The FZI Demonstrates the Interaction of Five Robots from Different Manufacturerss

Karlsruhe researchers are at the International Expert Days on Service Robotics from 28.2. until 1.3. / The FZI shows interaction based on ROS-Industrial

Karlsruhe, 27.02.2018 – This year, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology presents, at the International Expert Days on Service Robotics of Schunk GmbH & Co.KG, a coordinate interaction of five robots and two production lines in cooperation with ROS-Industrial, a robotics software framework based on open source. The robots of the "Conveyor Bot 4.0" compile individually commissioned packets of various articles. Furthermore, the system is able to analyse current stocks.

On the "Conveyor Bot 4.0" the visitor orders the desired articles on an intuitive, web-based user surface at first. Subsequently robots compile the individual order and put them in a cardboard box. Up to four of the entire six articles that are available can be put together in an individual order.

The autonomous management of logistics, the so-called "GoodyManager", also checks which articles have been requested by the user and whether these are available in stock. The “GoodyManager” constantly determines and tracks the current position of the cardboard box on the production line and synchronises the robot movements with its speed. In contrast to conventional automation solutions, the belt speed can be changed freely on this highly flexible process. Robots adjust their movements automatically to the new belt speed and can thus put the articles safely in the moving box.

One of the five robot arms of the "Conveyor Bot 4.0" and four of the five gripper are from Schunk. Together with robots from other manufacturers they coordinately solve commissioning tasks. The "Conveyor Bot 4.0" demonstrates thereby the FZI's expertise in combining various robot components into an innovative, flexible logistics application, independent from the manufacturer by using ROS-Industrial, which is increasingly required for example in e-commerce.

The "Conveyor Bot 4.0" can be seen in action at the 10th International Expert Days on Service Robotics of Schunk GmbH from February, 28 to March 1, 2018.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 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. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

Further Information

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