Robot manipulators, and the automation systems using them, face increasingly demanding and complex requirements. The pre-programmed control of such automation systems specifies how the machines operate and how the material is moved from machine to machine. To obtain the maximal production rate, it is essential that the control is optimised for each product. Simple trial and error by manually making ad hoc changing is not very reliable to do this. It requires a lot of expertise from operators and is very time-consuming and costly. Researchers from the Research Team Production Technology West at University West in Trollhättan, Western Sweden, investigate methods and algorithms to support reprogramming and optimisation of the automated control of industrial production systems. The goal is to enable automatic offline reprogramming and optimisation of complex industrial production systems. This would be very time- and cost-saving for the industry.
In this research project, there is a close collaboration between University West and the Volvo Cars Corporation. This allows the researchers to test their newly developed methods, algorithms and tools on real-world problems. Thereby gaining knowledge about the performance, applicability and robustness of those methods on industrial problems in a real-world context. From the results of these real-world tests, the Volvo Cars Corporation gets a very reliable indication of how much it can benefit from this automatic reprogramming and optimisation.