Technology Sheets

Connected machines for Industry 4.0, ready now or in the future?

Industry 4.0 is built around the exchange of information between machines and higher-level systems. Connected machines and far-reaching digitisation ensure that manufacturing companies can make their production lines more flexible, secure and autonomous. For machine builders, connected machines offer the potential to develop digitally supported services.

Co-Manipulation of long parts using a collaborative mobile manipulator

Robots are often part of cells where high precision tasks may be performed, such as assembly, welding, pick and place that are often complex and repetitive. Being an integral part of the Industry 4.0 new paradigm, collaborative robots have started to be integrated in smart manufacturing eco-systems.

Semantic Understanding of Collaborative Robotic Workspaces

The emerging Industry 4.0 paradigm facilitates intelligent factories where machines, robots and human workers work side by side. Collaboration between these entities in a factory environment allows having higher throughput with the ability to perform complex processes which needs multiple skills from robots as well as humans.

Is it possible to polish to a mirror finish using a cobot?

Good polishing experts are hard to find and that is not about to change. The work requires knowledge and experience, is time-consuming, expensive, monotonous and stressful, and takes place in an unhealthy environment. The need for experts is especially acute in the mould construction business.

Part recognition and classification

Many manufacturing companies have identified a critical manual quality visual inspection check within their manufacturing workflow as a process that is repetitive, time consuming and open to errors. In the aerospace sector, for example, every part that is manufactured is machined in pairs, left and right.

Autonomous integration of an external asset to an assembly line

Suppose the most critical asset of an assembly line is incapable to handle a temporary surge of demand or worse it is out of order. One solution to address such a scenario would be to have a fully automatic and versatile Plug and Produce (PnP) system, ready on standby that can be summoned to the assembly line.

Watch file on the machining of metallic glasses

This study deals with developments in the field of metal lens machining since the 1980s, through scientific articles and patents.

The evolution of the number of patents and publications is illustrated as well as their countries of origin. The main actors are listed.