Human–robot collaboration, i.e. the sharing of a work space without separate safety systems for humans and robots.
With NXT LEVEL human–robot collaboration, IBG succeeded in presenting the highlight of the 2018 Hannover Messe, with a solution that’s more than just that. Not only is it an exhibition piece, but it also helps to (ergonomically) improve the workplace of the future whilst meeting the requirements of smart technologies and Industry 4.0.
NXT LEVEL human–robot collaboration can be deployed anywhere where a lot of manual work is required and there are high demands on quality. For the first time, it is now possible for humans and robots to cooperate entirely with each other without being physically separated. The individual work steps are displayed in the work process and thus significantly improve quality and efficiency. The solution is not limited to a specific field of application but can lighten the load of heavy or repetitive work. The robot can make decisions on its own when the user is not in the work environment. It can then either do secondary activities or go into standby mode in order to optimise its performance or use less energy. The robot takes repetitive or heavy work off the hands of the user so that work becomes significantly easier for the user in connection with improving the working environment. In addition, up to 30–50% time can be saved depending on the application.
Together with the regional associations of Westphalia (LWL) and Rhineland (LVR) IBG has developed a MRK solution for participation in working life. Equipped with a "sensitive" robot arm, a workpiece - in this case a car - can be assembled at the workstation. During this process the robot supports the human being. After the assembly, an optical system is used for quality control.