The fast-changing market trends and customer demands require the manufacturing industries to shorten their time to market to maintain their competitiveness. Customer changing requirements and increased product complexity are largely the most compelling drivers of agile manufacturing industry. It implies constant reprogramming of production tools and robots for the companies, which is costly and time-consuming, especially for SMEs. In order to meet this challenge, the ACROBA project will develop generic robotic platforms tailored to the specific needs of the companies that would be the key step to increase their level of automation within agile production and mass customization scenarios, reducing costs, increasing performance and therefore gaining competitiveness.
The ACROBA project, co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, will last 42 months from January 1st 2021. ACROBA brings together a consortium of 17 partners from 9 EU countries and is coordinated by the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Berner Fachhochschule).