Factory in a Day

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  • Status: Completed

  • Reference: FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF
  • Topics: Multi-Robot System, Industry 4.0, Factory of the Future.

Project description

The Factory in a Day’s goal is to reduce the system integration time of a robotics solution to one single day. The project is focused on making profitable the automatization of temporary product lines for SMEs that constantly need to modify or change the production and find it difficult to capitalize the investment.

Robotics have a big role in this: this futuristic product lines need very simple robots that can be quickly modified and rapidly adjust to the new needs. The Factory in a Day’s aim requires a big simplification of the machinery to make it possible. This is applied to the software too: it must be compatible with any platform and easy to self-calibrate.

The implementation process of a Factory in a Day product line is the following:

  1. First, there is an analysis of the workflow of the factory and the tasks that robots could perform in a short batch production are defined.
  2. Second, the specific components are designed and 3D printed with Additive Manufacturing. Those parts are attached to highly adaptive gripper modules or to parts of the robots.
  3. Third, the robots are shipped to the factory and after that, all robots and systems are deployed in about two hours. All the machines are connected to the same software.
  4. Fourth, the robots are configured and learn the actions they have to do, with a minimal information required. This process aims to be accomplished in only one day. The idea is that robots do most of the repetitive work and that humans focus on the remaining hard-to-automate tasks.
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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 609206.