Mobile Autonomous Systems
and Cognitive Robotics


Mechatronic Handling Manipulators in Dynamic Workspaces

Key Facts

Funding Agency

ZIM-KF-Teilprojekt - Kooperationsprojekt zwischen Unternehmen und Forschungseinrichtungen, Ministerium für Innovation, Forschung und Technologie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Funding Number


Supervising Professors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kallweit, Prof. Dr. Alexander Ferrein, Prof. Ingrid Scholl

Scientific Staff

Heiko Engemann (M. Eng.), Dr.-Ing. Faraj Alhwarin


Manipulation systems are being used for liftingn and handling support in industry since many years. However, many times working with such systems is missing the necessary reproducible precision, efficiency and ergonomy to fullfil the needs of the market. The Mechapulator project is concerned with developing a new innovative manipulation technology with mechatronic properties that can %%% these deficits and at the same time %%% new application options. %damit diese Defizite weitestgehend behoben und gleichzeitig neue Anwendungsmöglichkeiten erschlossen werden können. At the core it uses an integrated ROS-based control technique. It can react intelligently on new situations and can increase efficiency with its new features.

This includes:

What is more, switching between manual and semi-automatic mode should be possible in cases of repetitive tasks, e.g. with common pick and place situations. In such cases pre-configured functions are available to the user.

The innovative use of sensors, actuators, and algorithms from mobile robotics in industrial handling allows for a demand-driven automation and is an important and broad application area, especially for SMEs. In this regard, an economically viable solution should be developed in close cooperation of industry and academia.

Mechapulator at 4handling GmbH