Future industrial robotics will move from a robot-centred perspective of a robotics work cell to an integrated approach that involves perception, multiple sources of information (any sensor of IT support systems), close collaboration with humans and continuous process learning. The use of industrial robotic systems on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) is a strong demand of the Portuguese and European markets, and requires novel approaches that combine advanced sensing, human-machine interfacing, high-level programming, augmented reality among others. These flexible industrial robotic systems are a key tool for SME to face the current demands of a globalised market, characterised by a high-mix production with short product lifecycles.
Over the years, INESC TEC accumulated expertise in the different scientific/technological areas and has a well-established network of partnerships, giving iiLab a large set of tools to answer the most demanding industrial challenges.
The iiLab team presents a proven record of accomplishment of successful robotics based flexible production systems, whic were installed and transferred to the market. It is worth highlighting the SIIARI, and the P2020 CoopWeld and AdpatPack projects, whose industrial results are currently being commercially exploited by some of the companies involved in the projects’ consortium.