2013-09-02 08:00 CET
Today marks the official start date of the LIAA project. The project aims at developing a software framework, which enables the development of solutions for the use of robots on assembly shop floors in close cooperation with human workers.
The envisioned robot system solutions combine the advantages of robots for achieving high productivity in structured environments and the capability of humans to adapt quickly in unstructured Environments. Thus, the LIAA solutions reduce the need to invest in expensive equipment to help the robot cope with an unstructured environment, and at the same time avoid strenuous and repetitive work that wastes the human capabilities and damages the human body.
LIAA is dedicated to developing a framework that can be applied in industrial settings. Certifiable safety is the most important precondition for a robot system to be applied to an industrial setting. Available solutions that fulfill the requirements imposed by current safety standardization have either limited performance or very limited human-robot-cooperation, probably because 3D sensors are not yet available that allow for a dynamic AND safe determination of the distance between human and robot. The LIAA consortium believes that this technology will be available within the next few years because there are heavily financed developments under way that are driven e.g. by the automotive industries need for such sensors as part of driverless cars. LIAA will operate under the working assumption that safe dynamic 3D sensing will be available soon (in fact several new inexpensive safe sensors are scheduled to be offered on the market in 2013) and therefore, LIAA will dedicate its efforts to applying these sensors for symbiotic human-robot assembly.
The development of the LIAA framework will be driven by the requirements of the up-to-now manual pilot cases. The requirements of ALL pilot cases will be collected, consolidated and transformed into the specifications of one common LIAA framework. This one common LIAA framework will then be developed and implemented by all partners together such that it fulfills the requirements of all pilot cases and can be used to implement symbiotic human-robot-cooperation solutions for all pilot cases. The diversity of the pilot cases as well as the input and feedback of the LIAA extended circle will ensure the generality of the concept and thus the applicability of the LIAA framework to a broad range of industrial sectors and applications.