Use Cases: Robotics
Do Robots Dream of Smart Production Lines?
Rapidly changing market trends and the increasing demand for highly customised products at competitive prices, adapting dynamically on demand, pose major challenges for production environments nowadays. In this context, robots undoubtedly play a major role as enablers of flexible and agile production lines that are able to cope with these challenges. However, despite cost reductions and the generalised drop in robot prices, the robotisation of production environments still requires large investments that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) can hardly afford.
SMEs often have production lines consisting of multiple phases in which manual and automated operations are clearly separated. Automated phases include one or more systems carefully designed/calibrated to fulfil a very specific purpose and transitions from phase to phase are typically controlled by human supervisors in combination with a rigid hierarchy of control devices. This reality is a major entry barrier for robots, which are highly penalised by their limited interoperability with legacy automation systems and the lack of skilled personnel within the company to install, program or reconfigure them efficiently. It is clear that production lines are dreaming of cheaper and more intelligent robots capable of doing greater things, but… Do robots dream of more digitised and modular production lines that are able to exploit their full potential?
This session will look at some of the main challenges in transforming traditional production lines into agile production lines using robotics technology and how FIWARE may help to materialize this transformation.
17:15 – 17:20 — Francisco Meléndez (Technical Expert & Evangelist, FIWARE Foundation)
17:20 – 17:30 — “Open Middleware Technologies for Smart Robotics” by Jose Antonio Moral Parras (Software & Embedded Systems Engineer, eProsima)
17:30 – 17:40 — “RoboWeldAR: Cognitive Robotic Welding for Smarter Shipbuilding” by Orfeas Kypris (Research And Development Engineer, IKnowHow S.A.)
17:40 – 17:50 — “FIREFIT: Saving Time, Money and Reputation in the Food Industry” by Magno Guedes (RDI Software Development Supervisor, Introsys – Global Control Systems Designers)
17:50 – 18:00 — Q&A Session