The long term vision of the HEPHESTOS project is to enable the application of advanced machining robots for small-batch production in a wide range of small scale and craft manufacturing industries. The HEPHESTOS modules (planning and programming, user-interfaces, control and sensory systems) and its open interface approach will provide an enabling technology for the implementation of flexible robotic machining cells for hard materials. Moreover, the capability of reconfiguring and reusing available equipment in the case of product changes, and thus saving investments, is widely recognized as the best practice strategy to improve manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness, especially in the SME sector.
In utilizing the new technology equipment, end-users will have a substantial commercial advantage to cut and control production costs, while improving competitiveness. From this point of view, the HEPHESTOS project is in the line with the European policy to improve the competitiveness of SMEs so that they may be more effective in the market, creating both jobs and wealth.