Safe human-machine collaboration

Mobile robot tests dishwashers in continuous operation

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Open the door, load the dirty dishes, add detergent, and restart the cycle: dishwashers have to complete hundreds of challenging test cycles before they can be relied upon to perform in day-to-day operation. To make things easier for the personnel carrying out these tests, a new mobile robot system was developed at the Fraunhofer IPA on behalf of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH). The robot takes over all aspects of operating the machine. One of the focal points was user safety: the safety concept includes the use of laser scanners to protect the working area while allowing the robot’s hand to be inserted with the help of an enable switch. Continue reading

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Robot equipped with SICK sensors wins Belgian Robotics Championship 2012

The Belgian Robotics Championship, organized by the PASS, is a compelling competition where autonomous robots, designed by engineers and university students, compete against each other. The goal of the competition is to build, as a team, a robot that can move on a playing field to carry out the requested commands as well as possible. The 3 best teams will represent Belgium at the international Eurobot final. Robots equipped with SICK sensors ranked 1st and 2nd in the Belgian Robotics Championship for students. Continue reading