Mature Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI)

Collaborating robots are a trend: In contrast to conventional robots, which operate in protected zones for safety reasons and to avoid accidents, sensors and imaging technology enable the robot to react to human movement and stop it if necessary. For the first time, this enables direct cooperation between human and robot.

The HRI competence has taken the robot out of its protection zone in favour of lean production processes and put it aside for the human being. In "human versus robot" the human colleague acts with knowledge, the application of these competences, judgement and creativity. In teamwork, the robot takes the strain off the human colleague with persevering precision and speed, even in monotonous tasks and with a consistently high level of power input.

HRI competence optimizes working conditions

As a partner in industrial automation, TRAPO AG teams are redesigning the cooperation between humans and robots — with modern human-robot collaboration concepts that humanize workplaces in a sustainable way.

In doing so, collaborating robots revolutionize cooperation within the production process by isolating sources of error and relieving employees sustainably.

When humans and robots carry out assembly work together, this optimizes production working conditions — and increases efficiency, flexibility and safety as a result.

HRI: Human and Robot share workspace

  • HRI robots lift heavy weights and take over monotonous tasks in order to relieve employees
  • Assistance robots work as an additional hand of the human colleague
  • Reproducible processes are permanently executed by the robots at maximum speed and in perfect quality
  • HRI robots offer maximum flexibility in production
  • Contact between human and robot outside the safety fence: Hands and grippers touch and act safely next to and with each other when processing workpieces

Industry 4.0: Further development oft he HRI competence

Our vision is to improve the living and working conditions of the future with modern automation solutions.

The advantages of current drive technology, robotics and functional safety as well as image processing and IT networking are bundled in automated overall lines. In doing so, we make optimum use of the special capabilities of man and machine within production.

TRAPO AG goes the decisive step further: with driverless transport systems plus robots that support people exactly where they are needed.

Robots whose action space was previously restricted to special safety zones operate on the TRAPO Transport Shuttle (TTS). The TTS can be docked at any workplace within the production flow. There the mobile HRI robot is available for palletizing purposes, for example.

Mobile revolution with 6 axes: TTS Series with HRI robot

With the flexible TTS plus HRI robot, TRAPO AG, as a partner in industrial automation, makes future visions for production come true: the highest possible mobility of the TTS series on the one hand, combined with a safe, collaborating robot on the other hand, which works directly with humans.

The application of the mobile, collaborating robot also includes tailor-made grippers; their development is one of the core competences of TRAPO AG. The duo offer enormous added value, because the mobile robot relieves the burden as an additional hand of the employee exactly where it is needed: It conveys, (de-)palletizes, forms perfect layers and packs.

The mobile MRK robot orients itself on the way and in the target position via the scanners of the automated guided vehicle system. If necessary, the HRI robot can adjust itself to the correct position with the help of image processing at the respective workstation before executing its actual task.

TIM®, the TRAPO Intelligent Management System, takes over this control as well as maintenance tasks and furthermore provides an overview of the system statuses & much more.

Optionally supplied with capacitor, lead crystal battery or lithium ion battery, the mobile TTS can run through up to two shifts in production. An inductive power supply is also available.



  • High payload in relation to the reach: for example, the HRI 6-axis robot has a payload of 12kg with an action radius of 1300mm; a repeat accuracy of +/-0.1mm and moves at 1m/s
  • 12kg as the permissible weight on the robot hand — when using a suction gripper, this corresponds to up to ten kilograms
  • Simple programming of the robot possible by manual guidance of the robot hand
  • TTS, HRI robot plus gripper, gripper changing systems on request
  • The TTS offers a choice of inductive, autonomous or optical navigation — and thus the widest possible range of applications
  • Replaces and supplements rigid conveying and palletizing systems — for more space and flexibility
  • Mecanum wheels rotate on the spot and allow area-directional movement
  • Modular principle for flexible configurations
  • The HRI robot is only one of the possibilities for customer-specific superstructures - for example conveyors or integrated lifting function

Robot and human reach out to each other

Visible from afar, the four-metre high sculpture by the Italian artist Angelo Monitillo welcomes guests of TRAPO AG. Monitillo has implemented the central theme, the encounter between human and robot. For his work he used punched and lasered objects from the production line that were no longer needed.

TRAPO AG has perfected the safe cooperation between human and robot within the vision of Industry 4.0. Robots, whose scope of action has so far been limited to special safety zones and separating protective devices, act on mobile tool trolleys, which can be docked to manual workstations as required. These assistance robots recognize humans and grip "hand in hand" — without posing a risk of injury.