- 3D Printing Centre – 130 m2.
- Smart Grid Lab – 90 m2.
The laboratory focuses on production machines and technologies – located in the basement 570 m2.
- Robotic laser cell
- Femtosecond+nanosecond laser machine
- Education and training area
- Metrology laboratory
- Machining and hybrid processes area
- Tool setting area
- Collaborative robot area
- EDM machine
- Industrial robot area
Data Life cycle
- IoT and data analytics in data acquisition
- Data storage
- Big data
- Edge computing
- Data privacy and sovereignty
Digital twin and digital shadow
- Processing of production data, process state analysis, production scenarios, manufacturing processes, metrology solutions, statistical process control
- Matching of physical systems and simulations, virtual commissioning
- Dynamic models of machines
Production processes and production machines
- Production machines
- Machining processes and process optimization
- Laser technologies
- Additive and hybrid manufacturing
- Advanced robotics for industrial production
- Process and machine diagnostics
Smart Factory & Distributed production
- Production as an interconnected ecosystem of productions sites, logistics & customers, autonomous distributed decisions & production plans
- Automatic production planning
- Material flow planning
- Modular and flexible production
- Logistic operations
- Production as a service – next stage of distributed production
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- Consulting services
- Equipment and infrastructure rental
- Lab & Testbed tours
Advanced Digital Skills & Training
- Educational activities in the field of digitalization and AI techniques & technologies
- Technology courses and consultations in the field of digitalization and technologies using artificial intelligence and machine learning
Innovation Ecosystem & Networking
- Connections with organisations and partners in the field of AI in the Czech Republic and the EU
- Sharing best practice and tech transfer
- Connection with accelerators and technological integrators
Support to Find Investments
- Information and consulting support in finding financial resources (especially grant schemes) for the implementation of digital innovation projects
Dr. Pavel Burget
Director of the Testbed for Industry 4.0
Robotics and Flexible Production Lab
CIIRC CTU in Prague
Dr. Petr Kolář
Deputy Head of IPA CIIRC CTU
Robotics and Production Technologies Lab
CIIRC CTU in Prague
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The Prague testbed lays on two floors of the CIIRC CTU. The ground floor laboratory focuses on automatic assembly, planning and virtualization of production. The basement part is focused on production machines & technologies. That is where joint research of CIIRC CTU and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU takes place and allows for unique educational conditions. The Testbed is used for research, development, teaching and collaboration with industrial partners. It allows testing solutions for advanced and integrated industrial production and processes for intelligent factories. Prague testbed is involved in several international research projects, mostly in the field of Industry 4.0. The testbed allows optimization of energy efficiency of production systems, diagnostics and predictive maintenance or data mining within the product life cycle.
Read more about our demonstrators showcased at the International Engineering Fair in Brno 2023.
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Part I: Robotics and Flexible Production Lab
On the ground floor of the Prague testbed, there are modules designed for flexible production. Universal robotic and production cells, including collaborative robots, are intralogically connected by a fleet of mobile robots and trolleys, software and data also at the level of edge devices, server and cloud applications using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms; by software and data also at the level of the so-called edge equipment and manufacturing execution system (MES) through server and cloud applications using artificial intelligence algorithms. estbed allows experimenting with available devices or connecting new devices. Thanks to the versatility of the production elements and the control system, the same resources can be used and optimised to perform different operations. The testbed enables experimentation with available devices or the connecting of new devices. There is also an opportunity to test the possibilities of 5G networks (first private 5G network for industrial research in Eastern Europe) within interconnected partner “testbeds” or experimental factories of the future.
The facilities are complemented by a state-of-the-art 3D printing centre with industrial 3D printers of different technologies (MJF, FDM, PolyJet, laser sintering) for printing from plastics and metals. Functionally and research-wise, the Smart Grid Lab for the development of advanced energy systems, including the connection to the photovoltaic system, is also connected to the testbed.
Selected unique technologies:
- The production line with conveyor and robots for flexible production supplying parts from the automatic warehouse via autonomous robotic trucks. The conveyors and robots can be controlled either from a central production control system or through a multi-agent system, with the individual machines (conveyor, robots, but also autonomous robotic supply) representing separate autonomous agents.
- Technologies for automatic assembly, planning and virtualization of production, including equipment for augmented and virtual reality (AR/ VR)
- Multi-axis motion system – delta robot with conveyor with visual guidance and synchronized robot and conveyor axes, including torque sensors on all axes of the delta robot
- Automated warehouse with a fleet of autonomous mobile robots that provide intralogistics operations for other stationary manufacturing and assembly cells
- Robotic cell with several robots including a collaborative robot and a conveyor allowing synchronisation of robot and conveyor movements to perform part operations directly on the moving conveyor
- Robotic workstation equipped with a laser tracker for precise absolute position measurement, which is used both for measuring larger parts (e.g. an internal combustion engine block) and for research in the field of robotic 3D printing
- A range of collaborative and industrial robots equipped with various grippers, force sensors, camera systems and visualisation tools for research into innovative solutions for automated robot assembly.
Part II: Robotics and Production Technologies Lab
The lower part of the Prague testbed is focused on the research of production technologies. The scope is on machining processes, additive manufacturing processes, laser-based processes and hybrid processes. There are three areas of the research focus: a) experimental research of manufacturing processes, including in-process monitoring and physic-based modelling of the processes; b) control of production machines for efficient realisation of the manufacturing processes, including advanced physics-based models of the machines; c) integration of the production chains including intralogistics and knowledge sharing between production machines and processes.
The RICAIP investment completed previous laboratory equipment. Currently, within the research of machining operations, the laboratory is equipped with the horizontal machining centre TAJMAC-ZPS H630. This compact and rigid machine with automatic pallet exchange is the main machine for experimental work in the machining area. The experimental potential of the machine is enhanced with the sets of external sensors (accelerometers, dynamometer etc.) for the machining process characterisation. The machine is equipped with advanced control system options and with the Siemens Edge device enabling to monitor the process through the control system data.
The industrial robot area is equipped with industrial robots for machining and AM application. There are three robots equipped with the milling spindle. Optionally, the spindle can be replaced with the printing head equipped with the extruder for manufacturing of large plastic parts. The geometrical complexity of workpieces as well as advanced opportunities for movement control research are enhanced with the additional rotary-tilting table. Moreover, the laboratory is also equipped with a family of smaller (max. payload of 10-14 kg) industrial and collaborative robots from various producers (KUKA, ABB, FANUC, STÄUBLI) for research of assembly operations and human-robot collaboration.
Besides these visible machines, the laboratory is equipped with improved communication and data infrastructure. The laboratory has an internal optical high-speed network, full covering with a 5G network and high-performance servers for fog processing of the manufacturing data collected from the mentioned processes. This data infrastructure is shared with the upper part of the laboratory and concurrently supports the finding of answers for challenges of modern distributed production across the whole RICAIP network.
Prague Testbed Gallery
Photos: Jiří Ryszawy (CTU), Marie Svatoňová (CIIRC CTU)
The two parts of the Testbed – the part for robotics and flexible production and the part for robotics and production technology, will be interconnected at the level of production coordination, data collection & sharing to allow the creation of additional scenarios corresponding to production, for assembly and scenario combining automatic & manual production operations.