Followings its hugely successful Open Lab event in June, the Fraunhofer IPA is set to hold a second Open Lab event in Stuttgart on November 11th, 2016.
The event focuses on experiencing innovative new robotics technologies via live demonstrations, exchanging knowledge with experts about possible automation solutions, and learning how companies can benefit from attractive EU funding.
While the focus at the first Open Lab was on technologies for industrial robotics, the second Open Lab will present innovations in domestic robotics, however, almost half of the exhibits from the first event will also be on display at the second Open Lab.
The Open Lab is part of the EU project ROBOTT-NET (Robot Technology Transfer Network). The goal is to create a sustainable European infrastructure in order to jointly develop new robotic technologies and to make them useful in small and medium-sized production. Fraunhofer IPA and the three other European research institutes are working closely with end users.
The collaboration has several stages: interested companies can apply directly at the Open Lab to participate as end users in ROBOTT-NET. The consortium then selects a total of 64 projects from all applications, each of which receives 400 hours of technical consulting by robotics experts. This is about developing the necessary technical innovation and a corresponding business model. The best eight projects receive 150,000 euros each. This allows the research institutes to convert the automation solution into the final demonstration version.
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