Description of the Experiment:

This pilot experiment is dedicated to the automotive industry and will be implemented in Front Wiper Systems (WSA) assembling lines. Depending on each car design, windshields come in different sizes and require appropriately sized front wiper systems to ensure efficient, reliable windshield clean. A single production line for WSA manufacturing is made by several working stations: about seven which are fully automatic, one semi-automatic and finally five manual working stations. The production line made by these workstations work in a sequence for assembling the different components making the WSA. The proposed pilot will be focused on the last workstation – the final verification, which is one of the bottlenecks of the WSA production line. HORSE proposes to include two assistants with articulated arm robot.

Main objectives of the Experiment:

  1. Reduction of the occupational health hazard on workers firstly in the pilot site and later in plants worldwide
  2. Simplification and efficiency improvement for the diverse products for quality check.
  3. Improved working conditions, in line with the regulations that restrict maximum weight loaded in a day. Risks related to wrist, arm and back harm risks are eliminated, the worker health will be improved, and stress reduced for operator control.
  4. Improved flexibility: coping with fluctuating production volumes, various products and large changeover times.  HORSE will be able to rapidly reorganize production lines and to change the location of part assembly and associated production tools.

Main results expected to achieve in the Experiment:

The first Pilot Experiment of HORSE will demonstrate the benefits of human-robot interaction in manufacturing environments characterized by lifting heavy weights, a huge variety of lots (where easy adjustability is a required) and the requirement of short machine set-up times. This will lead to a reduction of healthcare as well as production costs, which ultimately creates a competitive advantage for the industry implementing human-robot machine interaction in production.

Sector/s of Application:

  1. Main Sector of Application: Supplier of automotive industry
  2. Potential Sector/s of Application: The HORSE experiment is scalable to industries / applications which are characterized by the following parameters: necessity for human-robot co-manipulation. Examples of these industries / applications are: heavy industry including automotive, aviation, etc. This scalability to other industries and applications will be demonstrated via experiments acquired by Open Calls for RTD proposals.