• SKILLFUL ROBOTS

  • FOR DIFFICULT TASKS


CONTINUE

EXAMPLES OF OUR SOLUTIONS


WE FOCUS ON HUMAN-CENTERED AUTOMATION OF COMPLEX PROCESSES, WHICH REQUIRE SKILLFUL ROBOTS

ADVANCED & PRECISE ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY


Our solutions are implemented in standard robot controllers or add-on controllers.

Features

‐ full 6D force control
‐ can be combined with other sensors (e.g. cameras, laser sensors)
‐ autonomous operation or human‐robot shared control
‐ robustly dealing with variable and/or error conditions
‐ robot vendor independent

Applications

‐ precision assembly
‐ processes with multiple simultaneous contacts or geometric constraints
‐ close‐tolerance insertion (e.g. quality control using gauges)

ACCURATE & ROBUST 3D VISION FOR ROBOTIC MANIPULATION


Our 3D vision systems localize, pick-up and deposit objects with ultra‐high precision

Features

‐ accurate close‐range localization
- finds full 3D position
‐ insensitive to robot inaccuracy or drift
‐ insensitive to lighting conditions
‐ fast and limited data processing
‐ robot vendor independent

Applications

‐ parts alignment
‐ parts pick‐up or deposition by a robot or AGV
‐ (precision) assembly

FAST AND ACCURATE SURFACE TREATMENT OF OBJECTS WITH VARIABLE GEOMETRY


This application removes an equal top layer of coating from objects with variable geometry or irregular surface.

Features

‐ cheap, fast and robust 3D sensing
‐ on-line trajectory generation and control
‐ accurate control for minimal material loss

Applications

‐ removal of the coating with a shaving or planing tool.
‐ finishing of complex surfaces like polishing, grinding, planing or deburring

WE DEPLOY SKILLFUL ROBOTS, EVEN FOR PROCESSES YOU ASSUME TO BE NOT AUTOMATABLE


Applying:
-    3D vision, 6D force control
-    Software for advanced task programming
-    Fast and accurate task execution
-    Robust and reliable implementation

ABOUT US


SKILLFUL ROBOTS FOR DIFFICULT TASKS


our assets

FLEXIBLE ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS has 30+ years of experience in developing advanced sensor‐based robot control software.  We focus on human‐centered automation of complex processes, which require skillful robots. Our innovative solutions are integrated in applications in manufacturing, space and nuclear industries.


Our Vision

Manufacturing companies are challenged to produce smaller series of personalised products. Very often this is not compatible with automated operations. Human‐centered automation can bring solutions, by combining people skills and robotics. This new approach, which requires constraint‐based programming, is the major challenge of FLEXIBLE ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS. Before you considfer a process or task as not automatable, you should contact us !


Our Mission

The mission of FLEXIBLE ROBOTIC SOLUTIONS is to develop and to implement high‐end robotic solutions worldwide to improve operational efficiency.
Our engineers are challenged by processes and applications which often are assumed not qualified for automation. Our extensive experience enables us to tackle these challenges with an open mind and to turn them into opportunities. 
We develop affordable solutions, making use of our innovative technology and guaranteeing cost effective, robust and reliable implementation.

Our Services


EXPERIENCED ENGINEERS WITH A PASSION FOR ROBOTICS
We team up with your company to analyse an existing problem or situation and to define an automation solution.

Our robotic solutions are beyond standard, addressing:

 

  • Off-line calibration of the robot cell: We identify geometric uncertainties (i.e. calibration values) from sensor measurements.

  • Optimal off-line trajectory generation: We design optimal robot trajectories taking into account all constraints and ensure collision-free operation.

  • On-line trajectory adaptation : We process parameters measured in real-time during the task execution.

Our other products and services include:

  • Master controller design and implementation: Safety is guaranteed by the low-level safety features in the robot control software as well as by additional safety features programmed in the master controller.

  • Sensor systems: The most adequate sensor system (vision, force/torque, distance measurement) is determined in terms of accuracy, speed, robustness, reliability and cost. If appropriate, special-purpose sensor systems will be designed and built starting from commercial sensors.



Some examples are:

-    Automated Guided Vehicles with integrated manipulation arm
-    Remote Handling in nuclear and areospace applications
-    Robot and Human cooperation

Technology


INNOVATION SPECIALISTS
Our robotic solutions are often applied in complex, unpredictable environments lacking a rigid structure, such as flexible and human‐shared workplaces. To tackle these challenges, we make use of following technologies :

Online:  small amount of data, fast robot control algorithms with real‐time feedback.

Vision: Our laser distance measurement technology is an alternative or adds local accuracy to commercial 3D cameras. Maximal accuracy is obtained by calibrating the sensor mounting position on the robot.  As a result, higher accuracy than with vision is obtained.

Force: Full 6D force/torque control allows us to automate manipulations which require much skill, in particular precise and subtle adaptive control to deal with geometric errors or uncertainty in the initial work piece locations.

Control software: Our constraint‐based approach yields an unprecedented versatility and optimality. We integrate all constraints related to task, robot, process, environment and human interaction, but limit ourselves to the constraints that are really necessary. We make optimal use of redundant degrees of freedom in the robot system.

Contact us


Flexible Robotic Solutions, Kapeldreef 60, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

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