The majority of companies in more advanced industrial sectors suffer limitations in their attempts to improve productivity as a consequence of the low operative availability which they are capable of obtaining from their production machines. The machines, many of which have a high level of automation and produce high added value and high responsibility parts, are rarely capable of attaining effective occupation ratios of more than 60%, especially in the production of single parts.
The problem is particularly acute in strategic sectors such as the automotive, aeronautic and machine tools industries. The causes are diverse and well-known and include tool breakage, machine malfunctions, incorrect information, operator absence, maintenance work etc.
In order to mitigate these problems, many commercial products are available. However, each of these only provides specific solutions to partial problems without resolving the overall problem. Based on this observation, SISOM aims at specifying, defining and implementing, the set of services necessary to a typical manufacturing environment in the aforementioned sectors in order to drastically reduce the causes of the non-availability of machines.
All these services will be backed up with specific software to be developed over the project, capable of being run on low-cost computer platforms, with the final objective of ensuring the implementation and generalised use of these services in industrial plants cross sector.
The implementation of these services will be structured around the figure of the operator as the element which brings together the aspects involved in the management of manufacturing means. Modern techniques of man-made interfaces based on the use of multimedia technology will be incorporated in its design.
The product which will emerge as a result of SISOM will be a software environment which responds to the industrial requirements of end-users. Moreover, it must be economically affordable for users, have an open structure and be applicable to different platforms.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts