Scalable automation for flexible production systems

Most manufacturing lines are still under-optimized. Decisions made 'on the moment' are usually based on common sense rather than the overall picture of the factory floor, leading to sub-optimal decisions. The main objective of the ScalABLE 4.0 project is the development and demonstration of an open scalable production system framework (OSPS) that enables optimization and maintainance of production lines 'on the fly', trough visualization and virtualization of the line itself. The project outcomes focus not only on line monitorization, but also on its control and construction in real time. This is possible by integrating enterprise information systems, automation equipment and open APIs for system optimization. ScalABLE aims to have effects on an European level, cooperating with other projects, influencers and initiatives, like Industry 4.0 or European Robotics. Besides the advances on technology, ScalABLE will also contribute with new standards for the production lines of the future.
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Duration: 42 months
Start date: 01-01-2017
End date: 30-06-2020
Number of participants: 7
Total budget - EC contribution: 4005550 Euro - 3999050 Euro
Call topic: Digital Automation - Novel architectures for factory automation based on CPS and IoT (FoF.2016.11-ii)
Instrument: Collaborative project (generic)

Challenges - (11)  

  1. Manufacturing the products of the future

    1. Resource efficient, sustainable products

  2. Economic sustainability

    1. Addressing economic performance across the supply chain

    2. Realising reconfigurable, adaptive and evolving factories capable of small scale production

    3. High performance production, combining flexibility, productivity, precision and zero-defect while remaining energy-efficient

    4. Resource efficiency in manufacturing, including addressing the end-of-life of products.

      1. Innovative re-use of equipment

  3. Social sustainability

    1. Increasing human achievements in manufacturing systems

    2. Safe and attractive workplaces

Technologies and enablers - (4)  

  1. Mechatronics for advanced manufacturing systems

    1. Cognition-based intelligent features within machinery and robots

    2. Advanced machine interaction with humans

  2. Modelling, simulation and forecasting

Applications - (No information available)  

Research priorities - (7)  

  1. Domain 2: Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems

    1. Sub-Domain 2.1 Adaptive and smart manufacturing devices, components and machines

      1. RP 2.1 Flexible and reconfigurable Machinery and Robots

      2. RP 2.2 Embedded cognitive functions for supporting the use of machinery and robot systems in changing shop floor environments

    2. Sub-Domain 2.2 Dynamic Production systems and Factories

      1. RP 2.12 Monitoring, Perception & Awareness on Manufacturing

  2. Domain 5: Human-centric manufacturing

Diverse - (No information available)