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Sustainable motions – SmoothIT

Recent research from Chalmers have shown that by slightly tuning robot motions, the energy use can be reduced by 10 –30%, with preserved cycle time. These tuned motions are smoother than the original ones, thus reducing the wear of the robot and its components and so increasing their life-time. In production plants many resources, such as trucks, robots, conveyors, are constantly moving, turning, clamping etc. Traditionally, cycle time is the major requirement when preparing these kinds of systems, thus sustainability issues such as energy efficiency are not taken into account. The SmoothIT project will develop tools and methods for energy optimization of programmed motions, and for monitoring the production to identify motions that may be improved, and planning of the maintenance work. In addition, online tool s will be developed that can automatically optimize the production by tuning the motions to reduce the energy use and increase the life-time of the devices.

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Energy Optimisation, Maintenance, Smooth Movements, Visualization

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