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Danish Technological Institute, Robot Technology Teknologisk Institut, Robotteknologi

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

Danish Technological Institute (DTI)

Coordinator website

https://www.dti.dk/

Year Established

2007

Location

Forskerparken 10F, 5230, Odense (Denmark)

Website

https://www.dti.dk/robot

Social Media

Contact information

Kurt Nielsen
kuni@teknologisk.dk
+45 72 20 22 11

Description

Description

The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) develops, applies and transfers technology to industry and society.

DTI’s main activities in robotics are located in Odense in the Centre for Robot Technology where we are actively involved in many robotics projects in primarily manufacturing, service, construction, food, health and agricultural robotics.

Our focus is innovation - applying new research results and robot technologies to create the robot solutions in the markets of tomorrow.

DTI is a leading European robotics innovator with a staff of more than 40 robotic experts within industry and service. We provide individual consultancy, actual working industrial solutions, courses for both blue- and white-collar workers covering various aspects of robotics, and networking opportunities, as well as performing applied research and development.

Teknologisk Institut udvikler, anvender og overfører robotteknologi til industrien og samfundet. Vores fokus er at kombinere ny forskning, viden og teknologi til at udvikle robotteknologiske løsninger, der fastholder og skaber jobs i Danmark - og gør livet lidt nemmere.

Vi udvikler specialløsninger til alle typer arbejdsopgaver, hvor automation og produktionsoptimering kan effektivisere arbejdsgange. Desuden rådgiver vi omkring anvendelsen af ny robotteknologi og udfører vurderingstjek på virksomheder, der afklarer potentialet i automation.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

DTI is a key player in both regional, national and local initiatives for digitising industry. We are leading several major European robotics projects (ROBOTT-NET, COVR and more) that work to improve production, bring new ideas to market and ensure economic competitiveness for European manufacturing companies.

We are also part of the I4MS initiative of the European Commission through our participation in the AMABLE project. 

We also work with performance contracts for the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education to solve broad societal challenges and develop key-enabling technologies that supports Danish companies' competitiveness. We are a partner of 'MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark', run 'DIRA - the Danish Industrial Robot Association', co-run 'CareNet - National Network for Assistive Technologies' and act as an inspiration central for industrial robot and automation technologies with more than 5000 visitors every year.

Last but not least, we have created a startup hub for young robotics companies together with Odense Robotics and Odense Municipality to provide tech-support, business development, prototyping and financing.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Linak Sends in Robots to Be Their Workers’ Third Hand

Client profile
Linak is producer and global market leader for electrical linear actuator technology, such as is used on desks and hospital beds all over the world.

Client needs
Linak has an ambition to maintain its workforce in Denmark. Therefore it has been necessary for the family-owned company from Southern Denmark to automate as much production as possible. Their next step was collaborative robots.

Provided solution to meet the needs
The Danish Technological Institute has provided knowledge about collaborative robots, helped programme the mock-up, given input to Linak's guideline for programming and guideline for safety.

The solution was done in cooperation with Spanish partners Tecnalia, who provided knowledge about robot selection tools, gripper selection tools and simulation for balancing and layout.

"It has opened our eyes to the size of the automation potential at Linak – it is very big", concludes Michael Koch Larsen, production engineer at Linak.

More details: https://www.dti.dk/specialists/linak-sends-in-robots-to-be-their-workers-8217-third-hand/39265

Futuristic Digital Options at Vestas

Client profile 
Vestas design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe.

Client needs 
Vestas wants to reduce their cycle time and at the same time improve their quality.

Provided solution to meet the needs 
DTI has - in collaboration with Technicon - demonstrated that they are able to get various robotic devices to work together in a whole new way. A mobile robot can "talk to" the other robots in the factory and take care of the logistical tasks.

At Vestas, DTI has utilized a number of modern digital technologies to ensure interaction between a production robot controlled by data, and a mobile robot which also uses data to know what needs to be fetched from where and to manage logistics throughout the factory.

"The fact that we can now get more robotic technologies to work together makes us more competitive," says PEX Coordinator Kim Langhoff from Vestas.

More details: https://www.dti.dk/specialists/dti-is-using-futuristic-digital-options-at-vestas-to-enable-a-mobile-robot-to-serve-as-the-stationary-robot-8217-s-extended-arm/38312

Tendo Creates Wearable Robotic Aid for People

Client profile 
Tendo is a startup company developing wearable robotic aid for people with e.g. spinal cord injuries and arthritis.

Client needs 
Tendo has an ambition to provide a compact, non-invasive and assistive glove for making the lives easier for people with e.g. spinal cord injuries or arthritis affecting their hands. To ensure the non-invasive part of their product, they use intelligent sensors placed on top of the arm that controls the product intuitively.

Provided solution to meet the needs 
The Danish Technological Institute has provided knowledge about artificial intelligence and especially deep learning. We have further programmed a proof-of-concept deep learning model to classify and predict the intended movement. Lastly, we assisted in the data collection and annotation.

More details: https://www.tendoforpeople.se/

From Digital Robot Simulation to Reality for the Foundry Solution Supplier DISA

Client profile 
DISA is a global provider of moulding equipment, innovative foundry technology, solutions and services.

Client needs 
DISA needed a robotic solution to their foundry machine to raise its performance and output.

Provided solution to meet the needs 
Before the 1,500⁰C molten iron flows into moulds and becomes anything from sewage covers to tiles, it passes through a filter to remove impurities. The filter – which previously had to be replaced manually every seven seconds – is now inserted by a robot solution developed by DTI. And it does it so fast that the machine can cast 70 extra moulds per hour. Some moulds contain four separate cavities. So you get four times 70 extra items every hour.

The Danish Technological Institute designing the robot solution in a digital simulation universe, where you can optimize parameters and test that the robot does not hit anything. This has been very valuable for the automation process.  

"It's very expensive to change the design late in the process. Some parts are themselves castings and some parts have a long lead time. So we would prefer to catch any problems 'up front'. DTI has been able to simulate the system for us so that we have not in fact had to redesign any parts during the process," says Carsten Hansen, project manager from DISA.

More details: https://www.dti.dk/specialists/from-digital-robot-simulation-to-reality-for-the-foundry-solution-supplier-disa/39019

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

25-50

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding

Partners

Tecnalia

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


IT University Copenhagen (ITU)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://en.itu.dk/


CEA

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.cea.fr/english


Aarhus University

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.au.dk/en/


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.vttresearch.com/


SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.sdu.dk/da


THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED LBG

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.the-mtc.org/


Danish Technical University (DTU)

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.dtu.dk/english


CNR – Industrial Technologies and Automation Institute - Istituto di Tecnologie Industriali e Automazione (ITIA)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.cnr.it/en


Odense Robotics (OR)

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

https://www.odenserobotics.dk/


MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

http://www.made.dk/


FRAUNHOFER Portugal

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.aicos.fraunhofer.pt/en/home.html


Roessingh Research and Development (RRD)

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.roessingh.nl/


Odense Municipality

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://english.odense.dk/


Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education

Partner Type

National government

Website

https://ufm.dk/en/the-ministry/organisation/danish-agency-for-science-and-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en


Aalborg University (AAU)

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.en.aau.dk/


DIRA (Danish Industrial Robot Association)

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

https://dira.dk/

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems

H2020 Projects

  • XS2I4MS
    Access to I4MS
    Access to I4MS

    The new industrial revolution which is  based on the deep integration of ICT in manufacturing and characterised by new industrial technologies such as cyber-physical systems, IoT, additive manufacturing, and simulation offers great potential. EU industries are well placed to benefit from the new ICT- driven industry, but a challenge is for SMEs to participate in and to benefit from the new industrial revolution. To turn this vision into reality for European SMEs the I4MS project aims to increase the uptake of ICT by manufacturing  SMEs. It does so through innovation and support actions. The Access to I4MS (XS2I4MS) project is  a support action to advance the European I4MS community, and expand its coverage, notably through the I4MS Mentoring programme which is aimed at supporting the establishment of a network of Digital Innovation Hubs.
    XS2I4MS supports the continued expansion of services provided to DIHs in a number of ways. It has established a special section on the single portal for the I4MS community (WP1). The project builds a solid information base for I4MS in WP2 - the I4MS Observatory. Sharing best practices and dissemination (WP3) aims to extend the reach and impact of IMS as widely as possible through the collection of information about other digitization activities in Europe. Brokerage support and information activities (WP4) are aimed at supporting a key task of the DIH and also focuses on the assessment how DIHs can be financed. Specifically, the outreach activities in WP5 (Mentoring and Coaching for Regional Innovation Hubs) aim to extend the network to include SMEs in regions not currently participating in I4MS. WP6 (Management and Coordination) will ensure effective coordination of tasks.
    The XS2I4MS consortium presents a strong mix of organisations to realise excellence and impact. Three large European applied research organisations, TNO, Fraunhofer and VTT, have as their core business transfer of technologies to manufacturing. They have state-of-the art facilities in open innovation. They have programs tailoring technologies and business models to the needs of SMEs. The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is specialized on advanced manufacturing and has a dedicated Training Centre. Brainport Development has a major role to support high-tech SME start-ups in developing business plans, and accessing finance for growth.
  • ReconCell
    A Reconfigurable robot workCell for fast set-up of automated assembly processes in SMEs
    A Reconfigurable robot workCell for fast set-up of automated assembly processes in SMEs

    ReconCell develops a new type of robot workcell, its required process infrastructures and the economic framework for automated robot assembly, especially designed for the needs of SMEs. SMEs would benefit from robotic automation, but often cannot use it due to set-up & maintenance complexity. This requires expert knowledge and time for configuration and programming, which is too costly for them. Robotic automation is, thus, normally economically infeasible for SMEs, especially for small batch sizes. ReconCell develops an easy to (re-)configure and (re-)program workcell, making robot solutions commercially viable even for small batch sizes (~1000 units) by reducing set-up & maintenance effort substantially.

    Specifically, the ReconCell System is based on a layered concept where we start together with the customer with business modelling the planned product assembly based on the ReconCell System to assess its economic viability and provide decisive Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). On approval, the next layer of the ReconCell System implements assembly with automated testing in simulation. Here we use reconfigurable hardware elements to design the required workcell layout and assembly processes. After verification, product assembly takes place in the real workcell under machine vision-based monitoring and novel force-based control of execution to assure product quality using the KPIs. We demonstrate the capabilities of the layered ReconCell System on three real use cases provided by the SMEs of our consortium and two more use cases, established through an open call. In addition, the consortium has started to establish a network of potential ReconCell users to disseminate information about ReconCell technologies to all actors in the value chain, and to raise awareness about the possibilities of automated robot assembly in SMEs. The final aim is to establish a company that commercializes the workcell and associated technologies developed in the ReconCell project.
  • ROBOTT-NET
    ROBOTT-NET - A shared infrastructure to sustainably optimise technology transfer throughout Europe
    ROBOTT-NET - A shared infrastructure to sustainably optimise technology transfer throughout Europe

    The main objective of the TT-Net initiative is to create a sustainable European infrastructure to support novel robotic technologies on their path to market. TT-Net will develop and test mechanisms for sharing expertise and physical research infrastructures, and a unique multidisciplinary approach that enhances cross-fertilisation of ideas between academia and industry. We transform successful national structures and mechanisms used by Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the UK; merging them into a Europe-wide, composite, technology transfer system. Together we will test and improve a four-stage process to accelerate the path to market for new robotic technologies. The first stage involves promoting state-of-the-art industrial and professional service robot technologies to over 1,200 end-users and robot developers (from industry and academia) in a bidirectional exchange of views and opinions about robotic research trends, needs and technology developments, and soliciting participation in TT-Net. The second stage involves technical and business feasibility studies for both end-users and robot developers at about TRL 5. The third stage implements first field trials at TRL 6 for a novel technology and then produces complete TRL 7+ robotic automation solutions at end-user sites. The fourth stage is the completion to TRL 9, facilitated within TT-Net but happening outside project control. Accelerating the path to market of new robot technologies will increase Europe’s market share in both industrial and professional service robotics. Installing European-standard robotic automation at end-user sites instead of the present national-standard automation will contribute substantially to increasing the competitiveness of Europe's manufacturing sector and in particular SMEs.
  • AMable
    AdditiveManufacturABLE
    AdditiveManufacturABLE

    EU SMEs/mid-caps face clear barriers in the uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM) related to lack of skilled human resources, and lack of access to know-how, equipment, infrastructure and markets. The principal objective of this project is to overcome those barriers and enable the uptake of AM technologies by SMEs/mid-caps leading to the development of innovative business and service models and new value-chain models in a fully digital environment – thus bringing their ideas and business cases to life and making their innovations Additively Manufacturable (AMable). To achieve this objective, partners with expertise right across the AM value chain have been brought together from the four corners of the EU to:
    - create an open-sourced-based, living and adapting AM eco-system which can offer required assistance to European SMEs/mid-caps and become self-sustainable after project execution;
    - provide all necessary assistance to SMEs/mid-caps allowing successful exploitation of AM, including 3 ‘competitive calls’ for experiments;
    - offer a comprehensive range of (at least 10) AM support services through an open source- and API-based digital marketplace structured as three Platforms (Technology, Business, and Skills and Education);
    - support and develop ‘best in class’ AM data handling tools and approaches, on an open-source basis.;
    - coordinate the development of synergies with the already existing I4MS framework, Competence Centres, Digital Innovation Hubs and other related research and innovation activities at the European level.
    Through these activities, the following direct impacts are anticipated:
    - >50 SME/mid-cap application experiments
    - >150 SME/mid-cap business case evaluations and/or Application Experiments
    - >500 people trained through AMable approved courses
    - >2,000 SMEs/mid-caps reached through training, roadshow and exhibition events
    - specific support for EU-13 countries, with >5 centres supported and coached
  • HUBCAP
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

    HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
    HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
    The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.
Last updated: 13/02/19 10:09