ARFLEX development

The projectís ambitious aim is to produce a step change in the industrial robot design philosophy with respect to the state of the art.
ARFLEX will further develop some of the main novel research paths explored by the most advanced projects.
As an example, in the field of vision, despite a few European projects dealt with visual servoing issues (uncalibrated visual servoing, hand-eye coordination, active robot vision) - as well as with improved image processing for robot vision - none of them addressed the problem of integrating a manipulator handsí visual guidance with advanced control algorithm into an embedded system. None of them was targeting the goal to overcome the mechanical hardware draw-backs by sophisticated ARFLEX software approach: to shift from the need to impose demanding burden to the mechanical design; to realize the same or better mission requirements (such as precision, speed, etc.) through an optimised integrated electronic design. When these problems are solved, the new technology can be implemented in production.
The ARFLEX step changes in the sectors will follow two base directions: the adoption of innovative control design and the integration in the design of the embedded system technology.

Moreover, part of the ARFLEX efforts will be dedicated to explore the large potential of diffusion of the innovative design in all the market sectors, identifying needs, requirements, solutions. The achievement with respect to the state of the art in the control concept will be based on the application of new non-linear complex control theory.
ARFLEX will open gateways to most common devices in the market: smart robot-sensor control requires decentralized field-bus communication and object oriented software (e.g. CAN, Firewire) and to be compatible with existent devices in the market (Ethernet, DeviceNet, etc). Existent architectures do not support gateways to most of these interfaces.