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Ultra-flat, ultra-flexible, cost-effective robotic pods for handling legacy in logistics

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Project "ROPOD" data sheet

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Coordinator
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg 

Organization address
address: Grantham-Allee 20
city: Sankt Augustin
postcode: 53757
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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website http://www.ropod.org
 Total cost 3˙926˙375 €
 EC max contribution 3˙494˙825 € (89%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2016-1
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-04-30

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg DE (Sankt Augustin) coordinator 826˙187.00
2    KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN BE (LEUVEN) participant 665˙250.00
3    LOCOMOTEC GMBH DE (LANDSBERG AM LECH) participant 596˙312.00
4    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN NL (EINDHOVEN) participant 569˙937.00
5    AGAPLESION FRANKFURTER DIAKONIE KLINIKEN GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH DE (FRANKFURT AM MAIN) participant 426˙500.00
6    SPECIAAL MACHINEFABRIEK KETELS VOF NL (DRUNEN) participant 410˙637.00

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 Project objective

The market for automatically guided vehicles in logistic applications is growing rather slowly in spite of the market potential that has been forecasted. There are markets and applications, which literally cry for automation by AGVs not only for economic, but also for social reasons: hospitals and care facilities. Irrespective of the burning needs there are major barriers, however, which prevent such automation. Two of them are cost and legacy in existing logistic solutions. Today’s hospital logistic robots are bulky, heavy, and with a price of 50 KEUR for a single vehicle they are very expensive. At the same time these AGVs are often highly specialized and can only deal with few containers or supply carts. In a typical logistic environment there are however, dozens of different containers and such carts. In a nutshell there is a bad need for AGVs, which are low-cost and can deal with a great variety of legacy.

The general objective of this proposal is to develop and implement a disruptive concept for AGVs that lowers the still existing barrier in logistics by offering

* cost-effective, automated or semi-automated indoor transportation of goods,

* while coping with existing legacy in terms of size, shape, and weight of goods and containers,

* without imposing disruptive changes in existing logistic solutions, such as rebuilding entire warehouses or switching to new containers or storage technology.

We will put an equal emphasis on cost-effective as well as on human-friendly automation of logistic tasks. While cost-effectiveness shall be achieved by preferably using and adapting technology designed for mass-markets, human-friendliness shall be achieved by equipping the AGVs with a (semi-)autonomous shared control mode, in which the robot serves as a force amplifier for the human user and thereby reduces the physical strain on the user.

 Deliverables

List of deliverables.
FMEA documentation Documents, reports 2019-10-09 11:30:31
PR material Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-10-09 11:30:26
Overall concept for robustness and dependability Documents, reports 2019-10-09 11:30:29
Project presentation Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-10-09 11:30:24
Specification of test procedures and protocols Open Research Data Pilot 2019-10-09 11:30:29

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

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 A. Mitrevski, S. Thoduka, A. Ortega Sáinz, M. Schöbel, P. Nagel, P. G. Plöger, and E. Prassler
Deploying Robots in Everyday Environments: Towards Dependable and Practical Robotic Systems
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Proc. of the 29th International Workshop on Principles of Diagnosis (DX) 2019-06-11
2018 A. Mitrevski, S. Thoduka, A. Ortega Sáinz, M. Schöbel, P. Nagel, P. G. Plöger, and E. Prassler
Practical Robot Deployment: Towards an Increased Dependability of Robotic Systems
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Proc. 29th Int. Scientific and Technological Conference in Extreme Robotics, 2019-06-11
2018 R. Ravichandran, N. Huebel, S. Blumenthal, and E. Prassler
A Workbench for Quantitative Comparison of Databases in Multi-Robot Applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proc. of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2019-06-11

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