Industry 4.0: Digital Robotized Production center

Industry 4.0: Digital Robotized Production is an inter-institutional training center operating on the premises of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, where students are trained to work at modern digital robotized manufacturing facilities and learn to design such facilities.

The Center includes four laboratories which cover all the aspects of designing so-called “factories of the future”. More than 20 robots of various types and purposes are installed in the Center’s laboratories, along with specialized benches to study industrial control system components. Students will not only be able to acquire skills in programming and setting up robotic complexes, but will also explore the internal makeup of such systems so that, in the future, they could participate as engineers in the development of new hardware designs for the Russian industry.

It is a unique feature of the Center that it can be used to train groups of 16 to 20 people simultaneously, while the overwhelming majority of similar centers in Russia and abroad are designed for simultaneous work of just 4 to 6 people or of scattered teams.

Laboratories within the Center:

Digital Robotic Manufacturing Laboratory. In the laboratory, students learn to design and program processes at robotic manufacturing sites, to work with modern computer-aided design (CAD) tools for machines with computer numerical control (CNC), to acquire the skills of an engineer and operator of modern SCADA-systems and distributed process control systems in digital robotic production. The laboratory equipment includes 8 industrial robots connected by a common transport system, 2 robotic warehouses and 4 CNC machines.

Hardware Components for Industrial Robotics Control Systems Laboratory. At this laboratory, students learn to design control systems made up of modern industry-standard hardware components. Students also master advanced software development techniques for such systems, including the use of real-time operating systems and Hardware-In-Loop simulation. The equipment consists of eight workbenches, each equipped with a programmable logic controller (PLC), a frequency converter, a two-axis servo drive, two step drives, an emergency safety system conforming to IEC61508, a distributed I/O system, and a Cartesian kinematics training robot.

Laboratory of Data Measuring Instruments for Industrial Robotic Systems. At this laboratory, students explore the reasonable choice method and learn to use modern data measuring instruments in designing industrial control systems, as well as to configure them in practice. The laboratory equipment includes vision systems, force-torque sensing systems, platform-free inertial navigation systems, ultrasonic and laser distance sensors.

Laboratory of Mathematical Simulation and Digital Industrial Robot Twins. At this laboratory, students learn to independently design industrial control systems, and also to model and create digital twins of robotic complexes.