On the design of the ROBO-PARTNER Intra-factory logistics autonomous robot

A. Lourenço, F. Marques, R. Mendonça, E. Pinto, J. Barata

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The trends of manufacturing have now begun to call for a more adaptive and dynamic shop floor in the automation industry. The advancements in mobile robotics of recent decades have inspired and cemented a belief that multiple autonomous mobile robotic agents, often cooperatively sharing the workspace with humans, will significantly contribute to a truly flexible shop floor of the future. This article reports on the design specifications for one such robotic agent, the Intra-factory Mobile Assistant Unit (IMAU), able to carry material boxes between supermarkets and assembly stations, dynamically avoiding obstacles, throughout the shop floor. The solution will make shop floor logistics more flexible, reduce the allocated space for buffers, and, also, ease the human workload. The article will cover the sensing, actuation, communication, software architecture, and the seamless integration into the plant's execution system, which shape the autonomous logistics robot to be deployed into a working automotive shop floor during the ROBO-PARTNER project. © 2016 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSMC 2016 - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2016 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9 Oct 201612 Oct 2016


ConferenceInternational Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2016
City Budapest


  • Cybernetics
  • Floors
  • Machine design
  • Mobile agents
  • Navigation
  • Robotic assembly
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous agents


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