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
The workcells employing the ROSSINI human-robot mutual understanding framework will increase production flexibility by 5%.
The joint action of the dynamic scheduler and of the dynamic planner can lead to a reduction of up to 45% of the overall task execution time
ROSSINI will develop a Design Level that will allow users to follow and evaluate process designs on multiple dimensions, where job quality and related metrics will be the primary outcomes together with productivity, product quality and cost
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 will lead 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.
ROSSINI will deliver high performance HRC workcells, combining the safety of traditional cobots with the working speed and payloads of industrial robots, capable of optimising task execution. This will trigger manufacturers’ investment in HRC technology, increasing European factories productivity and thus competitiveness versus low-cost manufacturers.
ROSSINI is expected to unleash new market opportunities for the consortium industrial partners, resulting in a total yearly turnover of worth 125M€ by 2027
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.
Once the Z-BRE4K system has evaluated an anomaly or a deterioration trend, the maintenance scheduling is optimized. Moreover, manufacturing machinery execution parameters can be adapted so that the remaining useful life of the incumbent system can be improved, providing Operations Managers with a flexible shopfloor.
By reducing failures, downtimes, unplanned outages the manufacturing will minimize the lead time and maximise the response time: stock-outs, lot processing delays, capacity bottlenecks will be avoided.
Z-BRE4K solution will guarantee the improved product quality since the machines will be stopped and the maintenance will be carried out before any failure occurs and defective products are manufactured.
One of the main advantages of Z-BRE4K is the Z-SYNCHRONIZE strategy that enhances the coordination of production planning, logistics and maintenance operations.
The minimization of downtimes and failures, the optimization of maintenance operations and the reduction of row material waste will lead to an increase the in-service efficiency by 26% and increased productivity.
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.
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