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The Shorts’ Project

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InfraBuild had a number of reasons for partnering with the Australian Cobotics Centre:

  • improving working conditions for employees,
  • reducing fixed costs
  • increasing customer satisfaction with improved quality

​It was also important to them that any solutions we developed fit into the existing operations and did not require significant modification of their plants, processes and equipment. The Shorts Project is the first project we have developed with InfraBuild and the first project of the Centre.

Researchers from the Biomimic Cobots program are working with Infrabuild’s Sydney mill to research and develop a high speed sensing and control system that is capable of identifying the steel bars and coils and have the ability to be able to work safely within relative proximity of their operators.

This will result in better working conditions for employees who will now operate the cobot instead of complete the tasks, and a more accurate and efficient identification process, resulting in higher quality products for their customers.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by mid-next year.

The project also includes the input of the Centre’s Engineers from QUT’s REF group.

Associated Researchers

Teresa Vidal-Calleja

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
University of Technology Sydney
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Mats Isaksson

Research Program Co-lead (Biomimic Cobots program)
Swinburne University of Technology
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Fouad Sukkar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Biomimic Cobots Program)
University of Technology Sydney
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