APRIL aims to provide easy-to-set-up, low-cost robots that will reduce the need for manufacturing companies to make substantial investments in tools and structures to handle flexible materials. Shadow Robot is a lead for improving robot grasping and manipulation so that the industry can move towards a multi-purposed approach, particularly within the following three use cases:

Blower assembling
Electronics- Handling of flexible circuits
Pillow Production – Plastics and polyurethanes in the textile industry

This will allow manufacturing companies to have a robot fit-for-purpose when it comes to handling flexible materials without having to spend lots of time and money reconfiguring robotics systems.

You can read APRIL’s official press release here.

Date: 2020-2023

Funded by: EU-H2020 (Under the Grant Agreement No: 870142)

Lead: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Partners: Shadow Robot Company (SRC), Prensilia SRL (PRE), Deutsches Forschungszentrum für. Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI), Tree Technology S.A. (TREE), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Przemysłowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarów PIAP (PIAP), Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento S Anna (SSSA), Instituto Tecnológico del Calzado y Conexas (INESCOP), Kontor 46 di Bonasso Matteo S.a.s. (K46), Silverline Endustri ve Ticaret AS (SLVR), Asociación de Investigación de Industrias Cárnicas del Principado de Asturias (ASINCAR), PEMÜ Műanyagipari Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság (PEMU), Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, S. A. (INCM)