A través de la iniciativa InteX “Next Generation Al Based Testbeds for Wearable Robotics” creamos e implementamos bancos de pruebas instrumentados y modulares: se utilizan para simular el proceso de fabricación específico del cliente, así como para valorar el rendimiento del exoesqueleto en ciertas tareas. Los bancos de prueba permiten la medición cuantitativa del valor añadido de un exoesqueleto sin la necesidad de realizar pruebas in situ; que resultan costosas y consumen mucho tiempo en las instalaciones del fabricante.
Gracias a esta iniciativa, CTAG capitalizará los resultados del proyecto TestEd y la patente P201930911 “Sistema para la realización de pruebas de exoesqueletos en un entorno controlado”.
El uso de exoesqueletos es cada vez más creciente en el ámbito industrial. Mejora la ergonomía del puesto de trabajo y optimiza el sistema productivo. Sin embargo, antes de que las empresas puedan beneficiarse de las ventajas del uso de exoesqueletos, es necesario validar previamente que están preparados para las tareas específicas a realizar por parte del usuario final.
Por lo tanto, habrá que llevar a cabo una evaluación previa y exhaustiva de múltiples factores, así como la evaluación del impacto en la introducción de exoesqueletos en los lugares de trabajo.
Nuestras plataformas están diseñadas para evaluar y mejorar la seguridad, usabilidad y el rendimiento de los exoesqueletos, a la vez que ayudan a promover su adopción y aceptación, inspirando la confianza del usuario final.
Intex es una iniciativa co-financiada por el EIT Manufacturing, en la que además de CTAG participan también Tecnalia, COMAU, IUVO, Acciona Construcción y la Universidad libre de Bruselas.
CTAG, together with the Organización de Palangreros Guardeses (OR.PA.GU), has received funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the development of the AUTOPESCA project.
The big challenge in the primary sector, to which fishing belongs, is that complete automation requires uniformity in the product. As no two fish are the same, it is very difficult to fully automate, so in the end the human factor has to be involved, which limits access to these jobs to people with certain physical conditions, capable of making great physical efforts.
The solution proposed by this project includes, among other technological advances, the evaluation by CTAG of the use of exoskeletons for the activities carried out on board fishing vessels, with the aim of reducing the physical burden on workers and avoiding musculoskeletal injuries.
The AUTOPESCA project is a project subsidised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food within the framework of Royal Decree 685/2021, of 3 August, which establishes the regulatory bases for subsidies to groups of entities that carry out investment and reform projects in research for technological development, innovation and the balance of the marketing chain in the fisheries and aquaculture sector within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, opened for 2021.
ORPAGU: 313.255,26 €
CTAG: 239.577,77 €
The EUROBENCH European project will finance TestEd – Benchmark for Benchmarking Industrial Exoskeleton Technology: Testbed and Software routine development for a scenario “Moving in Narrow Space”. This project, led by CTAG’s Processes and FoF Department, proposes the development of a reconfigurable testbed and methodology based on the local and global performance metrics of industrial exoskeletons. We aim to link these metrics with the main stakeholder goals and objectives in order to facilitate seamless and cost-effective implementation of industrial exoskeleton technology.
In short, TestEd aims to reduce the testing time by 30% from the selection phase to the implementation phase of an industrial exoskeleton by designing a testbed and software routines for “Moving in Narrow Spaces”.
“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, via an Open Call issued and executed under Project EUROBENCH (grant agreement No 779963)”
For more information on the project, visit http://eurobench2020.eu/
CTAG participates today in a solidarity event in favour of the Asociación Bicos de Papel, whose objective is the construction of a park in the pediatric oncology area of the Álvaro Cunqueiro Hospital in Vigo. The event will be held in Pazo Los Escudos from 4:00 p.m.
The event, organized by ToolMaker magazine, consists of two parts, a technical conference and a solidarity dinner. It is focused on Industry 4.0 and brings together speakers and experts from the sector. There is an exhibition area in which prominent local companies will show their innovations and technologies in fields such as automation or industrial robotics. CTAG will be represented by the experts in exoskeletons of the Processes and Materials Division, who will show the attendees their latest advances in this field.
You can check the complete programme at https://unparqueparabicosdepapel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Programa_Jornada_Bicos_30-mayo.pdf
CTAG present at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2019)
Representatives of CTAG visit Bucharest these days to participate in the European Robotics Forum. This is the most influential meeting of the robotic community in Europe, which brings together researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs and other professionals in the sector to discuss current issues in European robotics. Specialists from more than 40 countries attend this year’s edition, with a special focus on innovation strategies and on the future impact of robotics in the world.
The industrial exoskeleton is one of the research areas in the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 at CTAG, where tests with diverse prototypes are carried out with the objective of improving the conditions of the worker in industrial plants.
The process can be divided into four phases: solution identification, laboratory validation, pilot testing and in-line testing. CTAG has implemented this test process in assembly plants for four exoskeletons, with different applications for the back, shoulder and hand. One of these projects has recently been awarded, together with Groupe PSA, recognising the work of both organisations in the development and implementation of a methodology that allows the validation of exoskeletons as support systems for industrial production line workers.
The event is held on March 20, 21 and 22 in Bucharest (Romania).
For more information about ERF2019 please visit https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_forum/
CTAG’s team serves as a bridge between industrial OEMs and exoskeleton manufacturers with the aim of improving the next generation of devices. It covers different areas, from analysis, validation and verification, to implementation at client sites and product improvement.
In addition, it contributes to the development of benchmarking and standardization. CTAG is part of the ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits, a voluntary standard development initiative for devices such as exoskeletons and exosuits.
F48 has defined a series of technical subcommittees to develop standards in the areas of safety, quality, performance, ergonomics and terminology for systems and components.
CTAG will be involved in the following specific areas:
- WK62649 Collaboration New Standard | Labeling and Information for Exoskeletons and Exosuits
- WK60882 Collaboration New Standard | Exoskeletons and Exosuits
The F48 standards will be published in the ASTM Annual Book of Standards, Volume 15.08.
For more information about this project please visit https://www.astm.org/COMMITTEE/F48.htm
Experts of CTAG’s Processes Department analyze the appropriation and efficiency in the processes of these devices in a study being performed at Groupe PSA site in Vigo.
The exoskeletons are devices that facilitate assistance to the muscular activity of certain anatomical areas through active means (with energy) or passive means (with mechanical redistribution to other muscular areas), thus contributing to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
For more details, please refer to the information published by Groupe PSA: https://site.groupe-psa.com/vigo/es/actualidad/actividad/el-centro-de-vigo-realiza-pruebas-de-dispositivos-de-asistencia-fisica-exoesqueletos/