The R&D&i team from Sofitec has participated in a new follow-up meeting for the Sherlock project, which was held in the facilities of the software, electronics and industrial mechanics company Fidia in Forli (Italy).
With the goal of promoting collaboration between humans and robots, the member companies of the research consortium are working to develop robotic solutions endowed with artificial intelligence; able to detect humans, interpret human intentions and collaborate efficiently with people to carry out production tasks.
Unlike traditional robotics applications, whose design is solely focused on performance, this new generation of HRC (Human-Robot Collaboration) solutions will also include its own operating system, reasoning about itself and adapting its behavior to these observations.
Sofitec’s role focuses on validation, as an end-user, of the equipment for co-manipulation of large parts, composed of a mobile double-arm manipulator.
To this effect, our team is carrying out activities to define the necessary requirements in order to meet the production standards in the aeronautics sector. This will serve for the design of a robot that adapts to the functions it must carry out when it is implemented in the production chain.
At the moment, progress has been made in demonstrations with laboratory-level testing of a stationary robot functioning with a single arm in the co-manipulation between robot and operator of an elemental aeronautics part.
The significantly satisfactory results of these tests promise an adequate achievement of the Project, where eventually a mobile robot will be validated for use in Sofitec’s production facilities.
Sherlock is a joint innovation program financed by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 Frame Program, in which a total of 15 technological and industrial entities are participating, among them Sofitec.
The overall objective is to introduce new technologies into the production environment, such as collaborative robotic arms, exoskeletons and mobile manipulators that are improved with intelligent mechatronics and cognition based on artificial intelligence.
To this end, the “Sherlock solution” is tested and validated in a total of 4 pilot cases, one of those being the case that we have referenced in this article.