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COMET hosts successful robotics seminar and final project meeting in Italy

The COMET meeting at SIR attracted over 30 delegates

Earlier in June, the COMET project, the research programme into machining with robots, hosted a very successful Robotics’ Technical Seminar at partner SIR’s headquarters in Modena, Italy.  This was the third in the series of events being held across Europe where the project partners have been disseminating the project developments to the public audience through both presentations and live machining demonstrations. 

The seminar room was filled with over 30 people from a variety of different backgrounds, including robot manufacturer ABB and Ferrari from the automotive industry, representatives from educational institutes like Politecnico di Milano, various R&D organisations and even artists looking to use robots for sculpting.

Davide Passoni, Project Manager at SIR and event host, opened the event with a warm welcome to all attendees.  The formal presentations began with an introduction to robotics from Jan Willem Gunnink, Manager of R&D Projects in Europe at Delcam, followed by an explanation and live demonstration of the offline programming software. 

The online and offline compensation modules in particular generated excellent question and answer sessions between the audience and project partners, proving that the project developments are not only extremely relevant to today’s manufacturing needs, but also that they are truly state of the art.  

The event ended with a buffet lunch in SIR’s impressive manufacturing facilities and a visit to the company’s COMET robot cell, providing further opportunities for networking and discussions to take place.
Jan Willem Gunnink, Project Coordinator, opened the 9th and final General Assembly meeting for the COMET project on the following day.  Having been granted an extension due to the project’s success, partners have been able to carry out additional robot machining tests to further improve accuracy, to share and gain knowledge, and to enhance the developments made. 

Franck Messmer, Senior Analyst at Delcam, presented the latest advances in the offline programming module to the project partners, with a live demonstration of PowerMILL Robot software.  The demonstration showed clearly the flexibility of the software, and, in particular, how simple adjustments can be made easily at the simulation stage to eliminate the risk of collisions and to optimise the robot’s movements.

The second day of the GA began with updates on the six demonstration cells from partners AML, TEKS, SIR, Gizelis, BTU and Fraunhofer IPA.  These organisations have undertaken machining tests using a number of configurations to establish the optimum solution in terms of accuracy, tolerance and toolpath efficiency. 

All project partners had the chance to reflect upon their initial expectations for the project compared to the results achieved and all were in agreement that expectations had not only been met but actually exceeded, and it had been both a successful and very enjoyable project.
The meeting closed with final comments and feedback from the project officers and the Advisory Board, Dr. Jan Ramboer, Prof. Vincenzo Nicolo, and Prof. Hans Norgaard Hansen, who were also in full agreement that the project has been an unequivocal success.  Dr. Jan Ramboer summarised his thoughts saying, "At the beginning of the project the ideas were very ambitious but now through the demonstrations we see concrete results, and what was originally being aimed for has really been achieved.”  Further to this they added how impressed they were with how well the partners from industry, research and education had collaborated together, concluding that the COMET project should be looked upon as a shining example for other EU funded projects to follow.

27 June 2013

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