©naftemporiki.gr ARMAR-6 was developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and specifically by Tamif Asphour and his team at the H²T workshop
A prototype robot -designed to act as the basic platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of equipment in Ocado Technology’s automated warehousing, with robotic assistants- was presented last week by the Second Hands project.
ARMAR-6 was developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and specifically by Tamif Asphour and his team at the H²T workshop. Second Hand is an EU-funded project aimed at developing a robotic assistant-partner (collaborative robot (CoBot)), that can help maintenance technicians in the highly automated Ocado warehouses, which are known as CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centers). In fact, this robot will be a second pair of hands to assist technicians when they need some kind of help. The robot will “learn” through observation and, as stated in a company announcement, will increase people’s abilities by completing tasks that require a level of precision and physical strength that people do not have.
The prototype has been delivered to the Ocado Technology robotics research laboratory, where experiments are conducted to evaluate the research results from all the programs in which the company participates.
More generally, cobots are a fast-growing industry robot market: According to the World Robotics Report, published last year by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), industrial robots are projected to grow by 15% in 2018.
This growing use of robots in a wide range of applications accompanies the faster-than-expected growth of the global economy and the acceleration of business cycles: As robots evolve from industrial machines that perform repetitive work on complex systems running on neural networks, programs such as Second Hands aim at solving one of the biggest challenges currently in robotics, the development of cooperative robots that a can intelligently and safely interact with people working in real factory environments.
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