HRC screws at VW, Salzgitter

Collaborative screwing in engine production

HRC screwdriver at VW

Feeding screws with a UR Cobot in a human-robot collaboration

The collaboration between humans and robots is more than just hype. In this application we show how a worker works side by side with a Cobot from Universal Robot (UR). A real human-robot collaboration (HRC) in the VW plant in Salzgitter.

FAUDE’s task in this project was to design and implement a cobot solution that would make the existing manual workstation superfluous. From the concept to the approval by the BG.

In addition to Volkswagen, the employers’ liability insurance association also had an increased interest in exploring the possibilities of cobots in production. For those involved in the project, this means that they look very carefully during this application and that the possibility of injury to the workers from a cobot should be excluded. Therefore, the speeds and constructional designs had to be strictly aligned with the specifications from DIN ISO / TS 15066: 2017-04 for collaborative robots.

According to the specification of TS15066, there must be no collision in the area of the head. For this reason, a plexiglass pane was attached over the UR Cobot as an additional protective device. Sharp corners and edges have also been avoided with the screwdriver. A lot of work was done with large radii in order to reduce injuries to an absolute minimum.

In the video provided, we show the result of how a worker works side by side with a Universal Robot (UR) cobot. A real human-robot collaboration (HRC) with which both the employers’ liability insurance association and the VW plant in Salzgitter were very satisfied.

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