AI REGIO | Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs
Pilot - BatteriesComment:
The most relevant value-chain oriented services aim to:
Cobots and in general HRC solutions, which can be used for multiple functions due to their flexibility in deployment, offer higher returns on investment and faster payback, compared to legacy industrial robots. Moreover, cobots’ safety features and ease of use make integration and implementation less costly than the traditional industrial robots. In high-cost countries, having skilled human workers engaged in suitable configured manufacturing, assembly, finishing and inspection operations side by side with cobots is one of the most cost- effective ways to leverage the unique value-adding capabilities of a skilled human workforce
HRC solutions make it possible to integrate production machinery, warehousing systems and production facilities into single human-centred cyber-physical systems. As such, the traditional frontier between the production and logistical tasks of manufacturing can be expected to become increasingly interconnected. Lastly, an increased uptake of HRC leads to a change in the robotics value chain itself. Suppliers, integrators and users are bound to collaborate more intensively which is already leading to new business models such as rental/leasing agreements, pay-on-production, predictive maintenance, etc.
Z-BRE4K heavily contributes to the economic sustainability of the manufacturing sector by deploying an advanced maintenance solution aimed to attain zero unexpected breakdowns. In this regard, Z-BRE4K will avoid fatal failures, thus minimizing the breakdown times and need for spare parts and overhauls and will estimate the remaining useful life of critical subsystems of machinery, lines and shopfloor so that maintenance operations can be scheduled and optimized.
One of the main advantages of Z-BRE4K is the Z-SYNCHRONIZE strategy that enhances the coordination of production planning, logistics and maintenance operations.
Numerical modelling and simulation of heat treating processesComment:
It is expected that new nozzle design and thus new water quench will be available for the customers in 5 years time. It is expected that those new products will attract new clients: 5 new contracts in 1 year increasing to 10 new contracts in 5 years, which will increase the turnover of Ferram by 500k Euros in 1 year and 3,5 million Euros in 5 years after the experiment end.
IT4Innovations as DIH and resource provider is expecting the experiment to increase their innovation potential and improve their competitiveness. They are also expecting to increase the number of customers: It is expected that 2 new customers will be attracted due to new capabilities within 5 years after the experiment and will create new sources of revenue.
More efficient business processes
The economic impact of UPTIME is the most important one and can be seen at 2 levels :
SERENA aims towards the data-driven condition evaluation of machine and production equipment, which through machine learning techniques can provide insight in the remaining useful life of the equipment enabling the avoidance of production stops and thus reducing its overall costs. The combination of data-driven and physics based techniques is envisioned to increase the reliability of the prediction and contribute to a high perfromance production without undesired interruptions.
SERENA solutions on predictive maintenance and maintenance-aware scheduling are expected to reduce the overall ratio of cost to perfromance by the on-time scheduling of maintenance operations with the minimum intervention to the production schedule.
DIGICOR supports economic sustainability of small but innovative SMEs by enabling them to form agile supply networks that compete with large manufacturers or suppliers. The DIGICOR platform enable companies to identify suitable market opportunities (e.g. OEM tenders advertised on DIGICOR Marketplace) and address those opportunities by forming dynamic partnerships. The collaboration tools provided by the DIGICOR platform ensure complete visibility and governance of the collaborative activities being carried out across partner facilities in the network. By providing information about new business opportunities and allowing companies to participate in multiple supply networks, DIGICOR supports the economic sustainability of ambitious companies in the manufacturing domain.