Development of technological solutions for automation and subsequent wrapping process of bundles of cable.

Automated Taping of Wire Harnesses

The Project AutoTAP (Automated Taping of Wire Harnesses) addresses the ESMERA-M.1 Challenge (Manufacturing – Wire Harness Assembly Task).
It is a coordinated partnership of Spanish SME Rivas Robotics and the Research Centre CETEM. The challenge is focused on the automation of the taping process of wire harnesses that it is currently performed by hand. It is expected to use collaborative robotics to combine the speed of human workers and the precision of robotics to enhance the current process and reduce the time spent for the taping part of the process while improving ergonomics.
The robotic solution of this proposal will perform all the spot tapings of the wire harness assembly process which is being performed manually, while the worker performs only the positioning of the cable. It will reduce the processing time of the task and allow operators to work on two wire harnesses at the same time.
The solution will impact on the ergonomic conditions of workers through a work environment that will remove the most tedious and repetitive tasks of the process.


The results of this proposal will have a positive impact on companies dedicated to the production of wiring and the sectors to which they supply their products.

  • · Use a collaborative approach to improve the workplace without replacing human beings.

  • · Reduce the impact on the cost of the cable harness assembly process.

  • · Allow the operator to work on two harnesses at the same time.

  • · Improve the ergonomic characteristics of the process.

  • · Reduce the KPI cycle time of the actual curb process.


Multidisciplinary team of 2 entities with broad technological complementarity capable of addressing the different routes of action defined for achieve the objective of the project.

CETEM is a non-profit private technology centre funded in 1994 and located in Spain. CETEM's main goals are the support and promotion of local industries through the research and innovation in technologically advanced areas. Besides advanced technological consulting services for local companies, CETEM's strongest areas of expertise in R&D are materials, wood adhesives, coatings, nanotechnology, embedded system design, sensor networks, ambient intelligence, automation and robotics. CETEM's research efforts were originally focused on the promotion of the furniture industry, where the centre has accumulated a very valuable çexperience. Moreover, CETEM has the UNE 166002: 2006 certificate in RTD and innovation management. Furthermore, CETEM is recognized as Technological Innovation Centre and as Technology Transfer Office (TTO Nº 165).

Rivas Robotics is the commercial brand of the Robotics and Industrial Automation area of the company HURTADO RIVAS S.L. Rivas Robotics designs and manufactures turnkey solutions for the automation of industrial processes Turnkey projects focused on providing specific solutions to multiple industries and sectors. Rivas Robotics has its own engineering department divided into two main areas. Mechanical Engineering and Electric and Programming Engineering. Likewise, Rivas Robotics has its own factory where it builds and reproduces all the automation facilities for its correct validation before the installation on the client.

Currently, Rivas Robotics is present in more than 15 countries where it exports 85% of its projects, has a team of more than 50 people and a turnover for the year 2018 of 6 Million of euros.