European Project – Carlos Project

Initial situation

Large semi-structured manufacturing spaces present serious challenges for robot mobility, safety and reliability. This is clearly the case of shipbuilding environments. Shipyards exhibit unique features that challenge but also make of major interest the deployment of mobile robots able to take on arduous repetitive tasks in which productivity may not be improved but at the expense of worker wages.


The final goal of the CARLoS project is to get a prototype of a robot co-worker for fit-out operations inside blocks of ship superstructures. The specific operations targeted by CARLoS are stud welding and marking based on information from a CAD model that are necessary for posterior fit-out operations.


• Semiautonomous navigation inside ship blocks.
• Performing the necessary stud welding process completely automatic based on CAD descriptions.
• Marking pre-outfitting information from the CAD model onto bulkheads to aid fit-out operations by the human worker.
• Skills-based robot programming in order to be easily controlled by an ordinary shipyard worker.

Work performed

Mobile platform in validation testing.

Results obtained

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 606363.