SMACC-Labs

Human-Robot Collaboration

​SMACC Human-Robot Collaboration is the laboratory environment for scientific and industrial research on industrial robotics and human-robot collaboration. Laboratory operates as a research and teaching laboratory simultaneously. The lab helps companies to aquire the possibilities of industrial robotics and human-robot collaboration using the latest industrial technology upgraded with scientific innovations.

The lab is equipped with different industrial robots with payloads from 2kg up to 225kg. Modern safety devices enable the human robot collaboration when payloads and speeds exceed the limits of collaborative robots. Robots can be equipped with suitable tools, such as vacuum- and mechanical grippers. Selection on machine vision cameras, libraries, illumination systems and software environments are also available.

SMACC Human-Robot Collaboration also specializes in risk analysis and safety solutions in robotics. This includes fenceless & dynamic safety systems, worker detection and movement prediction, and co-operated work phases.

Areas of expertise

  • Studying robot off-line programming
  • Robot feasibility testing
  • Robot training
  • Possibilities and challenges of new safety technologies
  • Fenceless safety systems
  • Safe transferable robotic systems
  • Dynamic safety systems
  • Utilizing modern state of art 3D sensing technology and safety devices
  • Avoiding unnecessary emergency stops
  • Worker detection, production situation detection
  • Worker guidance system
  • Augmentation
  • Force control
  • Force control applications
  • Calibration procurers
  • Co-operated work phases – combining human flexibility and decision making with robot speed, force and repeatability
  • Semiautomatic robot systems

Facilities & equipment

Industrial robots

  • ABB IRB4600-45/2.05 (Espoo)
  • ABB IRB 120 + IRC5 (Espoo)
  • Universal robot URx(Espoo)
  • Kuka KR120 + KRC4 (Oulu)
  • Kuka KR150L110 +  KRC2 (Oulu)
  • Kuka LBR iiwa 14 + KUKA Sunrise Cabinet (Oulu)
  • Schunk 4 LWAP  Powerball + KEBA CP232/A PLC (Oulu)
  • ABB IRB6640 (Tampere)
  • ABB IRB4600 (Tampere)
  • ABB IRB140 (Tampere)
  • Fanuc F-200i on 5,5 m track (Tampere)
  • FP-Robotics PRob2 (Tampere)
  • Staubli RX60 (Tampere)
  • Mitsubishi RP-1AH & RV2AJ (Tampere)
  • Kuka KRC-125/2, 2-axis table (Tampere)
  • Universal Robot UR5 (Tampere)
  • Comau NM45-2.0 + C4G Open (Tampere)

Laser profilers and scanners

  • NI smart cameras
  • SICK IVP 150 & 1200
  • SICK LMS 100 & 400
  • SICK S30A
  • MicroEpsilon 2700-50
  • Kinect v1 & v2
  • Basler ToF 3D

Cameras

  • Pilz SafetyEYE, 3D safety camera
  • Sick Ranger 3D camera
  • Basler scA 1600-14gc
  • Basler sca1390-17gc
  • Canon SLR, 20 & 24 lenses

Software

  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Robot Operating Systems ROS
  • NI Vision
  • MVTec Halcon

Case examples

CustomPacker – Highly Customizable and Flexible Packaging Station for mid- to upper sized Electronic Consumer Goods using Industrial Robots
Natural physical human-robot interaction
Symbiotic – Dynamic Safety System for Industrial Robots
Hephestos – Hard Material Small-Batch Industrial Machining Robot
Studying robot off-line programming
Robot feasibility testing
Robot training

Contacts

Tapio Heikkilä
+358403524599
Tapio.Heikkila@vtt.fi

Jyrki Latokartano
+358407060122
Jyrki.Latokartano@tut.fi

CustomPacker – Highly Customizable and Flexible Packaging Station for mid- to upper sized Electronic Consumer Goods using Industrial Robots

Technology and Solutions

Human-robot co-operation

  • People make difficult and changing operations
  • The operator gets augmented instructions

Security solutions

  • The robot is slowed down as man approaches
  • Safety Controller
  • 3D security sensor

Benefits

Increasing flexibility in the work cell

Combining human flexibility and robot efficiency