Neutral Interfaces for Robotics


NIRO - 5109

Keywords CAD, data exchange, neutral data formats/representations, product modelling, robotics, simulation, STEP standard


Start Date: 15-DEC-90 / Duration: 24 months

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The first phase of NIRO is covered by ESPRIT II project 2614. This project covers its continuation and completion. The following text relates to the whole project.

Objectives and Approach

The objective of the project is to develop neutral interfaces and neutral data formats for the exchange of geometrical, technological and programming functions and data between CAD, robot planning and robot control. The user-oriented robot programming language is treated as an interface, between the programmer and the programming system. These developments will be based on formal techniques for specifying the interfaces that are relevant for the robotic application area. In this sense, the proposed project follows the approach of ESPRIT project 322 and extends its scope into the robotics domain.

The main aim is to develop processors, software tools and methods that will enable multivendor systems to be put together. An important topic of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach by constructing prototypes to prove the inter-communication capabilities between systems built from multivendor modules.

The development of neutral interfaces consists basically of the following steps:

Exploitation

Common concepts, specification techniques and languages are to be used for all these applications and the results of ESPRIT projects 623, 688 and 955 will be taken into account. The development results were demonstrated at the CIM-Europe conference on "Neutral Interfaces for Design and Manufacturing" (Odense, 28-30 September 1992), and will be shown at the 1992 ESPRIT Conference (Brussels, 23-27 November). Additional demonstrations are planned at partners' sites (CASA and Fiat). An important part of the project's effort is devoted to introducing the neutral interface specifications into international standardisation activities, especially for STEP- and ISO-based standards.

The work performed during the first year and the results obtained have been published in "ESPRIT Project 2614: NIRO. Status Report 1", Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GMBH, 1991.


CONTACT POINT

Dr Ingward Bey / Mrs U. Frey
KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM
KARLSRUHE GMBH
Postfach 3640
D - 7500 KARLSRUHE
tel: + 49/ 7247-82 5285
fax: + 49/ 7247-825456
telex: 17724716

Participants

KERNFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM
KARLSRUHE GMBH - D - C
BYG SYSTEMS LTD - UK - P
DANSK INGENIOR SYSTEM A/S - DK - P
DISEL SA - E - P
PSI GMBH - D - P
SEEBER SRL - I - P
REIS GMBH & CO MASCHINENFABRIK - D - P
FIAT SPA - I - P
DANMARKS TEKNISKE HºJSKOLE - DK - P
CONSTRUCCIONES AERONAUTICAS SA - E - P


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NIRO - 5109, December 1993


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