Collaborative working between humans and robots could significantly increase efficiency in the production processes of the future. But there are still a few obstacles impeding industrial application of this technology – such as the risk of accidents and the issue of how service providers can best charge for their smart robots. These are two challenges that the Smart Systems Hub in Dresden is now seeking to tackle as part of its ‘Digital Product Factory’ innovation programme. Dresden chip manufacturer Infineon and software specialists SAP, objective partner and Wandelbots are all participating in the current programme to improve human-machine interactions. Together, the four companies are working to develop a smart production assistant.
The robot’s ‘eyes’ are being created by Infineon, while its ‘muscles’ are the responsibility of Wandelbots, and the ‘nervous system’ is the work of SAP and objective partner. What makes this project unique is the fact that, thanks to sensor fusion, artificial intelligence and the edge cloud, the robot is also able to recognise collaborative tasks and memorise certain work stages. In addition, the technology facilitates digital billing as a complete and scalable business model also known as ‘robot and asset as a service’. The Smart Systems Hub Dresden is designing the virtual and physical spaces for the co-operation, methodologically managing product development, and taking charge of organisation and acquisition of know-how.