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Humans And Robots Work Hand In Hand

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Humans And Robots Work Hand In Hand
Humans And Robots Work Hand In Hand

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"Products are becoming more and more individual, their life cycles shorter, lot sizes smaller," says Wolfgang Pomrehn, Product Manager of the Apas Family. “In order to be able to react quickly to constantly changing market requirements, new models of human-machine cooperation are needed. The focus is on people: for example, the Apas Assistant works directly with employees without a protective fence and relieves them of their daily work.”

Collision-free collaboration at the common workplace

If an employee comes too close to the Apas Assistant, it stops immediately - before humans and robots touch - and only resumes work when humans have left the vicinity. The contactless interaction of the mobile production assistant is made possible by a sensor skin specially developed by Bosch, which completely encloses the robot arm. With an additional function, the extended remote area can also be monitored using a laser scanner. As long as no employee is nearby, the Apas Assistant works at maximum speed. As soon as the close range is entered, it automatically changes to a lower speed. This tiered security concept allows the Apas Assistant to adapt its working speed to the presence or absence of people.

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Assembly solution helps to configure human-robot teams

The Apas Assistant robot arm can also be integrated as a single component in a standardized manual workstation. This provides the employee with an ergonomic work environment that is individually tailored to him. Table height and lighting automatically adapt to the user. The intuitive, dialog-controlled user interface, the information of which is projected onto the work surface, provides further relief. So the user always has all the necessary details in view.

No special programming skills required

The Apas Assistant can be taught in for new tasks without special programming knowledge, networked with other assistance systems and integrated into existing production lines. In the background, the IT Shop Floor Solutions - a combination of scalable hardware and software modules that have been continuously developed by Bosch for 15 years - ensure security, communication, efficiency and transparency along the entire production chain. Bosch's own solution networks machines, regardless of product and manufacturer, including the Apas Assistant.

The Aquias project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, shows how the mobile production assistant can also be used outside of its industrial activities. Together with two Fraunhofer institutes, Bosch is investigating, among other things, the cooperation of the Apas Assistant with physically or mentally disabled people in the pilot project. "We want to find out how the production assistant can best support these people," said Pomrehn. "The robot should learn to adapt to their requirements and supplement them so that they can participate in attractive work as a full-fledged worker." (Jv)

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