28 Sep Capital Call Grant
IMR robotics group is pleased to announce that over 350K of capital equipment has been awarded through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme funds. The funding was won through a competitive process: Industry to benefit from €6 million Enterprise Ireland research equipment investment
The funds will enable the construction of two robotic cells:
- Telebot-Cell: a state-of-the-art teleoperation system that will consist of a multi–robot cell controlled by a remote operator using haptic interfaces and virtual reality. The cell will enable Irish industry to explore the possibility of using robots to execute manufacturing or inspection operations in hazardous, uncomfortable, and/or remote environments. The system will demonstrate the possibility of remote manufacturing operations particularly pertinent in a post-COVID 19 world. Finally, the cell is heavily sensorized and it is envisaged that the data captured during demonstration can be exploited to teach the robots complex manipulation tasks which when using traditional teach pendent systems have proven laborious and time-consuming.
- Multi-Cobot Cell: A multi–robot system with a state-of-the-art controller allowing motion planning 1000x quicker than traditional methods. This system can be used for tasks that require fast re-planning, of interest to Irish companies that have semi–structured environments notably in the food processing sector. The collaborative robots and planning system allows for human cooperation and supervision, ensuring safety while simultaneously going beyond the static interaction associated with most human robot cells.