Suresnes, 06/14/2023 -
The virtual simulation specialist has developed two modules for the Sherlock call for projects.
LS GROUP, a specialist in the development of applications to facilitate the appropriation and use of 3D technologies, has taken part in the Sherlock* call for projects financed by the European Commission. Within this framework, LS GROUP has upgraded its XR Twin solution by adding two additional modules: the human-robot collaboration training module (HTM) and the human-robot collaboration validation module (HVM). The aim of these modules is to simplify the relationship between humans and robots.
Since its creation in 2009, LS GROUP has been involved in a number of innovation projects of this type. Its technological relevance has regularly been recognised, earning it Key Innovator certification from the Innovation Radar platform**.
A major innovation project to improve the human-robot relationship
The Sherlock project brought together 12 partners with a common objective: to explore how robots can contribute to work in industry and simplify their relationship with humans.
The project members worked together to develop flexible and safe human-centred robotic applications adapted to new working environments. They introduced new robotic technologies, such as collaborative robots capable of handling heavy or light loads, exoskeletons and double-armed mobile robots.
A three-year study was carried out to improve the technologies by giving them intelligent mechatronics and cognition based on artificial intelligence, in order to enhance human capabilities.
The development of two modules within the XR Twin solution
To carry out this project and demonstrate its technological relevance, LS GROUP has developed two modules within its XR Twin solution, which is integrated with LS SOFTWARE. This is a stand-alone application for viewing and interacting with virtual reality scenarios.
Human robot collaboration Training Module (HTM)
Based on the observation that the introduction of human-robot collaboration technologies is considerably transforming operators' working methods, LS GROUP has highlighted the need to train workers to work more effectively with digital twins. Workers will have to adapt to a new production environment, receive training in new work procedures and learn to share tasks with collaborative robots.
With this in mind, the HTM module has been developed, offering new approaches to training by exploiting advances in virtual reality to make it easier for workers to learn. HTM is a user-friendly software tool that enables :
end-users to create or customise training scenarios based on 3D models independently,
train operators using virtual reality simulations, where they can interact with a digital representation of the chosen workstation.
Human robot collaboration Validation Module (HVM)
To simplify the risk assessment process while preserving ergonomics and productivity, LS GROUP has developed a technological module called HVM. This module meets three main challenges:
Assessing the risks associated with human-robot collaboration and taking the necessary measures to minimise them. This ensures a safe working environment for the operator by identifying any risks associated with interaction with robots and implementing preventive measures.
Compliance with standards such as ISO 15 066. It provides specific functionalities and measures to ensure that human-robot collaboration complies with established safety standards (compliance with safety distances and speeds, impact force).
Optimising productivity while ensuring operator safety. This module helps to identify best practices and optimal configurations for maximising efficiency and safety between man and his digital twin.
In a nutshell, LS GROUP's HVM module improves human-robot collaboration by providing tools for risk assessment, standards compliance and productivity optimisation.
* Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 820689: Horizon 2020 is the EU's research and innovation funding programme for the period 2014-2020, with a budget of almost €80 billion. - The programme has been replaced by Horizon EuropeEN. LS GROUP received funding from this programme under grant agreement no. 820689.
** The Innovation Radar platform identifies Key Innovators. It is based on information and data gathered by independent experts involved in reviewing ongoing research and innovation projects funded by the European Commission. These experts provide an independent opinion on innovations in the field of projects and their potential markets. More information on the Innovation Radar methodology is available here.
About LS GROUP
Founded in 2009 on the initiative of Stéphane Imbert, formerly of PSA, LS GROUP is committed to developing applications that facilitate the adoption and use of 3D technologies. As a recognised player in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), LS GROUP is committed to enhancing the products and services of various companies and optimising their industrial processes. To date, the company's high-profile customers include companies such as Airbus, Renault, Stellantis, Alstom and Saint Gobain.
Based in Suresnes, the company employs around sixty people and applies its expertise in France and internationally.
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