Despite the proclaimed benefits (i.e. scalability, reliability, cost-effectiveness) of Future Internet (FI) technologies (i.e. edge & cloud computing, IoT/CPS) for factory automation, their adoption from manufacturers remains low for various reasons, including technology issues (e.g., poor situation awareness, limited deployments, no standards-based reference implementations) and the lack of a smooth migration path from legacy systems.
FAR-EDGE is a joint effort of leading experts in manufacturing, industrial automation and FI technologies towards the smooth and wider adoption of virtualized factory automation solutions based on FI technologies. It will research a novel factory automation platform based on edge computing architectures and IoT/CPS technologies. FAR-EDGE will provide a reference implementation of emerging standards-based solutions for industrial automation, along with simulation services for validating automation architectures and production scheduling scenarios.
FAR-EDGE will lower the barriers for manufacturers to move towards Industrie 4.0, as a means of facilitating mass-customization and reshoring. Emphasis will be paid in the study of migration options from legacy centralized architectures, to emerging FAR-EDGE based ones.
FAR-EDGE will be validated in real-life plants (VOLVO, WHIRLPOOL) in the scope of user-driven scenarios (business-cases) for mass-customization and reshoring, where tangible improvements relating to reliability, productivity increase, quality cost, reduction in adaptation effort/costs will be measured and evaluated. Also, a wide range of migration scenarios will be evaluated in the scope of a CPS manufacturing testbed. FAR-EDGE will also establish a unique ecosystem for FI factory automation solutions, which will bring together the FoF and FI communities and will ensure sustainability of FAR-EDGE results.
|Number of participants:||12|
|Total budget - EC contribution:||4490194 Euro - 3992631 Euro|
|Call topic:||Digital Automation - Novel architectures for factory automation based on CPS and IoT (FoF.2016.11-ii)|
|Instrument:||Collaborative project (generic)|
Manufacturing the products of the future
Realising reconfigurable, adaptive and evolving factories capable of small scale production
High performance production, combining flexibility, productivity, precision and zero-defect while remaining energy-efficient
Information and communication technologies
IoT - ICT solutions for factory floor and physical world inclusion
ICT solutions for next generation data storage and information mining
ICT solutions for modelling and simulation tools
Collaborative and decentralized application architectures and development tools
Domain 2: Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems
Sub-Domain 2.2 Dynamic Production systems and Factories
RP 2.11 Dynamic Manufacturing Execution Environments for their Smarter Integration into dynamic and agile factories
RP 2.13 M2M cloud connectivity for future manufacturing enterprises
RP 2.15 Mass customisation and integration of real-world resources
Domain 3: Digital, virtual and resource-efficient factories
RP 3.1 Integrated factory models for evolvable manufacturing systems
RP 3.5 Multi-level simulation and analytics for improving production quality and throughput