Robotic tEchnologies for the Manipulation of cOmplex DeformablE Linear objects



REMODEL will enable new production environments, where the manufacturing of complex products composed of multiple wires and cables by means of dual-arm robots is not only possible, but fully integrated with the product design chain. This result will be achieved by exploiting the result of a previous project called WIRES, were basic tools for the manipulation of electric wires have been developed. Moreover, new perception and interaction capabilities will be embedded into the robot to be effective in the industrial manufacturing scenario. REMODEL will bring new opportunities to human-intensive labor manufacturing processes like the one dealing with cables and wires, where the routing and fitting tasks are calling for advanced handling techniques. The REMODEL robotic ability will impact several production scenarios in which human work is widely adopted due to the complexity in the objects, materials and manipulation tasks, characterized unpredictable initial configuration as well as large deformability and plasticity. Activities involving mass production, such as wiring harness manufacturing for automotive and appliances, are moving outside Europe due to the high labour cost and to the repetitiveness of the tasks that produces high psychophysical stress in the workers. In other cases, such as the switchgear wiring and the wiring harness manufacturing for the aerospace sector, the need of increasing production flexibility, reliability and traceability of the product as well as reduce costs and time to market implies the adoption of innovative tools to maintain proper competitiveness and answer the market requests. To proof the effectiveness of the REMODEL outcomes, four industrial manufacturing use cases provided by the industrial partners and covering five different domains, i.e. the production and assembly of wiring harnesses in the automotive and the aerospace field, the switchgear wiring and the manufacturing of medical consumables, will be developed.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Gianluca Palli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi"

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Elvez, Proizvodnja Kabelske Konfekcije in predelava plasticnih, d.o.o. (Slovenia)
Tampereen Korkeakoulusaatio Sr (Finland)
I.E.M.A. Srl (Italy)
Elimco Aerospace Slu (Spain)
Extrudan Sp Z O O (Poland)
Università degli Studi della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli" (Italy)
Volkswagen Poznan Sp Z O.O. (Poland)
Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)
Technische Universitat Munchen (Fg Obstbau) (Germany)
Politechnika Poznanska (Poland)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.920.412,50
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/11/2019
End Date: 31/10/2023

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870133 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870133