Welcome to the LIAA Project

"LIAA aims to keep assembly jobs in Europe by creating and implementing a framework that enables humans and robots to truly work together in assembly tasks."

Example configurations: lean, one or two-armed robot, workplace-sharing System

 

  • Co-working allows the senses and intelligence of the human to be complemented by the strength and endurance of the automation and so obtains the best from each of them,reducing repetitive injuries and costs and enhancing job satisfaction and the average length of time that a worker can continue in the same job.

  • The LIAA Framework will be developed not from theory, but instead from the extensive experience partners have gained through many previous Projects.

  • People will be able to keep track of what the automation is doing and is about to do via an augmented reality (AR) display. The robot will keep track of what the human is doing and is about to do via a dedicated camera-based system and some intelligent prediction algorithms.

  • The direct final outcome of LIAA will be five working co-worker solutions to diverse industrial assembly use cases and a strong unifying framework providing a basis for future co-worker Solutions.

Robotics and Lean Production

Robotic systems are still used almost exclusively in high-volume production. Most initiatives started to make the use of robots more attractive for SMEs focused on the intuitive programming of the robot for completely automated solutions or on engineering complex automation solutions to replace human workers.

"There is a definite lack of applying lean approaches towards human-robot-cooperation solutions!"

While available commercial robot solutions are incompatible with lean production principles, LIAA aims at overcoming precisely that by adopting the traditional Japanese lean principle of Jidoka, which translates to “automation with a human touch”; not in its traditional meaning of the human operator controlling the automation, but rather in the meaning of incorporating the human as part of the automation loop.

Pilot Cases

The outcome of the project will be applicable in many market sectors. However, it is not possible to develop working methods and tools for the whole manufacturing spectrum from the get-go. Consequently, the advancement of the project will be mainly driven by the five pilot cases defined by the industrial users' needs. Nevertheless, the method and tool developers will consider generality and openness as critical characteristics of the development, so that the framework may be later on efficiently transferred to other industrial applications. The pilot cases will provide the opportunity for the LIAA framework to be used in a set of real industrial scenarios.

Five very distinct pilot cases from different market sectors, as well as different players in the value-chain are included within LIAA.

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News

16.01.2014

LIAA 2nd General Assembly

2014-01-16 08:00 CET

From Tuesday, the 10th, till Thursday the 12th of December, the LIAA consortium met at TECNALIA for the 2nd General Assembly in San Sebastian, Spain.

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25.11.2013

MTM-Ananlysis conducted at FISCHER

2013-11-25 08:00 CET

On Monday and Tuesday, the 18/19th of November, representatives from LP and INSYSTEMS visited the FISCHER production facilities in Sasbach, Germany.

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14.03.2014

Workshop "Hybrid Production Systems"

Date: 2014-03-14

Type: Conference

Venue: European Robotics Forum 2014 at Rovereto, Italy

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24.03.2014

LIAA Developers Week

Date: 2014-03-24 till 2014-03-27

Type: internal meeting

Venue: Fraunhofer IPA, Nobelstraße 12, 76569 Stuttgart, Germany

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