The setup consists of several robotic arms (Staubli TX0 and TX90, 4X ABB IRB 120, KUKA LRB iiwa), end effectors (including human-robot interaction safe R800 gripper) and a mock-up of a collaborative manufacturing cell equipped with a tactile SAPARO floor. The environment can be easily configured to represent different variations of the manufacturing and robot manipulation scenarios involving both industrial robots and human operators. This installation is particularly useful for research on human-robot cooperation, multi-robot object manipulation, human tracking and detection for ensuring safety, etc. It provides unique opportunities to perform research in manipulative and collaborative robotics with bleeding edge robotic sensors (e.g. the SAPARO floor), and several different manipulators, including the human-safe ones (e.g. KUKA iiwa). As such, it is attractive not only for the research community but also for the industry (especially in the SME segment) which require innovative robotic solutions that are both flexible and safe for humans.
Robots are increasingly integrated into workplaces, with a significant impact on organizational structures and processes as well as by affecting the products and services created by these companies. While robots promise significant benefits for organizations, their introduction presents a variety of design challenges. In this paper, it is proposed the creation of an operator-robot team to perform a complete packing operation. The concept involves an industrial robots team, operator and the industrial environment.
During the project the following tasks are to be considered:
1.Creation of the industrial robots team;
2. Operator co-operation as team leader;
3. Robot team learning with cooperation;
4. Carrying out the packing
5. Dissemination of all information and case studies concerning cooperation between operator and robots team.
The scientific results of the project are:
• Theoretical and experimental research, development of the knowledge base of the advanced robotics as well as the methods of testing, measuring and checking the subassemblies of the prehension devices;
• creation of a team of robots to cooperate in the packing operation coordinated by a human operator;
• the possibility of adapting the automatic packing line to any kind of material for the sack and for different sizes;