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SMErobot: A new generation of robots for small and medium-sized enterprises at Automatica 2008
Date:2/28/2008

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The project is also giving rise to technologies and tools aimed at helping industrial robotics to make a breakthrough into small and medium-sized enterprises: in future, the previously used, complex cables and wires will be replaced by modern plug-and-play technologies that can quickly configure machines and systems and put them into productive operation. Electric actuators with an extremely high power-to-weight ratio will be presented. They form the basis for new high-performance robot kinematics. Compared with the systems normally used at present, microsystem-based force sensors can be realized at a fraction of the cost, thereby broadening the range of application for robots, especially in connection with delicate production operations.

Costing and profitability assessments are carried out by means of a user-friendly, computerized life cycle costing tool for automation solutions in small and medium-sized enterprises. The SMErobot toolbox offers a variety of self-explanatory training modules and checklists that support the development and implementation of the new generation of SMErobot technology.

The new generation of robots developed by SMErobot is intended to meet three objectives so as to address the specific needs of small and medium-sized businesses:

  1. the robot should be able to understand easy-to-learn, intuitive commands,
  2. it should satisfy all safety requirements, so that it can share a workplace with human colleagues, and
  3. it should be capable of being installed and taken into operation within three days.

Through the flexible combination of individual modules, the aim is to lower the investment and operating costs to one-third in comparison with present-day solutions.

Nor is SMErobot confined to developing the hardware and software. The project also involves the development of new, SME
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Contact: Corinna Noltenius
noltenius@gps-stuttgart.de
49-711-687-03144
GPS Gesellschaft fuer Produktionssysteme GmbH
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