As a research group, we believe that industrial research is a key topic to stimulate the growth and development of universities and enterprises. The exchange of knowledge and the implementation of projects increases the attractiveness of universities, the competitiveness of enterprises, the employability of students and the economic and social growth of the involved partners.
Hereafter is a presentation of the active projects on which we are currently working, as well as a collection of past projects and partners.
The ROSSINI project aims at designing, developing, and demonstrating a modular and scalable platform for the integration of human-centred robotic technologies in industrial production environments. This will be achieved by developing innovative technological components and methodologies in all fields related to collaborative robotics, and by integrating such components in an open platform ensuring quick ramp-up and easy integration, making Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) a viable choice for manufacturers.
Cable-driven parallel robots for automatic recovery of cargo in marine applications
This project focuses on the study of a cable-driven parallel robot (CDPR) for the automated handling of cargo from the side of a ship. Handling operations are performed at sea, under calm to mild weather conditions, thus both the cargo and the ship (on which the robot is installed) may possess oscillatory motions.
Robotic devices for pick and place operations assisted by vision systems for the feeding of automatic machines with high dynamics
In automatic machines for packaging, it is often necessary to perform pick-and-place operations. The high productivity required by the packaging industry leads to the necessity to execute these operations in the shortest possible time bringing to the use of parallel manipulators. On the other hand, the robot’s tasks become more complex every day, with manipulators cooperating with sensors and vision systems making it difficult to use parallel manipulators in some situations. This project aims to design a robot capable of executing complex pick-and-place operations (e.g. 3D picking) with very high dynamics.
Electromechanical motion systems for naval and submarine applications
Marine propulsion and handling systems, both for surface ships and submarines, have undergone a profound transformation in recent decades, relating to motion transmission and control. This change leads to a technological transformation to move from predominantly hydraulic mechanisms to electrical implementations. This research project focuses on the study of a new-generation of electromechanical actuation devices, in the perspective of performance maximization and reduced environmental impact.
OMNI: An innovative gear transmission for articulated robots
The OMNI project aims to create an innovative transmission for the actuated axes of articulated robots. The most significant features of this kind of robots are the positioning accuracy, the high global stiffness against the requested payload, and the extremely low hysteresis. According to the most used electric motors and angular speed requirements for each axis, high reduction ratios are generally required for this application (up to 160:1). Additional needs coming from the robot market are a high modularity in the motor and speed-reducer combination, as well as improved efficiency in comparison to current transmissions.
We have been involved in industrial projects for many years, and the collaboration with partners has helped us to grow both as people and as a group, gaining experience and skills that can be used to improve the effectiveness and quality of our work.
Here you may find a preview of a few of the most recently concluded project, while the full list of past project can be found by clicking on the button below.
Development of the electro-mechanical systems of the Sample Fetch Rover for the NASA / ESA Mars Sample Return campaign
The Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign is a joint endeavour between the space agencies NASA and ESA, aiming at bringing samples of the Martian surface back to Earth by the early 2030s. The Sample Fetch Rover (SFR) is a key element in this architecture, as it will locate and retrieve the samples previously prepared by the Perseverance rover. The SFR will then deliver the samples to a lander, from which they will be launched into Mars orbit.
Since the introduction of the Industry 4.0 concept, process automation through the use of robots has received increasing attention. In the current context, logistics has significantly benefited from this innovation and the growing need for optimization in the transportation of goods has encouraged the use of mobile robots (AMR) in modern storage centres. At the same time, collaborative robots (or cobots) have become very popular in various industrial applications thanks to their safe interaction with humans.
FlexCoBot – Collaborative robotics for advanced, interconnected and flexible manufacturing systems
The FlexCoBot project aims at studying and developing an innovative, automatic and flexible manipulation system, based on the combined use of collaborative robots (or cobots), mobile robots (AMR, Autonomous Mobile Robot) and advanced perception systems. This robotic system is meant to fulfil the needs of innovation of modern industries in terms of integration and cooperation between robotic systems and human operators.
Analysis, layout definition, simulations and performance of drivetrain functionalities for PHEV-type hybrid vehicles
In recent years, many industrial sectors are increasingly sensitive to the respect and protection of the environment in which we live. Among these, also the automotive sector is contributing more and more to the goal of minimizing polluting emissions from its products. The strong development of electric mobility in the last decade has led car manufacturers to reverse the trend, combining thermal propulsion with electric propulsion, in extreme cases completely eliminating the former.
Development of advanced mechatronic solutions for additive manufacturing
The project is aimed at the study and implementation of advanced mechatronic systems for the process control of machines for FDM (fused deposition moulding) additive manufacturing. These systems will ensure greater dimensional accuracy and strength of the produced components.