Austria’s wood processing industry accounts for 10 billion Euro, which at 3.9% of the gross domestic product ranks just behind the tourism industry (4.2%). Each year, about 18,000 building construction permissions are issued, where prefabricated houses have a share of approx. 30-35%, with an upward tendency over the last years.
Ever higher demands regarding quality standards and individuality pose serious challenges to companies in the wood processing industry.
The goal of the RobWood project is to enable strong individualization of products at an equal or higher level of production efficiency through new technological approaches. The integration of robotics, sensor technology, and knowledge transfer with appropriate human-computer interfaces, applied in production, helps to optimize operating procedures in the wood industry.
Research into opportunities of model-based robot programming will lead to more natural interaction and programming of industry robots. Employees in smaller wood processing companies without in-depth knowledge and sophisticated skills regarding traditional robot programming will be able to program robots themselves.
Research into intelligent technologies for accessing the data and knowledge created thereby has a strong leverage effect on its usage, already within single production enterprises and additionally across company boundaries.
The robot based production optimization pursued by the project has enormous potential regarding the creation of new jobs also in more rural areas, the efficient use of resources, and the transfer of insights to other sectors.
Source ProHolz Austria
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