Connect and control anything from conveyor belt to AGV
The architecture of the ComFlow software framework allows connection of any robotic system. The integration will be done by software specialists and after that, everybody can program the systems and create complex processes.
The software graphical user interface integrates an easy to use process designer together with digital twins of every integrated system.
Developed by researchers at the BIBA, this software framework aims to provide an easy to understand programming interface for multiple technical or robotic systems. It was founded by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) and the Bremer Aufbau-Bank (BAB).
ComFlow makes programming multiple systems easy…
… with visual process flow representation that allows easy process creation and modification. The integrated process designer utilizes concepts from visual programming and displays processes in a way that everybody understands.
… with digital twins that display the state of the machine. This display comes with 3D environment and physical simulations when needed, so that the process can be setup without testing on the real system. The use of simulations provides save testing and process creation.
… with human operator tasks nodes and decision nodes within the process. This allows the easy integration of human driven decisions at process time, which can be utilized to handle errors and other unexpected behavior.
Logistic flow of parcels within the production facility of Cellumation GmbH using a robotic arm, gripper, celluveyor and light barriers.
Hand detection and robot collaboration
Image based hand detection together with human robot collaboration.
Human task allocation
Easy to configure process task allocation for humans and machines.
Who are we?
The BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is a research institute focused on engineering science. It was founded in 1981 as one of the first affiliated institutes of the University of Bremen and counts as one of the largest research facilities in the federal state of Bremen. Based on distinct fundamental research, BIBA carries out applied and contract research, both on national and international level, in the areas of production and logistics for relevant industries like logistics, automotive, aviation and wind energy.