SHAREWORK | Safe and effective HumAn-Robot coopEration toWards a better cOmpetiveness on cuRrent automation lacK manufacturing processes.

Summary

SHAREWORK's main objective is to endow an industrial work environment of the necessary intelligenc and methods for the effective adoption of Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) with not fences, providing a system capable of understanding the environment and human actions through knowledge and sensors, future state predictions and with the ability to make a robot act accordingly while human safety is guaranteed and the human-related barriers are overcome. SHAREWORK will develop the needed technology for facing the new production paradigm compiling the necessary developments in a set of modular hardware, software and procedures to face different HRC applications in a systematic and effective way.

A knowledge base (KB) to include system know-how data as well as real-time environment information is developed. An environment run-time perception and cognition updates this KB with object detection, human tracking and task identification. A human-aware dynamic task planning system will react based on previous knowledge and environment status by reassigning tasks and/or reconfiguring robot control. This data will allow robot intelligent motion planners to control robots while safety is ensured by a continuous ergonomics and risk assessment module to face a safety-productivity trade-off. A multimodal human-robot communication system will provide interfaces for bidirectional communication between operator and robot. Finally, methods for overcoming human-related barriers and data reliability and security concerning the entire framework are applied for a successful integration in the industry.

SHAREWORK technology will be demonstrated in four different industrial cases: for railway, automotive, mechanical machining and equipment goods sectors. The usability of the developed HRC solutions in different industrial sectors and company sizes will increase productivity, flexibility, and reduce human stress, to support the workers and to strengthen European industry.

SHAREWORK project progress beyond the state-of-the-art by designing and developing a knowledge base capable of supporting all the cognitive processes involved in the controller of the robot by leveraging and extending a suited ontology. This project will solve the semantic cognition in a highly dynamic and complex environment as given in a modern production environment.  This environment cognition will also be extended by recognizing and predicting usual human movements and adding its dynamic primitives to the motion library without the need of "teaching" the robot. SHAREWORK will develop a human aware motion planner to be used as an off-line motion planner and as real-time motion planner, exploiting the massive GPU parallelization. Furthermore, SHAREWORK will exploit the latest trends and advances in Augmented Reality (AR) technology and IoT wearable devices towards providing the human operators with the appropriate means during assembly operations in human robot collaborative workplaces. In addition, SHAREWORK will study and validate best practices to improve human-robot collaboration acceptance and satisfaction in industrial environments 

SHAREWORK project will have a positive impact to general European industry by developing costeffective, and easy to adapt and reconfigure solutions for the implementation of collaborative robotic systems. Any company will have access to the developed modules within the project through the possibility to acquire the required modules developed and implement it to their industrial processes, increasing efficiency and productivity. The SHAREWORK framework will impact on the profitability of these manufacturing companies, the majority of which are SMEs, by reducing operational costs. This will result in more job security and direct and indirect job creation in the European manufacturing sector. It will also impact on the employability opportunities. The SHAREWORK framework will have a substantial impact on the environmental performance of manufacturing processes and thus will support European industries to achieve the ambitious goals set in the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainability, resource efficiency and climate and energy targets, and beyond. 

 

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Web resources: https://sharework-project.eu
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/220005/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-11-2018
End date: 31-10-2022
Total budget - Public funding: 7 351 467,00 Euro - 7 351 467,00 Euro
Call topic: Effective Industrial Human-Robot Collaboration (RIA) (DT-FOF-02-2018)
Twitter: @Sharework_EU
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SHAREWORK‘s main objective is to endow an industrial work environment of the necessary “intelligence” and methods for the effective adoption of Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) with not fences, providing a system capable of understanding the environment and human actions through knowledge and sensors, future state predictions and with the ability to make a robot act accordingly while human safety is guaranteed and the human-related barriers are overcome. SHAREWORK will develop the needed technology for facing the new production paradigm compiling the necessary developments in a set of modular hardware, software and procedures to face different HRC applications in a systematic and effective way.

A knowledge base (KB) to include system “know-how” data as well as real-time environment information is developed. An environment run-time perception and cognition updates this KB with object detection, human tracking and task identification. A human-aware dynamic task planning system will react based on previous knowledge and environment status by reassigning tasks and/or reconfiguring robot control. This data will allow robot intelligent motion planners to control robots while safety is ensured by a continuous ergonomics and risk assessment module to face a safety-productivity trade-off. A multimodal human-robot communication system will provide interfaces for bidirectional communication between operator and robot. Finally, methods for overcoming human-related barriers and data reliability and security concerning the entire framework are applied for a successful integration in the industry.

SHAREWORK technology will be demonstrated in four different industrial cases: for railway, automotive, mechanical machining and equipment goods sectors. The usability of the developed HRC solutions in different industrial sectors and company sizes will increase productivity, flexibility, and reduce human stress, to support the workers and to strengthen European industry.

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DT-FOF-02-2018

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Jesus Pablo Gonzalez
15/06/22 - 11:25
EVENT 07/07/2022 - COLLABORATIVE ROBOTICS’ INDUSTRIAL IMPLEMENTATION: TOWARDS MORE FLEXIBLE AND INTEGRATED WORKPLACES

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10.00 – 12.15h CEST

Human-Robot Collaboration is a key factor in the field of industrial robotics for the development of the factories of the future and advance towards the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

In this last training session of the Sharework project we will introduce some basic concepts of the implementation of Human-Robot Collaborative systems and the advantages of its wide deployment into the industry. In addition, four use cases implemented in four companies in the transport, capital goods and metal sector will be presented, highlighting the potential of collaborative robotics in operators’ ergonomics and wellbeing, as well as the benefits from the production side.

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15/06/22 - 11:23
EVENT 20/06/2022 - ROBOT AND HUMAN MOTION PLANNING IN COLLABORATIVE ROBOTICS

REGISTER: https://cutt.ly/ShareworkMotionPlanning 

20/06/2022

14.00 - 16:00 PM

Robot and human path planning is essential for the implementation of accurate, safe and effective Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) systems, making sure to avoid incidents in the workplace, as well as increase productivity and work quality thanks to the collaboration between workers and robots.

In this training session on motion planning in Human-Robot Collaboration of the Sharework project, we will review state-of-the-art approaches for robot planning and scheduling, and present advances in the field with great potential to contribute to a widespread uptake of high-payload collaborative industrial robots in assembly shopfloors. As part of the training activity, a hierarchical motion planning framework to plan and execute human-aware movements and research on human motion prediction applicable into robot motion planning will be presented.

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25/04/22 - 13:48
EVENT 05/05 - HUMAN FACTORS IN HUMAN-ROBOT COLLABORATION

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In recent years, manufacturing aimed at increasing flexibility while maintaining productivity for satisfying emerging market needs for higher product customization. Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) is a promising way of achieving this balance by combining the improvisation and dexterity of humans with robots’ tireless precision and repeatability.

However, collaborative robotics developments have focused primarily on the technology and, until recently, little research has been geared to understand the key human factors that need to be considered to enable successful implementation of industrial HRC.

This training session, the second of a series of training workshops organized by the Sharework project, will be focused on Human Factor approaches in collaborative robotics from several perspectives. Contents of this session respond to how to develop a more human-centered design for the factory of the future, including ergonomic and posture assessmentsmethodologies to ensure adaptability and acceptance of collaborative robotics solutions in the workplace, the use of Augmented Reality for operator training and technology for a seamless interaction between humans and cobots.

 

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