COMET

Introduction

The 30 month COMET project aimed to overcome the challenges facing European manufacturing industries by developing innovative machining systems that are flexible, reliable and predictable with an average of 30% cost efficiency savings in comparison to machine tools. From a conceptual point of view, industrial robot technology could provide an excellent base for machining being both flexible and cost efficient. However, industrial robots lack absolute positioning accuracy, are unable to reject disturbances in terms of process forces and lack reliable programming and simulation tools to ensure right first time machining, once production commences. These three critical limitations currently prevent the use of robots in typical machining applications.

 

Objectives

  • Pioneer a new generation of adaptive production systems using industrial robots

  • Demonstrate the new technologies in industrial environments in these four sectors:

    • automotive

    • aerospace and aeronautics

    • moulds and die

    • high precision components

  • Disseminate project results and develop training programs

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