Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology


Cloud-based robot control

Giving customers what they ask
After the digital twin has checked whether the product can be manufactured to the customer’s specifications, it is handed over to actual production. At Hannover Messe, we are simulating this with a robot cell for palletizing.

Saving costs in the network

What makes the cell special is the fact that all of its components are designed as cyber-physical systems (CPS). The conveyor belt, camera, and robot are each handled by one service that is recorded in the »Yellow Pages for Industrie 4.0« and readily available from anywhere in the world. In addition, there are purely virtual services, such as object recognition features used to identify grip points.

When a component is delivered by the conveyor, the service will tell the camera to send an image to the object recognition service. The service tells the robot the exact grip point for the product. The clever feature: All services can be integrated for individual products – every product can e.g. call up the right object recognition service.

Such flexible service integration makes use of all advantages of cloud solutions: They are more economical because they require far less high-performance, high-cost hardware on site. Complex calculations are outsourced into the cloud, which is more responsive, as virtually unlimited computational power can be added at the point of need. It is more secure, because confidential data remains with its legitimate owner. And it makes maintenance easier, because all services are centralized.

How does your business get into the cloud?

We are available to help you implement cloud services and highly flexible integrated automation solutions at your business.