Benefit of automation
With its project goals, "Rob-aKademI" focuses on the needs of increasingly personalized production. Currently, assembly applications still place high demands on robot programming. These include diverse and complex, often force-controlled, processes, high product variants and short cycle times. For many companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises with their customer-specific products, it is therefore often not yet worthwhile to use robots for assembly tasks, particularly since they cannot be programmed without expert knowledge.
However, robots offer advantages, such as taking over non-ergonomic, dangerous or monotonous tasks, and delivering consistent quality. They can also be a decisive competitive factor, especially in high-wage countries such as Germany. Thanks to numerous analyses Fraunhofer IPA has already carried out worldwide on the potential to automate, the researchers know exactly what companies need and incorporate these findings in the project.