Robotics Research Innovations – the FZI at Motek

Collaborative human-robot workspace / CAD-2-PATH application for easy robot programming in industrial contexts / Contract research for industry and economy

Karlsruhe, 04.10.2017 – A workplace where humans and robots can collaborate and a web-based CAD-2-PATH application that creates complex robot paths by intuitively drawing on a tablet: At the fair stand of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology at Motek (exhibition hall 7, booth 7428) taking place from October 9 to 12 in Stuttgart, Germany, the visitors can learn about innovative approaches for the increase of efficiency of robotic applications and the work of the FZI in the field of automation research.

On the basis of two robot cells, FZI researchers will show current research findings in the field of robotics at the trade fair. A collaborative human-robot workplace for screw-on mounting of mechatronic components will be presented. The efficient cooperation is enabled by highly parallel algorithms for collision detection as well as dynamic task scheduling between human and robot. The intelligent workspace monitoring identifies potential collisions in the motion range of the robot before they happen and thus prevents the robot from constantly waiting or stopping.

Furthermore, the FZI will show a web-based CAD-2-PATH application in Stuttgart. This tool allows the transmission of a 2D path drawn by a human on complex component surfaces, such as a car door. The created path is independent of a specific robot and can be directly and easily adjusted via a tablet. The ROS-Industrial interfaces allow the FZI to follow the paths with a lightweight robot. Uneven or strongly curved surfaces can also be handled thanks to adaptive force control. The innovation created by the Karlsruhe researchers especially accelerates the programming of surface-based paths, such as in welding, deburring or gluing applications. Thanks to the realisation in intuitive web applications, no knowledge of CAD is necessary and the paths can be directly created or adjusted during production. With the CAD-2-PATH tool, the researchers took second place last year in the context of the freestyle challenge of the EuRoC Challenge.

The FZI is participating in Motek for the second time. The fair is one of the most important trade fairs worldwide in the field of production and assembly automation. The FZI cooperates with industrial partners in the development of robot-assisted systems.

Please find further information about the research sector Automation and Robotics as well as about publicly funded or directly commissioned projects on the FZI homepage.

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 represents 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 of the FZI is located in Karlsruhe. The FZI has a branch office located in Berlin.

Further information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Research Center for Information Technolgy
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de