Pilot development project for the manufacturing of terrestrial BTS antennas for mobile telephony using collaborative and robust robotization technologies.

General project data

  • Docket number: RTC-2014-2132-7.
  • Date of award: 09/12/2014.
  • Dates of execution: 07/01/2014 – 12/31/2016.

Presentation and objectives

ROBOTIA is a pilot development project for the manufacture of BTS antennas. mobile telephony terrestrials applying robotization technologies collaborative and robust.

The main objective of the project is the development of a prototype of a robotized system of assembly of parts, considering robotic handling criteria collaborative, robust and flexible.

This project addresses the problems related to the automation of assembly processes complexity and variability in terms of the type and quality of the manuals. geometry of the parts to be assembled. This is the case of the so-called terrestrial BTS antenna phase shifters manufactured by Telnet at its facilities in Zaragoza. These assemblies are composed of a number of parts of various sizes and materials to be processed, which must be precisely assembled to ensure the functionality of the phase shifter in the antenna. In addition, there is a relevant set of variants of the for the different types of terrestrial BTS antennas that can be used for manufactures the company.

To address this problem, the following is proposed development of collaborative assembly systems in which robots and robots are people can work in the same cell, sharing the same space for and assemblies in a robust, reliable, repeatable and reliable manner. flexible.

The main technological challenges of this project focus on the following points:

Selection and integration in the assembly cell of collaborative robots capable of accurately handling parts of different geometries and materials, as well as various assembly tools.

Selection and integration in the assembly cell of sensing systems and other safety systems oriented to ensure the safe and efficient interaction of the individual and the robots in the assembly of terrestrial BTS antenna phase shifters.

Development of advanced, robust, and collaborative handling solutions. based on the use of ROS-I (ROS-Industrial) as a system of programming of both robotic arms and manipulation systems, as security and perception systems and control systems of the quality of the assembly.

Assembly cell development prototype for experimentation of different assembly solutions and for the pilot cell for the assembly of terrestrial BTS antenna phase shifters.

Like The main results of the project are intended for the project partners to project have a deep knowledge in the development of collaborative industrial assembly systems, as well as increase the production capacity of BTS antenna phase shifters Telnet company has at the beginning of the project in its Zaragoza’s production facilities, thanks to the integration of this knowledge in a collaborative and robust assembly pilot cell.

Participating entities

  • TELNET Redes Inteligentes (TELNET, r.i.) (as project leader).
  • Aragon Institute of Technology (ITAINNOVA).

Call for applications

Challenges-Collaboration 2014, of the State Program for Research, Development and Innovation of the Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society, within the framework of the Plan State Program for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016.

Main objective: To promote technological development, innovation and quality research.


  • Total bankable budget of the project: 464,992.00 .
  • ITAINNOVA’s bankable budget: 201,173.00 .


  • Total project grant: 201,173.00 .
  • Total project loan: 250,624.00 .
  • Grant to ITAINNOVA: 201,173.00 .

This The project has been co-financed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade. Competitiveness, within the State Research Program, Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society, in the of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Technological Development. Innovation 2013-2016 .

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