This project is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement no. 723853.     

COROMA WP leaders met again at the University of Nantes, at the midpoint of the project. This time, the goals of the meeting were to present to the review team the progress of the work accomplished so far, to show a practical demo at the workshop, to give a clear idea of the exploitation potential and plans foreseen for next transference to industry, and a glimpse on the scientific production of the project.

One morning was enough to present in a condensed but visual way the state of the work, with most of the technical work devoted to the development of the COROMA modules over. The presentations of the different work-packages made use of videos to demonstrate in an applied way different functionalities that otherwise couldn’t be shown in situ: CORO-SENSE and the recognition of the scene, CORO-SAFE and the reaction to the proximity of an operator, CORO-COOP and the synchronisation between robot and machine-tool, CORO-MOB and the ability to navigate the workshop in a safe an effectively, etc.

Different demos were planned in an interactive way: the review team even had the opportunity to select and launch sanding operations on a boat mould, carried out by the robot on an AGV as an autonomous system. The final user Beneteau was present at the meeting and could give the perspective of the industry on the developments of the project and its positive impact on the European industry and jobs.

The meeting allowed the reviewers to clarify technical questions, and the consortium to prove the alignment of COROMA with the strategy of the European Commission, and to show their confidence in the good results of COROMA, boosting the use of cognitive and collaborative robots in the European manufacturing industry.

The integration phase has just started, so… next months will wee direct progress towards end-use cases.