In MERGING, we look at the automation of handling flexible materials in production processes. It’s something not yet applied at a large scale because of the lack of satisfying solutions in the market whereby a smart system can deal with the changing shapes of the flexible materials and handle them with care. By delivering a versatile, easy-to-use, and low-cost system, we can help the European industry, particularly in sectors such as textile, food and transport. As part of the project, Shadow Robot is creating an optimised dexterous multi-finger gripper equipped with an adaptive electro-adhesive skin. This will help determine how to pick-up materials while controlling their level of bending and deformation.

Date: 2019-2023

Funded by: EU-H2020 (Under the Grant Agreement No: 869963)

Lead: Commissadriadt A L Energie Atomieque Et Aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)

Partners: The Shadow Robot Company (Shadow), The Shadow Robot Company Espana SL (Shadow Espana), Panepistimio Patron (LMS), Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL), Asociacion De Investigacion Metalurgica Del Noroeste (AIMEN), Seleccion De Corseteria Slu (SELMARK), VDL Fibertech Industries BV (VDL), Thimonnier SAS (THIMONNIER), Centre Technique Industriel De La Plasturgie Et Des Composites (IPC), SYM Vouloi Kai Proionta Logismikou AE (CASP), Opteamum