Progress Smart Tooling project

Smart Tooling is a project within the European program Interreg Flanders-Netherlands. In the Smart Tooling project, with the support of Interreg V Flanders-Holland. SMEs, SMEs, company’s and service providers from the border area Belgium-Holland are brought together as partners to develop robot technology. By working more safe and cost-efficiently we can improve the process industry.

KicMPi has been made responsible for the financial and substantive project management of the Smart Tooling project. The following project partners are working closely together in this project: BASF, Dow Benelux, Impuls Zeeland, REWIN, BOM, BEMAS, Sirris, Ghent University, University of Twente and Avans University of Applied Sciences.

At the moment 19 project partners are participating lightly in this project and are working in clusters. Namely the cluster inspection, workplace, UAS and cleaning. The project has been running for almost three years now. A state of affairs.

Project duration extension:
The Smart Tooling project has started at the 1st September 2016. The original end date would be on the 31st August 2019. On the 10th July 2019 we received approval to extend the project duration until the 31st May 2020. Some of the share projects require a longer duration than the current projects to realize the test plans.

Progress Cluster Workplace:
The cluster workplace puts the focuses on the ‘leak detection’ of the sub-theme and ‘augmented reality’ and ‘workplace robotics’.

Leak detection:
The purpose of this project is for the collaborative robot to help with leak detection.
The Cobot will sniff the potential leaks of a pressurized valve via a probe.

Project partners: ITIS, Sirris (B)

The Dutch company Industrial Test and Inspection Services (ITIS) participates in this project as a partner in collaboration with Sirris.In the first part of the Interreg project was developed a prototype robot.
ITIS is going to work with SIRRIS on a larger Cobot UR10.
The intention is that the Cobot will be operational spring of 2020.

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