rob@work is the prototype of an intelligent mobile robot assistant to support human workers in product environments. The control software of the third rob@work version is based on Care-O-bot technologies that have already been approved in practical settings as well as on the experiences gained through practical application of rob@work 1 and rob@work 2. rob@work 3 combines an omnidirectional mobile base with a modular manipulator system, which enables versatile and effective application in industrial environments.
The high degree of integration of the platform, allied to the availability of various basic robot functionalities, significantly reduces the required development effort for industrial service robot applications. Specific, newly developed functionalities can therefore be tested in the overall context of the robot application. In addition, experimental set-ups and feasibility analyses for a host of industrial tasks can be performed faster and more efficiently thanks to the use of the standardized robot platform. The integration of state-of-the-art technologies from the latest research also allows continuous expansion of the system.