SYSTEMS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFORMATICS AND TELEMATICS SA (Coördinator)
- | ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE FABRICANTES DE BIENES DE EQUIPO
- | CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES INDUSTRIES MECANIQUES (CETIM)
- | Eindhoven University of Technology
- | FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik am KIT
- | HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY
- | KUKA AUTOMATISME ROBOTIQUE
- | PROSYST SOFTWARE GmbH
- | ROBERT BOSCH ESPANA FABRICA CASTELLET SA
- | SPOLKA AKCYJNA ODLEWNIE POLSKIE
- | TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
- | THOMAS REGOUT INTERNATIONAL BV
- | TNO - Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
- | ZAVOD-CENTER SLOVENSKEGA ORODJARSKEGA GROZDA CELJE