HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Human robot collaboration and operator support in assembly work

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Hall 4, Stand D44



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Zero defect manufacturing, but also fast switching between products in a manufacturing or assembly line for small series is an important ambition, which is indicated as ‘flexible manufacturing’. ‘Full automation’ however, is often not feasible in assembly work, specifically in the combination of low volumes,  high product mix, and high product complexity. In the presentation a use case in manual assembly will be explained: an example of human-robot collaboration assisted by an operator support system based on Augmented Reality (AR).

The AR assistance provides a step-by-step instruction to the human operator. Instructions and other visual cues are projected on the table top surface, products, tooling and bins. The work area is monitored by a MS Kinect by virtual sensors. Triggering these virtual sensors in specific steps allows the operator to intuitively proceed to the next step. A robot provides assistance by providing the correct bins with parts at the right moment in time.


 MSc Gu van Rhijn

MSc Gu van Rhijn

senior project leader/researcher, TNO

Gu van Rhijn, MSc, works as a senior projectmanager & researcher at TNO. She is specialized in innovation of  processes: human robot collaboration and operator support systems in Industry aimed ...

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