The APRIL project

Prensilia is part of the APRIL project. The APRIL project (multipurpose robotics for mAniPulation of defoRmable materIaLs in manufacturing processes) is a research project funded under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and coordinated by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

APRIL will develop a new generation of robots to innovate the ways of handling flexible and deformable materials for manufacturing in European enterprises. It aims at prototyping low cost and agile market oriented multipurpose, and easy to repurpose, autonomous dexterous robots; which will manipulate, assemble or process different soft and flexible products/materials in a production line environment. This will enable new ways of automatization (semi- or fully-automatic tasks) in manufacturing lines that produce, assemble or handle different types of flexible or deformable materials (e.g., from pillows to delicate food products). Multi-sensor feedback will be used for robot interaction with their contextual environment, robot manipulation, motion planning, ergonomic enabled human work and safe performance. To underpin robots’ low set-up costs, reduced development effort and faster and scalable deployments, APRIL will transfer learning of many perceptive abilities and skills through easy robot training or repurposing in manufacturing processes at cross-domain level (e.g. food, appliances or passports manufacturing).

APRIL consortium
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Life Supporting Technologies (LST), Spain
The Shadow Robot Company Limited, United Kingdom
Prensilia SRL, Pontedera, Italy
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Tree Technology SA, Spain
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Przemysłowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarów, Poland
The BioRobotics Institute – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
INESCOP – Footwear Technology Center, Spain
Kontor 46, Italy
Silverline, Turkey
Asociacion de Investigation de Industrias Carnicas del Principado de Asturias (ASINCAR), Spain
PEMU Plastic Processing Company, Hungary
OSAI Automation System, Italy
Imprensa Nacional – Casa de Moeda, S. A., Portugal

APRIL in figures
Starting date: April 1st, 2020
Duration: 40 months
Financing: ~8 mln EUR
Call: DT-FOF-12-2019 – Handling systems for flexible materials
Grant Agreement no.: 870142