The aerospace industry typically has to handle very large parts that remain stationary in a workcell for several days until a process is completed. Conventional robots cannot be successfully implemented in this environment.
The European research project “VALERI” addresses this problem by developing a mobile robot platform that is able to perform similar tasks in different workcells together with humans. This also requires safe human-robot interaction. Improving the ergonomic aspects of a workplace is also a goal of the Project.
The project aims at the solution of problems that have so far prevented the use of mobile robots. This includes e.g. machine vision to support navigation and motion planning of the robot.
Process models will be used for path planning and the size of aerospace parts requires that the mobile platform is also considered as part of the kinematics, resulting in truly mobile manipulation.
In this project PROFACTOR is developing a machine vision system for the inspection of the parts, and contributes to human-machine interaction.
The applicability will be tested on two typical use cases of the aerospace industry: quality control of large parts and application of sealant along a groove. These tasks are applied throughout the whole production line.
Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications
EU – FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF
01.11.2012 – 31.10.2015