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Thresholds for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration

Human-robot collaboration is growing increasingly common in industrial manufacturing. More and more frequently, humans and robots are sharing a commonly used work areas in which they collaborate directly and interact with each other. Humans are being protected by technical measures such as sensor systems or safe manipulators rather than protective barriers. (06/2016)

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Tactile Sensor Systems

Novel tactile sensor systems are based on pressure sensors dispersed over a surface. They endow technical systems with the capability to detect and spatially  resolve contact and pressure distributions. This makes it possible to equip machines, assistance systems and robots in manufacturing, medical and, in the future, even healthcare and household sectors with pressure sensitive surfaces and interface systems so that they are not only easier to operate but also can interact safely with their environment. (06/2016)

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Projection-based Workplace Monitoring and Intuitive HRI

The vision of humans and machines collaborating together in shared workspaces will become reality in the near future. Wherever protective barriers now separate humans and robots new technologies will be monitoring workspaces and ensuring humans’ safety in the future. (06/2016)

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Workplace Monitoring for HRC with Dynamic Safety Zones and Visualization

Although lightweight robots primarily possess the designs and intrinsic safety functions that meet safety standards for humanrobot cooperation in shared workspaces, the majority of HRC applications require payloads of more than 20 kg and large workspaces to improve ergonomics for workers, thus necessitating
the use of conventional industrial robots. Since the potential danger is substantial, new safety concepts have to be developed to ensure that humans and robots with high payloads cooperate safely. (06/2016)

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Safe Human-Robot-Interaction

In addition to the classic application scenarios for robots in industrial settings, new fields of application are opening up for service robots and assistance systems in manufacturing, the service industry and the household sector. In the future, robots will, for instance, assist with small batch production and mobile robots will take over transport and routine tasks in the household and healthcare sectors. (03/2011)

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Robots: Humans' Reliable Helpers

The Fraunhofer IFF's Robotic Systems Business Unit is already developing tomorrow's robots and their key components in contracted industry projects and publicly funded research projects. The range of robotic applications is no longer isolated to manufacturing. New robot systems are taking over inspection and cleaning tasks for humans in hazardous environments and working directly together with humans. Others share workplaces with humans in offices or households. (03/2011)

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Safe Manipulators for Human-Robot-Interaction

Industrial robots normally consist of high-performance joints joined by rigid coupling elements into a complete manipulator. In principle, such structures harbor a high risk of injury for humans, the moment they are in a robot's area of movement. In its “Safe Human-Robot Interaction” research field, the Fraunhofer IFF is developing, among other things, safe manipulators that entail a low or permissible risk of injury at the most. (05/2012)

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Image Processing for Inspection Tasks

The Emschergenossenschaft and the Fraunhofer IFF have developed novel inspection equipment to map the condition of the future Emscher sewer system. The integration of systems and current findings from image processing research play an important role. (04/2010)

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LiSA: Assistant Robot in Life Science Company Labs

Long banished behind steel barriers, robots are increasingly being implemented as service robots and assistance systems in direct proximity to humans. Fields of application have long ceased to be limited to industrial manufacturing. Applications in lab automation, medical technology and private households are making robots universally implementable systems. (03/2010)

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Automated Sewer Inspection for a Clean Environment

The Emschergenossenschaft has been planning to modernize its existing above ground sewer system since 1990. In the future, subterranean sewers will drain off sewage so that clean water flows in the river Emscher again. One-pipe sewer inspection and cleaning and the resultant savings are only possible with special robotic systems. (04/2009)

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Energy-optimized Manufacturing

Energy and raw materials are some of the major price drivers in industry. Effective and efficient use of energy and resources is thus the key to competitiveness for manufacturers. As a technology partner for manufacturers, we pursue a holistic approach: We analyze companies, from their processes, manufacturing technologies and products up through their energy infrastructures. Building upon that, we develop and implement solutions for energy-optimized manufacturing throughout the entire life cycle. (10/2013)

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Efficient Energy Concepts for the Future

As experts in process and plant engineering, we develop state-of-the-art thermal conversion systems. For our clients, we produce customized plants that recover energy from biomass, biogenic residues or high caloric wastes. (03/2013)

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Smart Energy Systems for a Reliable Supply

Whereas the energy transition means varying availability, more distributed grid components and billions in expenditures to upgrade grids technically for suppliers, operators and contractors, it is nevertheless generating synergies for operators of complex infrastructures, including municipalities, business parks and major companies. They are able to utilize energy in a region collectively. A stable grid that reliably supplies affordable energy is the key. A technology partner, the Fraunhofer IFF delivers solutions that enable you to reliably supply, distribute, store and use energy as electricity, heat, gas or compressed air efficiently. To do so, our researchers factor in expense, location and volatility. Our goal is stable and efficient management of energy systems. (09/2014)

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The Digital Twin: Guaranteeing Your Success

A digital twin is a dynamic model of a system, which replicates the system’s state in real time. A digital twin developed using the Fraunhofer IFF’s methods centrally structures the data acquired in every unit of a company. This makes all of a system’s data directly available anywhere and anytime and the digital twin a custom database of knowledge acquired during process optimization. The methodology uniquely integrates capabilities, functions and unique identifi cation of components in the model in a structured form. This is the key to creating an actual “twin” of reality. It can also be integrated, i.e. throughout the entire product life cycle from the idea through operation and beyond. (04/2017)

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Digital Technologies for Networked Manufacturing

The digitization of the manufacturing world is forging ahead. Small and medium-sized enterprises intent on keeping up with this development are particularly in need of solutions for custom digital technologies and, thus, interfaces to their customers' digital factories. As a technology partner, we develop, configure and integrate digital methods, tools and interfaces for flexible manufacturing. (05/2014)