CTAG announces the launch of the ITHACA project (AutomotIon of THe electricAl vechicle ChArging), which aims to develop a safer and more efficient electric vehicle charging process through robotization, in order to facilitate access and use by vulnerable groups.
ITHACA is integrated into the framework of the European SMART4ALL H2020 Project (GA No. 872614), as a winner of the third open call for cascade funding. Its launch seeks to build capacity among EU member countries through the development of self-sustained cross-border experiments for knowledge and technology transfer between academia and industry.
The project is led by the Bulgarian company IKEM and managed by INFOCOM, which will also coordinate sustainability, market and dissemination activities.
CTAG will contribute to the development of a robotic solution for plugging and unplugging the charger, sharing its extensive experience in developing innovations for the Factory of the Future.
The project will run from April to December 2023.
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Representantes de CTAG visitarán la ciudad de Rotterdam para participar en el European Robotics Forum. Se trata de la reunión más influyente de la comunidad robótica y de la IA en Europa, en la que personal investigador, profesionales de la ingeniería y del sector empresarial debaten los temas de actualidad en la robótica europea. La edición de este año, primera en formato físico tras la crisis del COVID-19, tiene un enfoque especial en sostenibilidad.
CTAG busca conocer las últimas novedades del sector, potenciar el networking, así como compartir los resultados de proyectos en curso, como CELL-OS (en ZDMP), PREMAR (en EFPF), INTEX (EIT-M), SMARTFLEXCELL (EIT-M), AUTOPESCA, FACENDO 4.0, y los recién terminados TESTED2 (EUROBENCH) o QUALIS (MARKET 4.0). La actividad en Industria 4.0 es la más relacionada con el evento, lo que incluye sus tres líneas principales: la fábrica hiperflexible, la fábrica inteligente y la fábrica humana.
El evento se celebra los días 28, 29 y 30 de junio en Rotterdam (Países Bajos).
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Although the use of industrial robotics in the automotive industry is mainstream, there are still parts of the production process which need human intervention, especially in manipulating fragile parts or while assembling components which demand increased dexterity. These manual tasks increase the production time and reduce the flexibility of the production line and the quality of the end product. TRAINMAN-MAGOS aims to deal with this challenge by providing a novel, agile and flexible solution.
CTAG, together with the Greek company Quanta and Qualia, will develop an innovative solution that will make it possible to optimize the robotic programming of complex trajectories carried out by the hand of the operator. It will also improve ergonomics by eliminating operations with high muscle loads due to complex movements.
This demonstrator is part of a sub-project that has indirectly received funding from the European Unions H2020 research and innovation programme via an Open Call issued and executed under project TRINITY (grant agreement No 825196)
For more information about this project please visit https://trinityrobotics.eu/
The two leading technology centres in Spain have reached an agreement to offer their joint expertise and face the challenges of advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and robotics in the mobility sector. These are the Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG) and the research and technological development centre TECNALIA, which have sealed their collaboration with the virtually formalised signature of an agreement between Óscar Fernández Besteiro, president of CTAG, and Emiliano López Atxurra, president of TECNALIA.
The objective of the collaboration in which more than 1,500 researchers from both centres will work together, is to propose comprehensive services to complement the offer and capacities of the companies in the sector. To do so, CTAG and TECNALIA will offer companies new solutions and results through R&D and Innovation projects in the fields of mobility and advanced manufacturing, as well as activities that foster the creation of new technology-based companies. They will also be able to share the state-of-the-art facilities at each centre and move forward together in the provision of advanced services.
It is worth highlighting the following initiatives: first of all, as a result of the knowledge and experience of both centres in the field of robotics and exoskeletons, new solutions to improve the ergonomic conditions of operators will be developed. Secondly, new developments for the automation of special vehicles in different environments, such as ports, airports and industrial estates will be enhanced. They will also implement a joint strategy for the development of the electric car and its components, among others.
Furthermore, through this collaboration, both organisations will strengthen and increase their talent volume in areas of specialisation, such as the automotive industry, manufacturing or digitalisation, becoming a national and European benchmark in these areas.
For further information please download the press release about the agreement.
CTAG, through the CO-GUIDING Project, will perform the risk assessment implementing ISO12100 and will base the risk estimation on rigorous tests in a simulated (almost real) environment. In addition, it will validate the main safety skills adopted as a risk reduction measure, contributing to a safety protocol and a new test method.
CO-GUIDING is a new technical challenge for CTAG. The goal of CO-GUIDING is to improve safety in the assisted guiding of the collaborative door assembly system (CDAS), while an operator handles the complex trajectories and the quality of the finish and the robot handles the weight and accuracy of the door.
The project, which started on July 15, 2019, will last for nine months and will have the technical assistance of the CEA interactive robotics laboratory.
COVR is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant agreement No 779966
For more information about the project please visit http://safearoundrobots.com/
CTAG will participate in the Industrial Automation Conferences (JAI2018) to show its innovations in the field of BIG DATA research, within the European project LICORNE (LIssage de COrdons Robotisé Novateur Expert).
LICORNE aims to optimise the application processes of body coatings, for which the sealing material is applied with a subsequent removal of the excess quantity (bead forming), in a way that always ensures the functionality of the application.
The project is led by PSA Groupe, with the participation of the following companies together with CTAG: Clemessy (France), working in the fields of robotics and machine vision; Ringler (Germany), offering solutions for the removal of excess material; and IS2M (France), which works in the field of materials to ensure properties that stabilize the process.
CTAG, which participates in the project in the field of BIG DATA, will explain at the conference the progress in the application of this technology. This system will inform the people in charge of the operation of the installation about the most suitable parameters, which allow the stability in the application of these coatings regardless of variations in the properties of the material, the process and the environmental parameters. It traces the information from the welding process to the bead forming process.
CTAG’s development also includes an information system for the monitoring, sharing and visualization of all collected data.
JAI2018 will take place at the Assembly Hall of the School of Industrial Engineering of Vigo (University Campus) from March 12th to 16th.
For more information about JAI2018 please visit http://jai2018.webs.uvigo.es/
CTAG will share its experience in the development of exoskeletons for the industry on March 14, in the session “Wearable robots in industry: moving out of the lab” organized by COST workshop on Wearable Robots.
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.
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.
ERF is the most influential meeting of robotic community in Europe, which brings together researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs and business personnel to discuss topics which have an immediate impact on the European robotics.
The event will take place on 13, 14 and 15 March in Tampere (Finland).
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