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Radically Innovative Mechatronics and Advanced Control Systems

Final Report Summary - RI-MACS (Radically Innovative Mechatronics and Advanced Control Systems)

This research program has been set up to define, develop and introduce in the industrial field radically innovative manufacturing technologies. These technologies have been adopted to address a number of issues that are highly affecting the industrial automation field. All the technologies investigated conform to open architecture standards and feature state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially wireless technology, modular mechatronics and virtual engineering environments.

The global competitive environment poses formidable challenges to manufacturing infrastructure. Speed is viewed as the key to being able to respond to continuously changing market demands, time-to-market pressure, plant and equipment costs, and the need to amortise them over ever longer periods. The radical innovation at the heart of this research development program is the analysis and the implementation of emerging technologies such as: virtual environment, embedded systems, services oriented applications and industrial wireless applications to better manage the total cost of the plant.

The radical innovation at the heart of this research development program is the analysis and the implementation of emerging technologies such as: virtual environment, embedded systems, services oriented applications and industrial wireless applications to better manage the total cost of the plant.

The innovative RI-MACS approach extends the use of networked embedded intelligence toward the real-time production control and automation enabling a new range of products and services. The partners worked to promote, demonstrate, and exploit the project achievements within the relevant industrial sectors and academic domains developing: publications, trainings, promotions and demonstrations, standardisation, and industrial exploitations. Thanks to the work developed in the RI-MACS project, the partners are able to offer their customers the best ICT technology applied to the industrial automation field.

Work packages included:
WP1 - Scientific and industrial requirement analysis and specification assessment
WP2 - System control architecture
WP3 - Enabling radical innovation for open automation
WP4 - Methodologies and tools for agent based embedded control systems development
WP5 -Validation and test bed
WP6 - Dissemination and exploitation management
WP7 - Project Management.

Thanks to the positive results reached during the project, the industrial partners are able to promote the RI-MACS based solution to their customers and to continue the development of these innovative technologies, in order to have the state-of-the-art technology in the Industrial field.

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