Manufacturing, Research Unit of Engineering system
- Dr. Rafiq Ahmad (University of Luxembourg)
- Dr. Jinna Qin (University of Luxembourg)
- Ibrahim Jasim (University of Luxembourg)
- Raphaël Hinger (University of Luxembourg)
- Berta Rato (University of Luxembourg)
The proposed project will be hosted by the Robotics Research Team, which is part of the Research Unit in Engineering Science (RUES) of the University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication.
The Robotics Research Team is led by Prof. Dr. Peter Plapper who is currently supervising four PhD students and two postdocs. The strategic focus of research projects of this small, but rapidly growing Team of manufacturing experts is Robotic Assembly, Vision Assisted Path planning, Force controlled versatile assembly.
The proposed project will benefit from the various contacts of Prof. Plapper over 16 years of his industrial experience, where he worked in European and American automotive assembly plants. An international team of competent scientists working to develop solutions for industry, primary focus on versatile assembly processes using robot with extensive research.
The many interdisciplinary competencies of our team include: Mechanics, Controls, Programme, Robotics, Industrial Vision and related applications. We have extensive experience in basic research, applied research transferring it into industrial use cases for robotic assembly, path planning and automation.
The available equipment at the robotics manufacturing laboratory provides outstanding conditions for a successful Human Robot Collaboration project. The laboratory is equipped with three industrial robots with different brands – a Fanuc iF420 robot, a KUKA LWR robot, a Schunk lightweight robot, various sensors such as 3D-MLI sensor and software such as KRCV5.6 and Matlab. This excellent infrastructure will enable the demonstration of the project work for industrial partners. Our team has developed excellent collaborations with robotics and sensors companies both in Luxembourg and international abroad.
The highly competent team is experienced in assembly and path planning using a vision based sensor. This will allow the team to demonstrate its skills for an interactive manufacturing cell.
For this ambitious target, the team provides skills in mechanical engineering, gripper design, electrical engineering (sensors and controls), as well as modelling. With this set of versatile competencies, we are able to implement the complete range from the basic research to applied research and industrial demonstrator. In addition, the robotic research team has intensive contacts to manufacturing industry especially automotive and robot manufacturers, which will provide an application environment based on concrete industrial needs for the versatile robot based assembly process.
This includes interaction with multinational enterprises as well as with SMEs from the Greater Region (SarLorLux). This exchange provides direct feedback from production issues to academia, which is mandatory to ensure the applicability of scientific research in industrial production.
The close collaboration with industrial partners such as Delphi, Goodyear, General Motors, Fanuc, KUKA, Opel, Esselte, IEE and others underline the high relevance of the scientific research projects of our team.