The TNO Competence Centre will be located in Delft. It can be easily accessed from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and from Rotterdam/The Hague Airport. The layout of the Competence Centre will be developed in the HORSE project in close collaboration with the Smart Industry network.

TNO is initiator of the Competence Centre. Relevant stakeholders of TNO CC will be:

  • OEM and suppliers (manufacturers) of parts
  • End-users in manufacturing, and the agro food industry,
  • System integrators
  • Suppliers of robots (systems)
  • Universities (Technical and Social Scientists)

List of equipment


  • HORSE framework
  • Collaborative robot/robotic arm (e.g. UR 5 / UR 10)
  • LRMate200iB
  • Industrial (3D) cameras and Kinect camera’s
  • computers for supervision and control
  • Operator Support Systems(i.e. a digital instruction platform (e.g. Visual Factory); video projection, projection glasses
  • Augmented Reality applications (see Figure 7‑2)
  • Physical work stations (see Figure 7‑2)

Other Robots focused on cobotics and collaborative robotics could be added in the future


Human Measurement systems

  • Human movement registration systems: XSENS and KINECT (see Figure 7‑2 and Figure 7‑3)
  • Muscle activity measurement system: EMG
  • Eye tracking & emotional face reader
  • Cognitive load registration system (e.g. VIG track)
  • Force plate or alternatives to record forces for biomechanical analysis
  • Heart rate registration devices


List of services

  • Evaluation of new technologies: Experimenting, proof of concept  and testing
  • Demonstration and experience
  • Business cases : ‘pre scan’ (tbd WP 7.2)
  • Support in pre-design: technical, human factors, (physical & mental load), task allocation, safety issues (tbd in WP 7.2)
  • Assistance to technology transfer
  • Knowledge exchange in workshops

Investments foreseen

  • Cobot: UR 5 or Sawyer
  • Digital Work Instruction Platform: Visual Factory or similar
  • Video projection system: OPS Light Guide system or similar
  • Vision sensors

Indicative use cases

The TNO Competence Centre focuses on human robot cooperation with no fences. Underlying functionalities and expertise covers human robot interaction and user safety in that type of applications at configuration or execution time.

Within Smart Industry there is a need for optimal human robot cooperation in a flexible manufacturing context. Characteristics of flexible manufacturing are:

  • Low volume (small series) and a high mix of products (large variety)
  • Human robot collaboration: dynamic task allocation between robots and humans
  • Easy and quick (re)configuration, change over and programming of machines and robots
  • Operator support by workplace information systems supporting human tasks in complex and unpredictable settings.
  • Quality: first time right

These characteristics are in the Netherlands mainly related to the tasks of handling half-fabricates from one value adding machine to another and to assembly tasks. In this form they are related to the following generic use case described in HORSE D2.1

  • Use cases needing arm motion and involving contact with the environment and needing position and compliance: picking parts from bins, assembling/mounting/gluing parts, grasping, placing/hanging parts on racks etc.

Dissemination activities

Sustainability and continuous development of TNO Competence Centre will be assured through cooperation in national and local R&D and Innovation programs. The TNO Competence Centre will be located in Delft and will have connections to the Province South Western Holland, Innovation Quarters and The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH). The MRDH has an approved policy framework for European cooperation. Recently MRDH, Innovation Quarters and TNO set up a regional investment program. The goal of this program is to innovate and to strengthen the local economy in the most densely populated region of the Netherlands.