IMP explores new methods and tools for improving maintenance planning and execution in highly demanding and complex production systems by intuitively guiding, supervising and optimised scheduling. This includes the following priorities: (1) detection and classification of maintenance tasks from the ...+
NPS investigates new methods for priority-rule-based scheduling and control of flexible, volatile production processes at the operational shop floor level according to user-defined strategies. To do so, complex priority rules are automatically synthesized and iteratively optimised by using meta-heur ...+
Overall objective of this project is to research approaches for a distributed optimisation algorithm for dynamic job shop scheduling problems in massively distributed, agile production environments with stochastic properties. The research software prototype to be developed will be based on mathemati ...+
Development of methods and techniques for optimizing logistics in the production of semi-finished steel for the automobile and railway industry Background The European steel industry is facing fierce competition on the global market. To remain competitive and secure jobs, Austrian steel manufacturer ...+
CEUP2030 – Central Europe Upstreaming for Policy Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0. towards 2030 The CE Interreg Project CEUP 2030 (Central Europe Upstreaming for Policy Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 towards 2030) aims to generate stable innovation n ...+
  Share 4.0 – Interreg Slovakia-Austria – European Regional Development Fund The Interreg Slovakia-Austria Project “Share 4.0” is dedicated to create synergies in the region Slovakia – Austria by sharing best practices and awareness of innovative technologies to advance digitalized ma ...+
PredMAIn (Interreg, 2021-2022) AI-based predictive maintenance   Initial situation AI-based Predictive Maintenance Project (ATCZ279) The Interreg programme area Austria-Czech Republic is a region with a high number of SMEs. Many of them are active in the production and manufacturing of producti ...+
AssistMe is focused on potential operator and user experience of novel robotic assistance systems. A multi-level process develops and evaluates innovative interaction concepts and technologies in close collaboration with future operators and users who are integrated by user studies and who will eval ...+
Der "Griff in die Kiste" ist gelöst Das Handling von unförmigen und unsortiert dargebotenen Teilen – zum Beispiel in einer Schütte - stellt für die Automatisierung eine Herausforderung dar. Der von PROFACTOR und IH Tech gemeinsam entwickelte iRob Feeder®  ist in der Lage, unterschiedliche W ...+
The aim of the international research project LOCOBOT was to develop a low-cost "Robot co-worker" in a modular system that is suitable for industries with high production volume as well as for manufactures with low product volume and high customer specifications. The focus was on the development of ...+
NEXGEN_RWP articulates PROFACTOR’s goal to develop a new generation of robotic systems which can solve complex tasks efficiently even if framing conditions change. The further development of cognitive technologies will render possible the application of the system to a broad spectrum of use-cases ...+
The main goal of CustomPacker is to design and assemble a packaging workstation mostly using standard hardware components (no need for special solutions) resulting in a universal handling system for different products (size, weight and form). During the project, different concepts and technological ...+
The production of lightweight composite parts involves a number of process steps such as filling, grinding, coating and activation of surfaces e.g. for glueing. Occasionally small defects need to be repaired. To address these process steps the project Seltec investigates two different solution: Auto ...+
The European robotics industry is moving towards a new generation of robots, based on safety in the workplace and the ability to work alongside humans. This new generation is paramount to making the factories of the future more cost-effective and restoring the competitiveness of the European manufac ...+
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 develop ...+
The complexity of assembly processes and manufacturing processes in general is in-creasing with respect to flexibility, frequent changes of products and markets as well as shorter product life cycles. Currently, the adaptation of manufacturing processes requires significant resources and time. Inste ...+
Märkte, in denen die Nachfrage nicht immer genau vorhergesagt werden kann, bzw. Unternehmen, die mit kleinen Fertigungslosen arbeiten, profitieren nicht von der erhöhten Produktivität durch Roboter. Der Trend hin zu individualisierten Serienfertigung verschärft die Problematik zusätzlich. Indus ...+
Collaborative lightweight robots are a trend in industry. They are comparatively cheap. Developments in the field of machine learning make them increasingly flexible and easier to use. The challenges for research are obvious. The machines must be equipped with cognitive intelligence in order to adap ...+
Robots that collaborate with people without a protective device: collaborative robotics is the future of the production industry. The fields of application of human-robot-collaborations (HRC) are manifold: For example, in the packaging of goods or in the assembly of motors, robots powerfully support ...+
The aim of the project is to enable non-experts with the opportunity to easily teach robots a complex assembly process using natural communication methods. In order for robot systems to learn from a non-expert user, the robot system should first understand the user's intention. In this project, huma ...+
While traditional automation is suitable for repetitive executions, it reaches its limits when robots need to act in a Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) environment. Here challenges like high product and variant diversity, low lot sizes and especially low setup times make it necessary to develop new w ...+
The goal of MMAssist II is a fundamental research and characterization of assistance in a production context. Based on this, optimized assistance systems for future working places focused on the human worker („Human-Centered Workplace“) will be developed, implemented and evaluated in an industri ...+
Motivation systems used in health and leisure contexts rely mainly on screen-based virtual trainers and peers connected via social networks as main motivators. In working contexts, information and gamification concepts are more and more used to increase motivation. The main goal in both areas is to ...+


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