COROMA is a European project that seeks to develop a new intelligent, modular and flexible industrial robot concept with the capability to carry out multiple processes and manufacture of metal and composite material parts.

Specifically, the new system will carry out tasks such as drilling, trimming, deburring, polishing, sanding, non-destructive inspections and could even be used as a moving support for the manufactured parts themselves.

The system will be equipped with a simple interface for the robots to receive basic commands that require minimum programming effort by the human operator. The control system will also be optimised so that the robotic system is aware and reactive to the process condition.

Says Shadow Robot Company managing director Rich Walker: “We’re really happy to be involved in this consortium. We see manufacturing as the next market we want to enter, and working on this project helps us to achieve that. COROMA brings together the best of European technology organisations, and I think it will be a very exciting journey to work with them and see this new tech evolve.”

COROMA has a budget of more than €7 million, of which €6m has been funded by the European Commission through the program to boost research and innovation, Factories of the Future, within the Horizon 2020 multiannual framework.

The initiative began at the end of last year and concludes in October 2019. A total of 16 companies, research centers and universities from seven different countries are participating. Under the leadership of IK4-IDEKO, Aciturri, ENSA and Beneteau will implement the demonstrators. Also taking part in the project are the University of Nantes, the University of Sheffield, The Royal Stockholm Technology Institute, The German Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, the robot manufacturer Stäubli, the companies Convergent Information Technologies, IT+Robotics, BA Systemes, Shadow Robot Company, SORALUCE manufacturer or Milling Machines, Milling-Boring Machines and Machining Centres. and Europe Technologies and the German Standardisation Institute.