Published on 17 October 2019
Coroma project ended in Brussels after 36 months of collaborative research conducted by 16 European partners.
Funded by the European Union within the H2020 program, COROMA (« Cognitively enhanced robot for flexible manufacturing of metal and composite parts ») project offered to develop a smart robot that could execute multiple tasks for the manufacturing of metal and composite parts.
The relevance of the results had to be demonstrated through concrete applications in three industrial sectors and through the development of dedicated demonstrators for:
The project, involving 16 European partners stemming from industry, academia and research, began in October 2016 and ended in Brussels on 4th of October with the demonstration of the three application cases.
BA Systèmes took part in the development of the shipbuilding sector demonstrator to provide mobility and autonomy to the system.
This robot was designed to meet the needs of the shipbuilding end user, Groupe Beneteau, who wanted to automatically manufacture the moulds for ship hulls.
When manufacturing a boat, sanding the moulds for ship hull is an important step. The sanded molds are then used to make negative molds used for the mass production of ships. The hull surface must therefore be perfect with a very high quality of finishing.
Until now, the entire sanding process within the group has been carried out by highly qualified operators. As an indication, an operator spends about 14 hours sanding a 1 square meter area (all paper grains combined).
The core of the solution developed within the Coroma project is therefore based on a BA Systèmes’ AGV solution that makes the whole system autonomous. The robot moves around the composite part it has to process and positions itself according to the coordinates given by a partner. AGV safety has been adapted to the handling of a robotic arm.
The project was highlighted by European Union experts as a success in terms of flexibility and robot autonomy. Among the measured results, the robotic solution allows to:
- Prevent health issues for operators, who may suffer from musculoskeletal disorders due to difficult manual operations (only the finishing remains under the responsibility of the operators),
- Reduce the time spent manually sanding part models (200,000 hours per year at Beneteau), and,
- Reduce production costs.
Watch COROMA robot in operation in video: