The FZI at MOTEK 2019: Experiencing Current Developments from Applied Research in Information Technology at Two Locations

With a 3D printing demonstrator, the FZI will present how current robotics and traditional manufacturing technologies establish symbioses, the presentation of the project Sim2Log will demonstrate new opportunities in the logistics sector by means of virtual and augmented reality and innovations will be presented with the prototype of one of the walking robot LAURON's legs of the sixth generation. At the Arena of Integration, the FZI will demonstrate how big data environments can be developed and analysed.

Karlsruhe, 26.09.2019 – The FZI Research Center for Information Technology will present itself at the 38th Motek in Stuttgart from October 7 to 10, 2019 at two locations at the same time. On the booth of the FZI at the international trade fair for automation in production and assembly, visitors can inform themselves about intuitive tools for the human-robot interaction (HRI) in logistics as well as so-called cyber-physical systems in hall 7. Researchers of the FZI will present innovative solutions around edge computing from data connection to data analysis at the Arena of Integration in hall 6.

At hall 7, booth 7427, the FZI will present the following exhibits and projects:

3D printing: Service robotics and traditional manufacturing technologies go hand in hand

At the FZI booth, there will be an application construction exhibited that combines current robotics with traditional manufacturing technologies, like additive manufacturing: Whereas a large number of 3D printers print the corresponding products, a robot monitors the printing progress by means of a camera for errors and automatically discharges successful printing processes. For such an integration of a production machine into the world of service robotics, all machines have to be able to communicate with each other or have to be controlled appropriately. All data flow together at a point, at which it is decided whether the
printing process was successful and the next process can be started.  By means of modern image processing it is examined whether an error exists that could jeopardise the completion of the job. Complex inspection rounds are thus no longer necessary and humans only have to intervene in the case of actual errors. Furthermore, resources can be saved or become available, if errors are detected at an early stage and the impacts are eliminated by adjusting the parameters, for example.

Sim2Log VR: Validation and programming in the logistics sector by means of virtual and augmented reality

The project Sim2Log VR was launched with the objective of improving the automation and planning in the logistics sector. Employees are enabled to quickly plan, programme and validate robotic applications by means of virtual and augmented reality. How such VR and AR systems are used, on the one hand, and how people without any robotics experience can easily programme a robot, on the other hand, will be demonstrated at the FZI booth: Workflows of the process are visualised, in order to give users a feedback on the current implementation. Adjustments in the process – such as the type of the components, which have to be moved or the speed of robots and treadmills  – can be made and tested via simple interfaces. The updates of the virtual environment enable the user to see the results of these changes and the resulting cycle time.

LAURON: Six-legged walking robot in its sixth generation

The bio-inspired walking robot LAURON was developed on the basis of the model of the Indian stick insect at the FZI, in order to examine stable walking in difficult and rough terrain. Since last year, the sixth generation is being developed, whereby the focus is set on a stronger actuating technology as well as an extended sensor package. At the booth of the FZI, a prototype of one of LAURON's legs is exhibited, in order demonstrate the early design of kinematics as well as the movement scope of the limbs. The built-in Anydrives are equipped with a serial flexible spring system, which can
ride hard blows. The robot thus becomes more robust in general. With its robust hardware, flexible, behaviour-based control as well its numerous sensor systems, the walking robot is particularly suitable for inspection and service tasks in unstructured or impassable terrains as well as terrains that are dangerous for humans. For example, clearing landmines, exploring volcanoes or searching for buried persons as part of search-and-rescue missions after natural disasters are possible deployment scenarios.

The FZI at the Arena of Integration, hall 6

At the Arena of Integration (AoI), the FZI will show innovative solutions around edge computing from data connection to data analysis for manufacturing companies. Together with the Landesnetzwerk Mechatronik BW (state network Mechatronics Baden-Württemberg) and its members, the integration of various application possibilities of AoI will be shown: Within minutes, real-time data of various machines of the AoI will be transferred into the cloud and directly as well as simply analysed by means of the open source application StreamPipes, developed at the FZI. The focus is particularly set on the simple handling of data through professional
users without technical expertise.

The FZI in the presentation programme of Motek 2019 on Wednesday October 9, 2019

10:00-10:30 a.m., hall 6, booth 6124, Arena of Communication
Prof. Dr. rer. nat Wilhelm Stork: Integrated Digitalisation in the Industry

14:30-15:00 p.m., hall 6, booth 6124, Arena of Communication
Dr.-Ing. Dominik Riemer: Self-Service-IoT-Data Analysis with StreamPipes

Press conference on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in hall 7, booth 7427

We cordially invite you to an on-site press conference on October 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.: Researchers of the FZI will inform you about the FZI presentation in hall 7, booth 7427 and gladly answer your questions around the work of the FZI in the field of automation research.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. The FZI is the innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Further information

Julia Feilen, Communications
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en