Working with Walt: How a Cobot Was Developed and Inserted on an Auto Assembly Line

Ilias El Makrini, Shirley Elprama, Jan Van Den Bergh, Bram Vanderborght, Charlotte Jewell, An Jacobs

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Collaborative robots or co-bots are a category of robots that are designed to work together with humans. By combining the strength of the robot such as precision and strength with the dexterity and problem-solving ability of the human, it is possible to achieve tasks that cannot be fully automated and improve the production quality and working conditions of workers. This paper presents the results of the ClaXon project which aims to study and implement interactions between humans and collaborative robots in factories. The project has led to the integration of a co-bot in the car manufacturing production plant of Audi Brussels in Belgium.
Proofs of concepts were realized to study multimodal perceptions for human-robot interaction. The project addressed technical challenges regarding the introduction of collaborative robots on the factory floor. Social experiments were conducted with factory workers to assess the social acceptance of co-bots and study the interactions between the human and the robot.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.1109/MRA.2018.2815947
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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