Enabling robots to adopt more tasks

March 16, 2017
A modular and plug-and-play platform for intralogistics.

iLEVATOR a new Innovation Activity launched by EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line, was devised with the goal of developing a modular and plug-and-play platform for intralogistics that will integrate mobile and fixed robots. At the same time it will also ensure the central role of human workers for value-added activities and guaranteeing safe human-robot collaboration, according to EIT. 

The business champion for the initiative is Turin-based company COMAU, a member of the FCA Group and a recognized leader in delivering advanced industrial-automation solutions. 

Together with a team of several partners, COMAU will develop a solution targeted at sectors where there is a need to handle components and that would benefit from mobile robots adopting more non added-value tasks, such as picking and moving empty containers from the warehouses to the lineside or vice versa.

The new Activity builds on a previous initiative, also supported by EIT Digital, called iLAADR, which was designed to streamline the process of preparing and delivering material organized in kits to factory product lines. iLEVATOR will build on this functionality to include specific tasks, such as the substitution and replenishment of empty material storages. 

The iLEVATOR solution will first be implemented in FCA factories, but COMAU will also support the industrial dissemination in markets beyond the automotive sector. By adopting this solution, iLEVATOR believes, manufacturing industries, hospitals, pharma firms and retail companies will be also able to optimize their internal logistics processes.