Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-5 | Award Amount: 6.47M | Year: 2013
17 partners from11 countries covering all building life cycle will develop an innovative Integrated Evolutionary Design Methodology that can allow the stakeholders to predict the current and future energy efficiency of buildings (both at individual level and neighbourhood level) and make better informed decision in optimising the energy performance at building life cycle level, including operation and maintenance. If we want to create long term energy efficient building we must not only consider the present building life cycle scenario but also VISUALIZE THE FUTURE. Visualizing the future will help us to design energy efficient building not only for the present but also for the future, ensuring an Energy Efficient Life Cycle of the building. Design4energy project will take this into consideration and will develop tools and methodologies that can help designing energy efficient buildings that can consider both short term performance as well as future scenarios, considering important factors such as deterioration curves, technology evolution, climate change effect, users, energy neighbourhood configuration, continuous commissioning alternatives while evaluating their impact in the Building Life Energy Performance. The continuous commissioning will include strategies as preventive maintenance,renovation of energy systems technologies (HVAC, RES, .) etc, including deep retrofitting strategies. The proposed methodology will be based on a sophisticated technology platform that will make use of energy attributes of building components, deterioration of building components and systems, neighborhood energy systems, energy related parameters, energy simulation tools and current usage parameters of the tenants , derived from maintenance and operation data. The technology platform developed within the Design4energy project will allow the stakeholders to explore various design options and make validated and qualified choices as early as possible, giving due consideratio
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.21M | Year: 2013
A new class of enterprise systems, proactive enterprises, that will be continuously aware of that what might happen in the relevant business context and optimize their behavior to achieve that what should be the best action, are emerging nowadays. ProaSenses core goal in this context is to pave the way for an efficient transmission from Sensing into Proactive enterprises. By being one of early adopters in this shift from a reactive to the proactive computing, we expect that the results from this project will have a considerable impact on developing new class of systems that will be in essence of a world where it is possible to prevent problems or capitalize on opportunities before they even occur. Beside scientific and technical excellence, several other mechanisms will be applied for ensuring such an impact.\n\nThis will be achieved through the adoption of the Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) loop of situational awareness and development of corresponding technologies supporting a scalable, distributed architecture for the management and processing of big-data that will eventually enable continuous monitoring and the need for service adaptation and propose corresponding changes in an (semi-) automatic way. Key innovations include novel approaches for scalable storage and access to sensed data; development of smart sensing services, services for anticipation management, approaches for probabilistic stream processing and goal-driven Complex Event Processing. The project will validate the ProaSense approach in two key areas: proactive manufacturing in the area of production of lighting equipment, and proactive monitoring services within the oil and gas sector.\n\nA consortium of 2 large industry partners, 1 SME and 5 research organizations from 6 European countries provides the necessary technological and scientific competencies and assures the exploitation of the developed technology.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-7 | Award Amount: 8.63M | Year: 2013
Human skills are the main driver that enables producing high added value products in Europe. Thus the manufacturing processes are based on utilizing these skills. ROBO-PARTNER aspires the integration of the latest industrial automation systems for assembly operations in combination with human capabilities, combining robot strength, velocity, predictability, repeatability and precision with human intelligence and skills. Thus, a hybrid solution involving the safe cooperation of operators with autonomous and adapting robotic systems through a user-friendly interaction is proposed. The focus will be given in the following directions: - Development of highly intuitive interfaces for safe human-robot cooperation during assembly by using sensors, visual servoing, speech recognition, advanced control algorithms - Development of advanced safety strategies and equipment allowing fenceless human robot assembly cells - Introduction of robust methods and software tools for determining the optimal planning of assembly/disassembly operations using a multi-criteria, simulation enabled approach - Adaption of simplified robot programming by means of: a) Programming by demonstration & b) Robot instructions libraries - Introduction of mobile robots acting as assistants to the human operators (e.g. for supplying parts to the assembly line) - Development of more flexible integration and communication architecture by utilizing a distributed computing model and ontology services. The project will be based on industrial applications, bringing its development to a maturity level that allows the introduction in industry, as well proven production technologies. Two demonstrations in automotive will involve the assembly of seat and suspension by robots in cooperation and workspace sharing with humans. A second demonstration will focus on capital goods assembly and the last one on the white goods industry for sealers assembly.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FI.ICT-2011.1.8 | Award Amount: 17.96M | Year: 2013
According to the 2010 EC Competitiveness Report, Manufacturing is still the driving force of Europes economy, contributing over 6553 billion in GDP and providing more than 30 million jobs. It covers more than 25 different industrial sectors, largely dominated by SMEs, and generates annually over 1535 billion (42%) worth of value added services.\nThe mission of the FITMAN (Future Internet Technologies for MANufacturing industries) project is to provide the FI PPP with a set of industry-led use case trials in the Smart, Digital and Virtual Factories of the Future domains, in order to test and assess the suitability, openness and flexibility of FI-WARE Generic Enablers, this way contributing to the social-technological-economical-environmental-political sustainability of EU Manufacturing Industries.\nIn order to accomplish the mission statement, the FITMAN project will deliver:\n One FITMAN Generic Platform for Manufacturing Industries, as a collection of several Generic Enablers Implementations belonging to most of the identified technological Chapters of FI-WARE project;\n One generic and flexible Trials Verification and Validation Framework, encompassing concepts, methods and tools for a technical and business assessment of the eleven Trials\n One open-to-all FITMAN Phase III Package, to support FI-WARE PPP Phase III objective 1.8, Expansion of Use Cases, by providing access to FITMAN Reports and Prototypes for Phase III preparation and implementation\n Three FITMAN Specific Platforms for Smart, Digital and Virtual Factories, as a collection of several Specific Enablers Implementations belonging to the background of FITMAN beneficiaries and specifically derived from previous RTD projects in the Factories of the Future and Future Internet Enterprise Systems research\n Eleven FITMAN Trials Platforms as instantiation of the selected Generic and Specific Enablers for 11 industry-driven multi-sectorial Trials\n Eleven FITMAN Trial Experimentations by deploying the FITMAN Trials Platforms in realistic Smart-Digital-Virtual Factories IT and business cases, as well as assess and evaluate the achieved results:\ni. Smart Factories Trials: TRW (LE) automotive supplier Safe & Healthy Workplace, PIACENZA (SME) textile/clothing Cloud Manufacturing, COMPLUS (SME) LED smart lighting Collaborative Production, WHIRLPOOL (LE) white goods manufacturer Mobile workforce.\nii. Digital Factories Trials: VOLKSWAGEN (LE) automotive manufacturer PLM ramp-up for reduced Time to Market , AGUSTAWESTLAND (LE) aeronautics manufacturer Training services for blue collar workers, CONSULGAL (SME) construction As-designed vs. As-built Interoperability, AIDIMA (SME) furniture Mass Customised Production.\niii. Virtual Factories Trials: APR (SME) plastic industry Collaboration valorisation, TANet (SME) manufacturing resource management Networked Business Innovation, GEOLOC (SME) Machinery for wood industry Project-based Collaboration.
PROSECO - Collaborative Environment for Design of AmI enhanced Product-Services Integrating Highly Personalised Innovative Functions with Minimal Ecological Footprint along Life Cycle and of Their Production P
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-5 | Award Amount: 7.18M | Year: 2013
The objective is to provide a novel methodology and a comprehensive ICT solution for collaborative design of product-services (Meta Products) and their production processes. The effective extension of products with new services in different sectors (automotive, home appliances, automation equipment etc.) will be achieved by means of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technology, Lean and Eco-design principles and applying Life Cycle Assessment techniques. New Meta Products, using AmI, will be capable of acquiring knowledge in order to add highly personalized innovative functions, and thus enabling new business models. A Cloud Manufacturing approach will be applied for effective collaborative design of product-services and their production processes, and the effective implementation of innovative services. It will involve all the actors of a value chain, within a product ecosystem, allowing manufacturers to strengthen their competitiveness at the global market. As a result new eco-innovative Meta Products will be offered, which integrate highly personalised innovative functions with minimal environmental footprint along the overall Life Cycle. The Meta Product/process development platform will be provided, including a set of new engineering tools to support collaborative work (simulation, configuration etc.) on new product-services, enhancing existing tools for product/process design. The project will be driven by 4 industrial application scenarios addressing different aspects of service and business building as well as product/process development (complex internal and external supply chains), in order to assure that the means for collaborative service generation and product-service and production process design to be developed in the project will be relevant for industry. The solution will be first applied at 5 manufacturers in the consortium, serving as demonstrators of the project results.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2012-AIPP6;SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2012-AIPP4 | Award Amount: 67.54M | Year: 2013
Our society is facing both energy and competitiveness challenges. These challenges are tightly linked and require new dynamic interactions between energy producers and energy consumers, between machines, between systems, between people and systems, etc. Cooperative automation is the key for these dynamic interactions and is enabled by the technology developed around the Internet of Things and Service Oriented Architectures. The objective of the Arrowhead project is to address the technical and applicative challenges associated to cooperative automation: -Provide a technical framework adapted in terms of functions and performances, -Propose solutions for integration with legacy systems, -Implement and evaluate the cooperative automation through real experimentations in applicative domains: electro-mobility, smart buildings, infrastructures and smart cities, industrial production, energy production and energy virtual market, -Point out the accessible innovations thanks to new services, -Lead the way to further standardization work. The strategy adopted in the project has four major dimensions: -An innovation strategy based on business and technology gap analysis paired with a market implementation strategy based on end users priorities and long term technology strategies -Application pilots where technology demonstrations in real working environments will be made -A technology framework enabling collaborative automation and closing innovation critical technology gaps -An innovation coordination methodology for complex innovation orchestration Date of approval by the ECSEL JU: 23/07/2015
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2012-3 | Award Amount: 5.42M | Year: 2012
There is an increasing pressure on European SMEs to deliver high quality, often customised products using cost effective manufacturing processes and systems while competing in the global market. One of the key production processes in high labour cost areas such as Europe is assembly of final products in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and medical industries. They all require systems that can: be installed quickly, achieve high volumes at shorter time intervals, perform with minimum interruptions and be reconfigured for new products with minimum cost. PRIME aims to create new solutions for deployment by SMEs of highly adaptive, reconfigurable self-aware plug and produce assembly systems, which will use multi-agent control, dynamic knowledge sharing, integrated monitoring, and innovative human-machine interaction mechanisms. These next generation assembly systems equipped with PRIME technology will be able to proactively support rapid reconfiguration, adaptation, error-recovery, and operational performance improvement. This will lead to a dramatic cost and time reduction of deploying and maintaining complex assembly systems on demand and improve their effectiveness. The PRIME vision will be achieved by enhancing todays assembly systems with standardised plug and produce process and control solutions and interfaces to allow rapid reconfiguration and deployment, performance monitoring, self-awareness and evolutionary system adaptation. Based on this, the overall system performance will be monitored against production objectives and bottlenecks, thus errors and sub-optimal behaviour can be identified and assigned to the responsible stations. This will enable optimisation and adaptation of the assembly processes and associated system behaviour within a human centred environment. Furthermore, methods will be developed to integrate existing legacy system modules within the plug-and-produce environment using standardised interfacing.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.2 | Award Amount: 3.73M | Year: 2013
As Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is increasingly applied to larger and more complex systems, the current generation of modelling and model management technologies are being pushed to their limits in terms of capacity and efficiency, and as such, additional research is imperative in order to enable MDE to remain relevant with industrial practice and continue delivering its widely recognised productivity, quality, and maintainability benefits. The aim of MONDO is to tackle the increasingly important challenge of scalability in MDE in a comprehensive manner.\n\nAchieving scalability in modelling and MDE involves being able to construct large models and domain specific languages in a systematic manner, enabling teams of modellers to construct and refine large models in a collaborative manner, advancing the state-of-the-art in model querying and transformations tools so that they can cope with large models (of the scale of millions of model elements), and providing an infrastructure for efficient storage, indexing and retrieval of large models. To address these challenges, MONDO brings together partners with a long track record in performing internationally-leading research on software modelling and MDE, and delivering research results in the form of robust, widely-used and sustainable open-source software, with industrial partners active in the fields of reverse engineering and systems integration, and a global consortium including more than 400 organisations from all sectors of IT.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.57M | Year: 2013
The main objective of the OSMOSE project is to develop a reference architecture, a middleware and some prototypal applications for the Sensing-Liquid Enterprise, by interconnecting Real, Digital and Virtual Worlds in the same way a semi-permeable membrane permits the flow of liquid particles through itself.\nIn concrete terms, the OSMOSE project will design and develop:\ni.\ta Reference Architecture for modelling and managing shadow images of the same Sensing-Liquid Enterprise in the three interconnected worlds regarding both immaterial and material liquid flows under flexible security and privacy capability rules. A Triple A architecture is proposed where Actors (RW) Agents (DW) Avatars (VW), representing humans and smart objects, interact and negotiate;\nii.\tan Event-driven and Service-oriented Osmiotic Middleware (osmosis semi-permeable membranes) to constantly and automatically keep background consistency between the three worlds through the implementation of three pairs of basic processes: i) Virtualization RW-VW; ii) Augmentation VW-RW; iii) Digitalization RW-DW; iv) Actuation DW-RW; v) Simulation DW-VW; vi) Enrichment VW-DW;\niii.\ta Liquid Stargate which allows human users to browse the relevant real-digital-virtual assets in an integrated multi world representation view, to configure the behaviour of their human RW Actors- DW Agents- VW Avatars and to support knowledge sharing and experiences / emotions exchange, by crossing seamlessly the three worlds gates;\niv.\tan innovative Sensing-Liquid Maintenance & Support application in the Aerospace Domain concerned with helicopters flight simulators operation (Agusta Westland pilot);\nv.\tan innovative Sensing-Liquid Quality Inspection & Control application in the Automotive Domain concerned with camshafts supply and production traceability (EPC pilot).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.3.3 | Award Amount: 5.24M | Year: 2013
The target of i-FLEXIS is the development of an innovative, reliable and low-cost integrated X-ray sensor system based on heterogeneous inorganic, organic and hybrid components. It offers real time, direct X-ray detection, room temperature operation and a designed for industrial production approach, delivering operationally robust and environmentally friendly devices surpassing current state-of-the-art sensors thanks to brand new and highly needed new functionalities like conformability, flexibility, large active area coupled to low weight, low power consumption, portability, optical transparency, recyclability and/or sustainable disposability (zero waste, according to REACH directives). i-FLEXIS integrates three major novel concepts, recently demonstrated as a proof-of-principle operation at laboratory scale, allowing for totally new sensing systems: organic single crystals as the active, X-ray direct sensing material, high mobility thin film transistors based on nm-thin films of novel high mobility oxide materials operating at ultra-low voltages and flexible transparent electronics, all integrated onto low cost plastic substrates. These new concepts, will be developed and implemented using micro/nanotechnology and will be integrated into the final well beyond-the-state-of-the-art sensor system that will consist of multiple sensing units integrated as a 2D matrix and will be scaled up to 10cm x10cm with printing techniques compatible with industrial production. The readout electronics for the whole system will be implemented by a CMOS platform based on printed organic and oxide TFTs. To validate the project outcome, the key-enabling technology of the i-FLEXIS system will be applied to two demonstrative contexts (test vehicles), to highlight its wide application potential:1) health diagnostic radiation sensor for bone density analyses and to determine the dose on the exposed area; 2) Identification tags to monitor the airport X-ray screening history of luggage