Approved projects

Improving the Design of Flexible and Responsive Manufacturing Systems Involving Autonomous and Collaborative Robots

Acronym: CoRoT
Duration: 42 months
Total budget: € 3,902,329.81
ERDF: € 2,672,340.83


With the average productivity of SMEs falling in both the UK (12%) and France (2%), Project CoRot aims to develop new autonomous robot technology to help improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the Channel area.

CoRot will develop innovative and affordable robot software and hardware that is focused on the needs and budgets of smaller businesses. SMEs often face issues such as large variances in volume and short deadlines, and the automated robotic systems and software developed by the CoRot project will allow SMEs to become more flexible and responsive to this type of demand.

This is an important step in improving the competitiveness and productivity of SMEs, as existing industrial robots on the market are often seen as being too expensive and too complex for smaller businesses to implement into their production processes.

The new systems will be trialled in six industrial workshops (3 in France, 3 in the UK) where the project will aim to improve productivity in these trials by as much as 30%. After the project has ended a combination of software packages, a low cost robot arm and training guides will be made readily available to SMEs.


  • The design for an open and modular mobile robot platform
  • Three software libraries for different robotic functions (localisation and movement; picking; distributed communication and intelligence)
  • A software package for integrated manufacturing system control and simulation
  • 50 businesses cooperating with research institutions through industrial workshops and pilots.

Lead Partner:

Name of the organisation: CESI (Rouen Mont-Saint-Aignan)
Country: France
Location: Seine-Maritime

Project Partner 2:

Name of the organisation: University of Greenwich
Country: England
Location: Medway

Project Partner 3:

Name of the organisation: BA Systèmes
Country: France
Location: Ile et Villaine

Project Partner 4:

Name of the organisation: University of Exeter
Country: England
Location: Devon

Project Partner 5:

Name of the organisation: CERI
Country: France
Location: Seine-Maritime

Project Partner 6:

Name of the organisation: Autofina
Country: England
Location: Cambridgeshire

Project Partner 7:

Name of the organisation: Université Le Havre
Country: France
Location: Seine-Maritime

Project Partner 8:

Name of the organisation: ESIGELEC
Country: France
Location: Seine-Maritime