Reconfigurable Cobotic Production Assistant

Reconfigurable Cobotic Production Assistant

The RECOPRODAS demonstrator's main achievement is the development and feasibility demonstration of a production assistant in the form of a mobile cobot unit dedicated to a cell. The cobotic production assistant (CPA) can be docked to any machine within the cell through an innovative docking mechanism ensuring mechanical alignment, electrical, and pneumatic power to the CPA and I/O signal exchange between machine and CPA. Inside the cell, the human operator decides which task the cobot should execute for the production batch at hand.

The solution

The demonstration has proven the technological and economic feasibility of reconfigurable mobile cobotic production assistants (CPA) that can flexibly be used at the different workstations or machines to take over certain repetitive tasks of the operator. The operator responsibility will hence shift to ownership of the cell focusing amongst others on quality control and time-based planning of the cell to assure ultra-short leadtimes (quick response manufacturing).


The RECOPRODAS demonstrator's challenge was first to create a proof of concept for a manually transportable cobotic platform that can easily, yet accurately dock at the different machines, while considering safety aspects regarding human/robot collaboration. Moreover, a universal I/O connector had to be developed to connect the CPA securely with the different machines. The upcoming challenge was to create the concept for a modular fixture for a variety of parts (without the need for referencing at each machine) and the proof of concept for a gripper/tool system for fast-changing between grippers and tools. The last challenge was the approach for low-level programming of the CPA by the operators at the machines.


Project success is measured by 1) Reduction of the production lead time for the brackets (target at least 25%), 2) Percentage increase in orders for brackets (target at least 10%) and 3) Quality improvement for production of brackets (target at least 25% less scrap). Additionally (but less quantifiable) project success results in more human-centered work (more challenging and appealing for technical operators). It is important to mention that project results can also be applied to the other production processes (and product families) at Malmar and in the other Malmar production sites (Latvia), ensuring sustainable and continuous growth.

Facts and figures

  • FSTP Name:


  • Beneficiary Lead:

    Malmar Lithuania UAB

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  • End User:

    Production of Malmar Lithuania

  • Start Date - End Date:

    01/11/2021 - 31/08/2022

  • Duration:

    11 months

  • FSTP Funding:

    190 683,85 €

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  • Project results
    This flexible solution is a real game-changer for Malmar and its employees. Recently, 4 women were empowered from internal logistics to co-bot operator. This human-centred vision will help us to both retain and attract people.

    Oskars Dullis, R&D Technologist

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