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Agnostic and Open Platforms – Flexibility in Robotic Automation

Track: Software and Systems

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 12:00-13:20

Organisers: Jens Kotlarski, Michael Suppa

Main questions to be answered: Are the robotics and the industrial automation market “ready” for an agnostic open platform and which level of integration is appropriate?

Additional questions: Which strategies can we implement to motivate and encourage active participation and collaboration of the open-source community?

Additional questions 2: What are the future skill sets of an automation engineer, and what requirements have to be met by an open platform?

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we practically demonstrate how agnostic software frameworks for industrial automation like voraus.core are paving the way for standardized and simplified development, execution, and optimization of automation processes. Whether you’re an industry veteran or a newcomer to the field of automation and robotics, this workshop will offer valuable insights and spark engaging discussions about the future of open platforms. As a solution that exemplifies the potential of agnostic software in a real-world setting, we will present and discuss the integration of Roboception vision platform with the Fanuc robot family, illustrating a simplified integration and commissioning process which brings together diverse components into an automation solution via Python-based development environment. This versatility is key to breaking the chains of vendor lock-in and opens the door to a world where ecosystem components can be exchanged or where robotic applications can be transferred to new systems with minimal fuss, ensuring that production lines are never outdated or inflexible. Moreover, it leverages the platform for researchers and the robotics/automation community to innovate, share best practices, and contribute to its evolution, fostering a collaborative ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders. This workshop will not only highlight the technical aspects of such an integration but also focus on the broader implications for the industry. We’ll discuss how adopting a hardware-agnostic open platform can lead to significant reductions in expert knowledge, integration time and cost. We’ll explore the potential for scalability, and how such systems can be adapted to meet the evolving demands of modern production environments.

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications

Approach: Part 1) – Technology and Use Case (50 %, 30min) – Session intro incl. motivation – Hardware-agnostic approach from – Platform developer perspective (voraus robotik) – Ecosystem / solution supplier perspective (Roboception) – End user perspective (customer(s) contribution – presented by voraus robotik) Part 2) – Interactive Session (50 %, 30min) – Alternation of interactive polls, their results presentation and discussion together with the audience – Wrap up and Next Steps – Note: This discussion will be initiated and led by the organizers. Part 1) and 2) can also take place alternately.

Contributors: Dr. Andreas Schoob, Head of Product, voraus robotik GmbH, Germany, confirmed Dr. Michael Suppa, CEO, Roboception GmbH, Germany, confirmed Specific customers/end users, not confirmed yet