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Human-robot collaboration: the future of cooperation between humans and robots

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Improving the workplace of the future through the use of smart technologies

Human-robot collaboration is used to share an industrial workspace without separating protective devices for humans and robots. With the NXT LEVEL human-robot collaboration, IBG succeeded in creating the highlight of the Hannover Messe 2018. The solution we developed is more than just an exhibit - it serves to (ergonomically) improve the workplace of the future and meets the requirements of smart technologies and Industry 4.0.

The NXT LEVEL human-robot collaboration is the combination of human manual labour and technical automation.

The solution can be used anywhere in industrial manufacturing processes where a lot of manual labour is required and the highest demands are placed on quality. It enables full collaboration between humans and robots without physical separation. The individual work steps are displayed during the work process, significantly improving quality and efficiency. Our automation solution is not tied to a specific field of application, but can relieve the burden of heavy or repetitive work. The robot can make decisions "independently". When the worker is not in the work environment, it can either carry out secondary tasks or go into standby mode so that it optimises its work performance or consumes less energy. The robot relieves the worker of heavy or repetitive tasks so that, in conjunction with the optimisation of the working environment, the workload is significantly reduced.

Together with the Landschaftsverbände Westfalen (LWL) and Rheinland (LVR), IBG has developed an HRC solution for participation in working life.

Equipped with a collaborative and "sensitive" robot arm, a workpiece, in this case a car, can be assembled at a workstation. During this assembly process, the robot assists the human and also carries out quality control via an optical system once assembly is complete.