ECHORD++ - European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development

ECHORD was established in order to promote innovation by facilitating the cooperation between academia and industry. ECHORD++ will further stimulate this interaction between robot manufacturers, researchers and users. This goal will be achieved by implementing three different instruments: the Experiments, Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) and the Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIF).

ECHORD++ aims at creating new knowledge through advancing the state of the art and by developing novel technology from which new products may be derived. The intent is to act as a pioneer in new ways of community building for robotics and market creation



I4MS - ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs

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I4MS is the initiative promoted by the EC to support the European leadership in manufacturing through the adoption of ICT technologies. In fact, Europe's competiveness in that sector depends on its capacity to deliver highly innovative products, where the innovation often originates from advances in ICT. Therefore, I4MS aims at promoting leading edge technologies, developed in FP7 large ICT projects, in the areas of Robotics, HPC cloud based simulation services, Laser based applications, Intelligent sensor-based equipment. The initiative is dedicated to the whole European manufacturing industry with special focus on SMEs to address their needs to access to technology, infrastructures and new markets. 



EUROC - European Robotics Challenges

The EuRoC initiative proposes to launch three industry-relevant challenges:

  • Reconfigurable Interactive Manufacturing Cell (RIMC),
  • Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation (SFLM),
  • Plant Servicing and Inspection (PSI).

It aims at sharpening the focus of European manufacturing through a number of application experiments, while adopting an innovative approach which ensures comparative performance evaluation. Each challenge is launched via an open call.



PATHFINDER - European research and innovation agenda for future simulation and forecasting technologies


The mission of Pathfinder is increasing knowledge, and determine the future use and impact of simulation and forecasting technologies in manufacturing.

These are the main objectives of the Project:

  • To deliver a roadmap pointing out research priorities leading to the next generation simulation and forecasting technologies.
  • To inform the manufacturing industry on state of the art simulation and forecasting technologies.
  • To favour the creation of a network of experts.



ROAD4FAME - Development of a Strategic Research and Innovation Roadmap for Future Architectures and Services for Manufacturing in Europe and Derivation of Business Opportunities

Innovation and communication technologies offer a seemingly boundless source of innovation which could deliver exactly what European manufacturing businesses need to produce more agile and flexible, to leverage the benefits of context-aware enterprises, ease interoperability, and operate more sustainable. However, the potential of ICT in manufacturing is far from being fully exploited.

Among the most important enablers for ICT in manufacturing are suitable IT architectures. IT architecture specifies the structure of an IT system, i.e. the arrangement of IT components within such a system. Doing so, it defines how functional components (services) are integrated to the overall system, what interfaces have to look like, which basic services will be provided, etc. This implies most importantly that the IT services – that is, any function of the system – can only be provided if enabled by the architecture. Thus, the architecture determines the capabilities of the system – providing the basis for a powerful manufacturing system, or limiting it strictly.

Towards making ICT a commodity and an enabler for innovation in the manufacturing industry, employing the right IT architecture and IT services is thus of fundamental importance. The central product of the Road4FAME project is a strategic research and innovation roadmap for IT architectures and services in manufacturing. Join us with your expertise in the roadmap development process and become a member of the Road4FAME Experts Group.



LIAA – Lean Automation

LIAA aims to keep assembly jobs in Europe by creating and implementing a framework that enables humans and robots to truly work together in assembly tasks. Co-working allows the senses and intelligence of the human to be complemented by the strength and endurance of the automation and so obtains the best from each of them, reducing repetitive injuries and costs and enhancing job satisfaction and the average length of time that a worker can continue in the same job.



SAPHARI – Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction


SAPHARI will perform a fundamental paradigm shift in robot development in the sense that we place the human at the centre of the entire design. The project will take a big step further along the human-centered roadmap by addressing all essential aspects of safe, intuitive physical interaction between humans and complex, human-like robotic systems in a strongly interconnected manner.

While encompassing safety issues based on biomechanical analysis, human-friendly hardware design, and interaction control strategies, the project will develop and validate key perceptive and cognitive components that enable robots to track, understand and predict human motions in a weakly structured dynamic environment in real-time.



ROBOMATE – Intelligent exoskeleton based on human-robot interaction for manipulation of heavy goods in Europe's factories of the future


The fundamental idea behind Robo-Mate is to enhance work conditions for load workers and facilitate repetitive lifting tasks, thereby reducing the incidence of work-place related injury and disease. As a consequence, productivity, flexibility and the quality of production will increase. Bringing this concept to fruition involves merging human-guided manipulators with computer-controlled industrial robots in order to create a human-guided and computer-supported exoskeleton for use in various industries. Exoskeletons can readily be found in certain fields and their development to date has been mainly driven by military and medical applications. However, such models are ill-suited for industrial use due to excessive weight or inadequate functionality, such as not being able to provide the lifting and/or manual handling support indispensable to industrial settings. Therefore, developing an exoskeleton specifically destined for use in industrial environments is crucial.