Collaborative robot (CoBot) technology allows the mutual work of man and machine within a shared environment. Unfortunately, many bottlenecks were identified. One of these is the safety stops, it happens when the built in force and torque sensor of the robot senses a collision. The movement of the CoBot immediately stops thus causing delays in the production.
PREdictor for HUman-RObot COllaboration (PREHUROCO) utilizes interactive technologies in a new innovative way to create a pre-collision approach for reducing these cumulative delay times. PREHUROCO technology creates a shared virtual reality workspace over the Internet/Intranet for humans and robots. The human operator is digitally immersed into the real-time digital twin of the manufacturing cell by XR visualization and/or haptic feedback. This innovative usage of interactive technologies which can assist the human operator in avoiding collisions in various assembly tasks is a novel approach in CoBot based production.
PREHUROCO is a new Business to Business (B2B) XR software package for industrial integrator companies. Based on the PREHUROCO technology industrial integrator companies can resell a custom tailored solution for their manufacturing company customers. The service provided for the manufacturing companies is the opportunity to avoid interruptions in the production process. The value of this service is the output that can be realized during the saved time which means improved profitability for manufacturing companies.