The large mobile robot was manufactured by Broetje-Automation GmbH. It can move payloads of up to 150 kg with its manipulator, a Comau NJ-165-3.0. This is likely to facilitate the flexible automation of assembly systems, especially in cases where mobile cobots (with approximately 8 kg payload) have reached their limits. Thanks to extensive and state-of-the-art sensors, the large robot can perceive its environment and operate autonomously. Through future integration into the existing 5G campus network of the 5G Industry Campus Europe, the large robot will be capable of communicating wirelessly and in real-time with other robots and factory cloud systems. The hybrid Siemens control system embedded in the large mobile robot enables control through a real-time Linux operating system. The precise actuation capabilities and high flexibility of this platform allow for efficient handling of heavy payloads and, at the same time, enable the im-plementation of flexible assembly systems across an expanded range of loads.
With this groundbreaking large robot, the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management plans to conduct research, particularly in the field of holistic motion planning. This involves executing a simultaneous movement of the manipulator with the base, which has not been achievable in the industry until now. Through holistic motion planning, mobile manipulators can be deployed in the future with 25% faster execution times. The modular software provided by Broetje-Automation GmbH based on the Robot Operating System 2 (ROS2) enables researchers at WZL to utilize the functionalities of the large robot and develop new algorithms. This opens diverse possibilities for innovative approaches in robotics and assembly research, fostering progress in production technology.