RED 5R has successfully completed and achieved to become a state reference in the development and application of robotic technologies in perception, interaction and cognition for smart manufacturing.

On 30 June 2024, this collaborative project in robotic technologies in manufacturing completed its third and final milestone. Made up of five leading technology centres in robotics research and technologies – AIMEN, CARTIF, CATEC, EURECAT and TEKNIKER -, the project arose with the aim of establishing a collaborative network, equipped with the necessary technology, tools and infrastructures, to act as a driving force for innovation, development, introduction and transfer of new robotics technologies in the Spanish manufacturing industrial fabric, accelerating the deployment of proprietary solutions in the manufacturing industry.

This initiative has been funded by the  spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation, through the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) in the “Cervera Technology Centres” call.

Throughout the 3 financial years (2022, 2023 and 2024), the network has carried out a series of activities, among which we highlight:

  • Start-up of the five Pilot Factories (one for each network centre) based on the network’s technological assets. These assets are configured in the form of a factory, recreating industrial environments and realistic work operations.
  1. TEKNIKER: Pilot Factory for processing and handling parts in Industry 4.0 environments. 
  2. EURECAT: Pilot Factory for collaborative manufacturing, assembly and inspection.
  3. AIMEN: Pilot Factory for the manufacture of large parts.
  4. CARTIF: Pilot plant for operations with flexible materials.
  5. CATEC: Pilot Plant for supervision and interactive support in manual processes.
  • Improvement of the technological capabilities of the network’s researchers.
  • Creation of a catalogue of assets that have been made available to companies, training centres and research organisations so that they can test them and, where appropriate, integrate them as part of their portfolio of products and solutions.
  • Support for the participation of Spanish companies in the Horizon Europe programme, in which more than 100 companies have participated in proposals together with members of the network.
  • The Cervera 5R prize was held, with the aim of promoting robotic technologies among university students. To this end, a competition was launched in which university teams developed an Artificial Intelligence model capable of accurately segmenting images. The winners were two students from the University of Alicante.
  • Training and dissemination activities, including the 5 open days held in each of the Network’s centres.

In addition, the network has defined its external offer, aligned with the network’s objectives, which can be summarised as follows:

  • State-of-the-art facilities for testing technologies in realistic scenarios available to external agents.
  • Permanent demonstrators in each of the Factories covering a wide range of robotic applications: handling, sorting, interaction, navigation, inspection, machining, etc.
  • Cutting-edge technologies and resources to attract research talent. The network has offered the possibility of carrying out Bachelor’s and Master’s degree projects, as well as doctorate programmes.
  • Consultancy in robotic technology and applications. The network has made available to the industrial community the knowledge of more than 100 experts in robotic technologies.