The productivity of the serial production model is compromised by the need to perform changes in the production equipment that cannot support multiple operations in dynamic environments. Low cost labour is no longer an option for EU manufacturers due to the fast rise of wages and the increasing costs of energy and logistics. Manual tasks cannot be fully automated with a good ratio of cost vs robustness using standard robots due to: high product variability, dedicated process equipment and high cost of maintenance by expert users. The answer to this challenge lays in the creation of production concepts that base their operation on the autonomy and collaboration between production resources.
The vision of THOMAS is: "to create a dynamically reconfigurable shopfloor utilizing autonomous, mobile dual arm robots that are able to perceive their environment and through reasoning, cooperate with each other and with other production resources including human operators".
The objective of THOMAS are to:
THOMAS will demonstrate and validate its developments in the automotive and the aeronautics industrial sectors.
|Number of participants:||8|
|Total budget - EC contribution:||5624225 Euro - 4510700 Euro|
|Call topic:||Machinery and robot systems in dynamic shop floor environments using novel embedded cognitive functions (FoF.2016.02)|
|Instrument:||Collaborative project (generic)|
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