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Mobile dual arm robotic workers with embedded cognition for hybrid and dynamically reconfigurable manufacturing systems

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Project "THOMAS" data sheet

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postcode: 265 04

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙624˙225 €
 EC max contribution 4˙510˙700 € (80%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Technologies for Factories of the Future)
 Code Call H2020-FOF-2016
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2020-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    PANEPISTIMIO PATRON EL (RIO PATRAS) coordinator 1˙038˙750.00
3    SICK AG DE (WALDKIRCH) participant 747˙600.00
5    DGH ROBOTICA, AUTOMATIZACION Y MANTENIMIENTO INDUSTRIAL SA ES (Boecillo (Valladolid)) participant 447˙212.00
6    PSA AUTOMOBILES SA FR (POISSY) participant 386˙225.00
7    ROBOCEPTION GMBH DE (MUENCHEN) participant 350˙875.00
8    Aernnova Aerospace S.A.U. ES (MIÑANO (ALAVA)) participant 198˙187.00


 Project objective

The productivity of the serial production model is compromised by the need to perform changes in the production equipment that cannot support multiple operations in dynamic environments. Low cost labour is no longer an option for EU manufacturers due to the fast rise of wages and the increasing costs of energy and logistics. Manual tasks cannot be fully automated with a good ratio of cost vs robustness using standard robots due to: high product variability, dedicated process equipment and high cost of maintenance by expert users. The answer to this challenge lays in the creation of production concepts that base their operation on the autonomy and collaboration between production resources. The vision of THOMAS is: “to create a dynamically reconfigurable shopfloor utilizing autonomous, mobile dual arm robots that are able to perceive their environment and through reasoning, cooperate with each other and with other production resources including human operators”. The objective of THOMAS are to: - Enable mobility on products and resources. Introducing mobile robots able to navigate in the shopfloor and utilize dexterous tooling to perform multiple operations. - Enabling perception of the task and the environment using a) the individual resource’s and b) collaborative perception by combining sensors of multiple resources - Dynamic balancing of workload. Allowing the resources to communicate over a common network and automatically adjust their behaviour by sharing or reallocating tasks dynamically. - Fast programming and automatic execution of new tasks by a) automatically generating the robot program for new products and b) applying skills over the perceived environment to determine required adaptations - Safe human robot collaboration, eliminating physical barriers, by introducing cognitive abilities that allow the detection of humans and their intentions THOMAS will demonstrate and validate its developments in the automotive and the aeronautics industrial sectors.


List of deliverables.
THOMAS mobile robot navigation and docking modules – Final Version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:54:44
THOMAS Station Controller – Final Version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:50:39
Perception enabled navigation and docking for mobile robots: Initial prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:12
THOMAS Generalised and robust skills – Final Version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:12
THOMAS public web portal Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-01-14 15:50:32
Perception skills for process execution – Final Version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:09
THOMAS Open Production Station– First Prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:10
THOMAS safe collaboration systems – Final Version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:10
THOMAS simplified programming framework-Final version Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-01-14 15:51:14
THOMAS Skills implementation – Initial prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:14
Improved easy programming framework – Initial Prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:14
Environment and process reasoning modules- Initial prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:14
THOMAS service oriented network of resources – Initial prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:13
THOMAS safety system - Initial Prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:14
Human detection and tracking – Initial Prototype Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-18 19:38:14

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of THOMAS deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Niki Kousi, Christos Stoubos, Christos Gkournelos, George Michalos, Sotiris Makris
Enabling Human Robot Interaction in flexible robotic assembly lines: an Augmented Reality based software suite
published pages: 1429-1434, ISSN: 2212-8271, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2019.04.328
Procedia CIRP 81 2019-12-16
2019 Niki Kousi, Christos Gkournelos, Sotiris Aivaliotis, Christos Giannoulis, George Michalos, Sotiris Makris
Digital twin for adaptation of robots’ behavior in flexible robotic assembly lines
published pages: 121-126, ISSN: 2351-9789, DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2018.12.020
Procedia Manufacturing 28 2019-12-16
2017 Dr. Sotiris Makris
THOMAS - Mobile dual arm robotic workers with embedded cognition for hybrid and dynamically reconfigurable manufacturing systems
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FoF Community Day 2017 Workshop 2019-07-18
2018 Niki Kousi, George Michalos, Sotirios Aivaliotis, Sotiris Makris
An outlook on future assembly systems introducing robotic mobile dual arm workers
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51st CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems 2019-07-18
2018 Christos Gkournelos, Panagiotis Karagiannis, Niki Kousi, George Michalos, Spyridon Koukas, Sotiris Makris
Application of Wearable Devices for Supporting Operators in Human-Robot Cooperative Assembly Tasks
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7th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems 2019-07-18
2018 Dr. George Michalos
Flexible manipulation using dual arm robots
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European Robotis Forum 2018 - 5th Workshop on Hybrid Production Systems 2019-07-18

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