SHERLOCK project introduces the latest safe robotic technologies including high payload collaborative arms, exoskeletons and mobile manipulators in diverse production environments.
The modules are enhanced with smart mechatronics and AI-based cognition, conceiving efficient Human-Robot Collaboration stations that are designed to be safe and guarantee the acceptance and wellbeing of operators. In future industrial environment, robots and workers would be able to function as co-workers to bridge the performance gap through the adoption of smart systems and sensors.
SHERLOCK technologies are tested and validated into four industrial pilot cases in the elevators assembly, industrial modules, machine tools and aeronautics sectors. The developed solutions will be also available to be implemented in multiple industrial environments and sectors, as well as in different manufacturing processes.
The project started in October 2018 and will end in October 2022
Action Full Title: Seamless and safe human-centred robotic applications for novel collaborative workplace
Grant agreement N˚: 820683
Call: H2020 FoF2 – 2018
Topic: Effective Industrial Human-Robot Collaboration
Type of action: Research and Innovation Action
SHERLOCK started under the 4.0 challenge, namely the deployment of production systems in which the machines are digitally interconnected and allow side by side collaboration with the workers.
Over the last decades, the competitiveness strategy of manufactures in Europe has led to a high number of outsourcing production systems to low-cost countries. This situation affects directly the national economies, the unemployment rate, as well as the quality of life of European workers.
In this context, SHERLOCK improves the competitiveness of the EU industry by providing autonomous robots and directly impacts three main dimensions:
The automation of traditional tasks by Human-Robot technologies in companies already showed proven returns. Up to 25% improvement in operator productivity and significant decreases in the time required for training and upskilling, as well as health and safety improvements.
analysis of the industrial users’ requirements and market needs to improve operators’ working environment
conceptualisation and development of the multiple technologies to be deployed and integrated into the pilot cases
test activities of the SHERLOCK systems under the project pilot cases, aiming at transferring the results in other industrial sectors
verification of the effectiveness of the solutions, including human acceptance and the operator wellbeing. Given the innovative nature of the SHERLOCK technologies, training activities will be proposed to accompany the fully and safety integration into other industrial scenarios