Robotics – Advanced mobile manipulators arrive in the industry

Published on 15 September 2015


STAMINA (“Sustainable and Reliable Robotics for Part Handling in Manufacturing Automation”) European research and development project aims at developing and experimenting a mobile robotic system that will perform preparation and distribution operations of parts kits in the automotive industry.

 

Stamina

Over 42 month duration (2013-2017), this FP7 collaborative project involves several partners:

  • Aalborg University (Denmark),
  • Edinburg University (United Kingdom),
  • Freiburg and Bonn Universities (Germany),
  • Porto INESC (Portugal),
  • PSA Peugeot-Citroën,
  • BA Systèmes.

 

Each academic partner is developing innovative technological components in the fields of robotic vision, gripping of automotive parts, autonomous navigation, planning etc.

The objectives of this project for the end-user partner, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, are multiple:

  • Reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for operators,
  • Increase the competitiveness of production sites,
  • Be more responsive to increasingly strong customer demand for vehicle customization.

 

Stamina robot, already designed and functional, is composed of a mobile platform of AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) type, a robotic polyarticulated arm (6 axes) and a versatile gripper (robotic effector). It is driven by a specific supervision software which allows the AGV to perform the tasks of bin-picking and kitting (procurement method for gathering components intended to be assembled together) and distribution kits. Stamina will evolve in logistics warehouses that store auto parts and where it will grip the heavy parts such as alternators (13kg) and starters (9kg) to deposit them in an embedded box. The kit will then be delivered to the assembly line by the conveyor.

 

Stamina robot has the characteristic to use a software layer that will facilitate the system programming on other applications. The system will also include a “logistics planner” i.e. an interface layer with PSA logistics management system. BA Systèmes endorses the technology provider and integrator (development, testing and security) roles for the robotic system at PSA Peugeot Citroën.

 

The partners involved assessed the progress made to date at a mid-project key time. The robot underwent a test phase before the summer in a real situation on PSA site at La Janais factory near Rennes. Developments continue to ensure that the algorithms used are robust enough to meet the requirements and specificities of the industrial environment.

The STAMINA project final purpose represents an opportunity for industrial companies, which will then be able to equip themselves with advanced mobile manipulators and use them in various order picking applications.

 

This project receives funding from the European Union under grant number #610917.

 

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