Problem

Woll, a producer of special machinery based in Saarland, Germany, supplies customized innovative solutions for industry. As an equipment supplier, Woll wanted to tap into the human-robot collaboration (MRC) market.

Objectives

With the support of the Robotix-Academy, the company was able to build up its competencies in the field of HRC and thus significantly reduce its market entry risk. At the Saarbrücken site, Woll was able to learn about the various systems in advance and select the one that was right for them. Together with the Robotix-Academy, Woll succeeded in building and exhibiting a first prototype of an MRK station. In addition to using the APAS robot, innovative user interfaces were also implemented.

Approach

The latest robot technologies and human-machine interfaces were used in the implementation of the prototype. The robot is not programmed in the classical way, but with the help of a component pattern the process is demonstrated by the operator. The sensors of the robot system can recognize the construction of the component pattern and derive a robot program from it. Simple gestures can be used to teach in new product variants and start or stop processes.

Areas of application

This technology is used in the areas of special machine construction and contract manufacturing.