TÜV AUSTRIA offers a complete service package in the field of industrial robotics.
- Risk analysis according to ISO 10218, ISO/TS 15066:2016, assessment of biomechanical limit values according to ISO/TS 15066:2016
- Support and guidance for development with design and process FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effects Analyses), workplace evaluation
- Test of functional safety: electrical, electronic, electronically programmable systems, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical tests, type examination according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, CE conformity assessment/verifications
- IT security: verification of secure data networking and transmission within the system and to the outside; simulation of attacks on the infrastructure (penetration tests), network security according to ISO/IEC 18028, setup/auditing of information security systems
Whether you are an industrial company, plant operator, in the commercial or service sector, a start-up, or simply in the initial phase. TÜV AUSTRIA´s expertise gives manufacturers, operators, suppliers, authorities and municipalities the important added value of sustainable, flexible and, above all, practical solutions.
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TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer Austria and Joanneum Research are setting up an exemplary human-robot collaboration system at TU Vienna’s Pilot Factory Industry 4.0 (Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0) in Aspern. The insights gained provide valuable incentives for future industrial production processes. It has become impossible to imagine the economy of the future without the cooperation of humans and robots. In contrast to earlier trends favoring unattended automation of production, today it is about optimum designs for production systems with combinations of humans and machines. In such HumanRobot-Collaboration (HRC), each participant plays a part with their own special abilities. Humans score with their methodology, intuition, flexibility, faculties and problem-solving orientation; while machines do so with high repetition accuracy, force and precision as well as with more documentation. Both together not only increase efficiency in production, but also ensure an additional boost in quality. TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer Austria and Joanneum Research contribute specific know-how regarding risk assessment in terms of machinery safety, IT security, production management and production logistics as well as metrological assessment of HRC systems. TU Vienna’s Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory (Industrie 4.0 Pilotfabrik) enables testing and research of new production concepts in a protected, low-risk environment. Safety plays an important role in the process. Christoph Schwald, corporate innovation manager of TÜV AUSTRIA: “Efficiency enhancement and quality improvement can only be successfully implemented in HRC applications if appropriate safety systems are allowed for. Safety must be taken into consideration comprehensively, meaning both functional safety and information security. In an Industry 4.0 context, IT security and machinery safety grow together entirely.”
More in it for the economy
The findings of the tests are transferred directly to industry and business. Fabian Ranz from Fraunhofer Austria: “In addition to the safety aspects, the biggest challenges are not only to ensure technical feasibility but also to guarantee the economic efficiency of the processes. Only then will we achieve a point at which industry will be ready to put the principles we are exploring here into practice.” Michael Hofbaur is setting up a robotics research center for Joanneum Research. The researcher introduces the expertise available there to the metrological assessment of HRC systems. “With our findings, we are providing additional added value for the Pilotfabrik in Aspern. Robotics requires specific knowledge, in assembling parts, for instance. We create safe and secure applications by means of appropriate configurations.”
Production of the future
Robotics has made great progress in recent years and is constantly evolving. The experts at TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer and Joanneum Research emphasize that science and technology partners therefore need to develop solutions for how to deal with safety and security concerns as well as risk issues.
No matter whether it be a large vehicle fleet or a manageable number of company vehicles – there is a lot of potential in optimizing any vehicle fleet. This begins with the right choice of vehicle or appropriate financing and ranges from professional fleet management to fuel cards and recycling end-of-life vehicles. With its interdisciplinary know-how in the areas of fleet management, transport, CO2 reduction, electric mobility, charging infrastructure and photovoltaic plants as well as funding opportunities, TÜV AUSTRIA offers companies a unique portfolio of services. With “e-fleet”, TÜV AUSTRIA developed an offering in 2016, with which companies not only make a big contribution toward preserving the environment and set an example for greater awareness, but also save money. Experts have calculated that people who drive electric vehicles not only drive at significantly less cost than they would with conventional fuel but they also save around 35 percent in maintenance expenses. e-fleet helps save money e-fleet identifies instances of existing potential in a vehicle fleet and makes them transparent, managing them effectively and efficiently with the help of an innovative online administration portal. This gives companies a comprehensive account of vehicles, infrastructure and contracts, all in one place. Special features include, among other things, a compilation of reports according to customized needs and an optional driver’s logbook for each employee. All vehicles are centrally managed in a modern database and constantly compared with new reference vehicles. This allows those in charge of vehicle fleets always to know which vehicle is currently best suited to their needs. In addition, in-service training is offered in the subjects of fleet management, electric mobility and the Austrian Federal Energy Efficiency Act. In addition to promoting electric mobility, TÜV AUSTRIA is a competent go-to partner for gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, for vehicle conversions, tuning and type approvals. With testing locations in Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria, TÜV AUSTRIA experts are always close to the motor community in Austria and southern Germany. On top of that, the company also operates one of the largest wheel and tire databases in Europe and has long been a sought-after partner for wheel and tire tests.