Flexible Intralogistics for Future Factories

Intralogistics are an essential part of any production. Raw materials and intermediate products must arrive at the right time in the right place. For human personell though, intralogistics tasks often prove to be exhausting, dull and error prone. The FlexIFF project we will increase the competitiveness of Austrian manufacturing companies by optimizing intralogistics and supporting personnel in their tasks using a cyber-physical system of robots and advanced user-interfaces.
Teams of humans and robots share the work in intralogistics and collaborate to achieve maximum efficiency which is ensured by a smart planning system. The system is optimized for short setup time and includes smart mechanisms for remote teaching and automated learning of tasks. An overall security solution ensures that physical safety of humans cannot be jeopardized by outside attacks.

Project news

FlexIFF runs from Oct. 2017 until Sept. 2019.
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Human-robot teams

In future factories, humans and robots will work hand in hand in intralogistics. A smart planning engine will allocate tasks based on skills, demand and current resource state.

Adaptive assistive technologies

The main objective of this work package is the research and development of an intelligent interface framework for the intuitive and systematically efficient coordination of teamwork operations in a collaborative suite of human and cyber-physical work forces, such as, mobile manipulators, in the industrial intra-logistics environment of a highly flexible and automatized manufacturer shop floor.

Mobile manipulation

Mobile manipulators are a key ingredient of future intralogistics. Those autonomous robots are able to move around in a factory and perform manipulation tasks like loading, unloading or inserting.

Robot Safety and Safe Gripping

When working with robots, protecting humans from pyhsical harm is a priority. In FlexIFF, we work on a holistic concept of safety for mobile manipulators including safe gripping techniques.

Multi-Level security

Future robots need to be hardened against cyber attacks in order to function in networked environments. In addition, software-defined safety functions need to be protected against tampering. The security strategy needs to incorporate multiple levels including the network and the application itself.

Project Partners

JOANNEUM RESEARCH ROBOTICS JOANNEUM RESEARCH DIGITAL Know Center Flex ProAutomation

Project Funding

The FlexIFF project is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under the programme “ICT of the Future” from Oct. 2017 to Sep. 2019.

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