Launch of the research to get humanoids at Airbus

Robot-HRP the announcement took place today at the Embassy of France in Tokyo. the French Robotics Laboratory, the Joint Robotics Laboratory, will conduct a program of research with the Airbus Group. The objective of these 4 years of research will be to enter the Humanoids on the aircraft assembly lines. Because if Airbus began to introduce robots and a few Humanoids in his workshops, they remain glued to their workstations. Researchers will write algorithms that will allow them to move in the Assembly halls and in the cabins being assembled.

The humanoid, a versatile and agile robot interested Airbus

Researchers from the CNRS and AIST (national Institute of advanced industrial science and technology Japanese), grouped in the JRL, will work with Airbus engineers to develop software that will allow to use the Humanoids in the mounting planes. To achieve this goal, will have to learn to these robots that are already struggling to walk to move in confined spaces, climb ladders, walk on uneven surfaces without hitting objects and the companions who will work alongside them. A real technical challenge that prevents for the moment to Humanoids from the laboratories.

Robot-HRP-echelle in the context of European funding Horizon 2020, JRL Comanoid research project (Multi-contact collaborative humanoids in difficult access airliner)
Assembly line operation) will find in the Airbus assembly halls the ideal scope of these algorithms.

CNRS press release highlights the difficulties posed by such an environment, but also the interest to rely on Humanoids to mount airliners. Unlike the automotive industry where robots tirelessly repeating the same tasks on a large number of copies, the installation of an airliner is characterized by the low number of copies produced and a wide variety of tasks to accomplish. Nevertheless, the size of an Airbus involves having to work on bridges, climbing ladders where, on the contrary, sneak into narrow passages or a fuselage cluttered multiple cables and equipment. Thanks to the advances made by the JRL, humanoid robots can achieve multi-contact displacements, i.e. rely on a wall or a table to move in too cramped to stay standing places. These modes of travel have already been tried on HRP-2 and HRP-4 robots

More versatile than the ‘classic’ industrial robots, Humanoids will be able to adopt various postures in order to place coins in the structures, tighten nuts if necessary measurements. The official release does not mention in which workshops will be carried out tests, nor even what channels of fixtures will see land Humanoids. Release evokes both the Civil Aviation activity and Assembly of the helicopters, and yet space activity. However will have to be patient before they see hordes of robots busy on an Airbus A380, or rather the successor of the A380 because researchers believe that robots will be designed following this program will not appear before 10 to 15 years.

Translation : Bing Translator


“humanoid robots are at work”, CNRS Journal, February 12, 2016

“of humanoid in aeronautical tomorrow plants robots”, the CNRS press release, February 12, 2016

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