I wanted to ask if anyone of you knows of a similar project (I couldn't find any, which seems weird), or can evaluate the feasibility of the following idea. I formulated it in a very general way so that no perspective is lost:
In context of the introduction of IoT technologies companies often encounter limited computing resources, which are no longer sufficient for the intended applications. For this reason, I asked myself how existing robots and machines can form an edge computing network in order to avoid expensive new computer purchases. Thus, a brownfield approach might be feasible without big efforts (may sound to good to be truth).
For this idea I have 2 questions that came to my attention during my research and where I would be interested in your opinion:
- How do you estimate the technical feasibility to form existing robots etc (new Kuka or similar) to a network. This would not only require finding a solution for orchestration, but also meeting safety-critical requirements. As an example, no computation should run for another application, which leads to a malfunction because in the end not enough computing resources were available. How do you see these safety hurdles?
- Cost-benefit ratio: In my opinion, there is hardly any computing power in old robots, and the result would not justify the effort. With a modern system (e.g. KUKA KR C4) or a robot with a companion computer, however, I would see some potential, especially if the system is at a standstill. As a newbie in this area, I can't judge exactly to what extent this network is suitable for a real-time production optimization or similar. For this reason I am very interested in a first estimate from you.