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HERMES-Hyper-flexible bimanual robot manipulation and packing of deformable parts in the footwear industry


The need

The footwear industry accounts for some of the shortest production runs to be found (eight pairs of shoes is the average order size). Automization is more and more required in order to ensure competiveness in this growing market. The introduction of intelligent robotic technologies can contribute to overcome the complexity in the automation of the associated production processes.

HERMES approach

In discussion with SMEs from the footwear industry, a set of manual operations in the manufacturing process has been identified as most suitable to apply robotics technologies and to identify further technological challenges. The goal of the HERMES experiment is to study, analyze and finally implement the packaging of shoes on a robot system that mimics the required degree of flexibility and dexterity provided by the human workers.

Demonstrator

The use of a bimanual system with anthropomorphic hands has been chosen as it could also be applied to solve other processes of similar or even higher complexity in the future and thus provide a holistic approach towards automization in footwear industry.

HERMES results

The HERMES experiment will demonstrate the potential to apply robotic technologies in the packaging process of the high added value shoe production. Important key technologies for bimanual manipulation, specifically in terms of detection and manipulation of non-rigid parts, will be developed and transferred to potential system integrators for future commercialization.

Partners:

1)NBIO- Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche (Nicolas Garcia Aracil)

2)IPA- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

3)LAGAL SHOES S.L.

    Duration: 18 months

    Funding institution: European commission

    Funded under: Seventh Framework Programme


    23 January 2013 No comments

    Medical Imaging Technologies- Robot-assisted Rehabilitation


    Medical Imaging Technologies

    The main objective of this project is to measure rehabilitation outcomes using medical imaging technologies. In short, the idea is using Diffusion MRI and fMRI to analyze the advantages of using robot-assisted rehabilitation therapy.

    This project is a collaboration between our research group at Universidad Miguel Hernandez and Inscanner.

    Financial Entity: Universidad Miguel Hernández and Inscanner

    Researchers: Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Eduardo Fernandez Jover, Angela Bernabeu


    22 January 2013 No comments

    PUPArm- Proof of Concept


    CLINICAL- PROOF OF CONCEPT

    The main objective of this project is to analyse the outcome of the robot-assisted rehabilitation therapy in at least 30 sub-acute and chronic stroke patients, randomly assigned to 2 different experimental groups:

    Control group: this group, composed by at least 15 patients, will receive three months of standard rehabilitation therapy, according to rehabilitation protocols defined by clinical experts.

    Robot-aided rehabilitation group: this group, composed by at least 15 patients, will receive three months of robot-aided rehabilitation therapy, according to rehabilitation protocols defined by clinical experts.

    The aim of these experiments is to provide the “proof of concept” of the PUParm robot to be a technological system, capable of delivering rehabilitation therapy, tailored on the specific needs of the single patient.

    Financial Entity: Universidad Miguel Hernández

    Researchers: Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Eduardo Fernandez Jover, Maria Dolores Garcia, Daniel Tornero, ….


    22 January 2013 No comments

    (Español) IBERADA: RED IBEROAMERICANA PARA EL ESTUDIO Y DESARROLLO DE APLICACIONES TIC BASADAS EN INTERFACES ADAPTADAS A PERSONAS CON DISCAPACIDAD


    Sorry, this entry is only available in Español.


    23 December 2011 No comments

    BRAIN2MOTION: Exoskeletal – neuroprosthesis hybrid robotic system for the upper limb controlled by a multimodal brain-neural interface



    28 July 2011 No comments

    iProstate. 3D rendering tool for localization and staging of prostate cancer


    iProstate is a software application (spanish registration nº V-159-11) developed by Nbio and José Luis Ruiz-Cerdá, MD from the Hospital la Fe from Valencia.

    iProstate allows the introduction of data from biopsies, PSA and Gleason from a patient and it makes a prediction for the staging and spatial localization of the tumoral tissues.

    iProstate also allows the 3D visualization of the tumour. iProstate has several options for making reports for each patient.

    More information on http://nbio.umh.es/en/iprostate


    29 March 2011 No comments

    European Project ECHORD-MAAT


    The MAAT project aims at developing a new robotic system for the administration of highly sophisticated therapy to stroke patients able to (i) maximise patient motivation and involvement in the therapy and (ii) continuously assess the progress of the recovery from the functional and neurological viewpoint, with special attention to the issue of safety in human-robot interaction. The main novelty of the MAAT approach is to close patient in the loop and use multi-sensory data (such as motion, forces, voice, muscle activity, heart rate, skin conductance etc.) to adaptively and dynamically change complexity of the therapy and real-time displays of an immersive virtual reality system in accordance with specific patient requirements. For the experimental validation of the MAAT approach, two prototypes of multimodal robotic platforms will be developed, using technologies available in the ECHORD equipment list, which are based on two different industrial robot arms. They will allow validating the scientific value of the proposed approach, comparing performance of the two industrial robots when used for rehabilitation and collaborating with the manufacturers to address specific modifications coming out from the application. To pursue project objectives, MAAT gathers two partners from two different European countries (Italy and Spain) with complementary expertise in robotics. The tight collaboration of the project coordinator with medical groups of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the University Campus Bio-medico will be notably beneficial for a preliminary clinical validation of the MAAT system on post-stroke patients.

    Visit hal.umh.es/maat for more information.


    16 March 2011 No comments

    MATES – Robotic platform for NOTES/SILS assistance


    Minimally invasive surgery has required the acquisition of new skills on the part of surgeons and the creation of new tools, an area in which robotics is an invaluable help. The current trend is towards reducing the number of incisions practiced on the patient to a minimum. SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) and NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery) techniques have thus emerged, and these require a new generation of robotic tools.

    Website del proyecto: http://www.roboticamedica.uma.es/marcus Read more…


    14 December 2010 No comments

    Hiperbaric Medicine Chair


    Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure.
    Initially, HBO was developed as a treatment for diving disorders involving bubbles of gas in the tissues, such as decompression sickness and gas embolism. The chamber cures decompression sickness and gas embolism by increasing pressure, reducing the size of the gas bubbles and improving the transport of blood to downstream tissues. The high concentrations of oxygen in the tissues are beneficial in keeping oxygen-starved tissues alive, and have the effect of removing the nitrogen from the bubble, making it smaller until it consists only of oxygen, which is re-absorbed into the body. After elimination of bubbles, the pressure is gradually reduced back to atmospheric levels.

    Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure.
    Initially, HBO was developed as a treatment for diving disorders involving bubbles of gas in the tissues, such as decompression sickness and gas embolism. The chamber cures decompression sickness and gas embolism by increasing pressure, reducing the size of the gas bubbles and improving the transport of blood to downstream tissues. The high concentrations of oxygen in the tissues are beneficial in keeping oxygen-starved tissues alive, and have the effect of removing the nitrogen from the bubble, making it smaller until it consists only of oxygen, which is re-absorbed into the body. After elimination of bubbles, the pressure is gradually reduced back to atmospheric levels.

    For more information, visit: hal.umh.es/medibarox


    1 December 2010 No comments

    Opensurg project.



    12 November 2010 No comments