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Digi-load – Testbed for automated loading and unloading of components

Digi-load – Testbed for automated loading and unloading of components

Digi-load focuses on to enhance the competitiveness in the Swedish surface treatment industry through automation and digitalization. In Sweden there are around 400 surface treatment companies, job-coaters and in-house painting companies, with a large proportion of SMEs. The industry is in fierce competition from low-wage countries and many moved their production abroad. By increasing the automation and digitalization of the industry in the most labor demanding processes (up to 60% of production staff), the loading and un-loading of products, the competitiveness can be increased. In the project, existing test sites, physical and virtual, will use technologies (traditional and collaborative robots combined w ith vision and sensor technologies), focusing on demonstrating today’s and tomorrow ‘s possibilities of automation and digitization in the areas of loading and un-loading products. The processes require a big flexibility as a company can have up to 2000 different products to handle.

The testbed is located at the following sites:

1) Robotdalen – Mälardalen University and ABB’s testing center for automation, focus is on traditional robots combined with vision and sensor technology

2) Paint Center (Swerea IVF) – Collaborative Robots for loading/un-loading components, mostly small components in large series

3) IPS (FCC) – Virtual test site focusing on simulation, optimization and digital twins.

4) MIBA Industriteknik – Industrial demonstrations

The consortium includes automation companies, hook, conveyor, robot suppliers, job-coaters and in-house painting companies and research organizations.

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Automation, Simulation

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