Human-robot collaboration at automatica 2018

Hand guidance makes air trap assembly easier. (Photo: IFA/match)

Match/IFA | The project SafeMate focuses on general implementation strategies for an accepted and safe human-robot collaboration. A team of researchers will present the research work using the exemple of the assembly of a washing machine at automatica 2018 in Munich from 19 to 22 June.

Within the scope of the project SafeMate, the Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA) and the Institute of Assembly Technology (match) is researching in cooperation with nine industrial partners general implementation strategies of collaborative assembly systems. The researchers’ aim is to prepare guidelines that help companies to identify which workplaces are suitable for human-robot collaboration (HRC) and how to get the planning started.

At automatica taking place in Munich from 19 to 22 June 2018, the researchers will present an application in the field of washing machine assembly: Assembling an air trap, a metering part in the washing machine, proved to be particularly difficult. Therefore, a robot will carry out this assembly step in the future.

At the joint stand of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Montage, Handhabung und Industrierobotik (WGMHI), further projects related to HRC and Industry 4.0 will be presented to an interested expert audience.

by Sebastian Blankemeyer

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  • Hand guidance makes air trap assembly easier. (Photo: IFA/match)
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