The objective of this project is to develop a set of modular building blocks, combining new and already available technologies, which can be tailored and assembled to perform a range of control system functions in small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). Typical application areas will be process control and online automatic vision systems for quality control in the textile, electronic, food, metal and automotive industries.
The first phase of IPCES is covered by ESPRIT I project 1653. This project covers its continuation and completion. The text relates to the whole project.
The principal tasks are to:
- develop a fully automatic vision system for online product inspection, capable of performing ultra-high-speed hardware-based feature identification and contact-free measurement
- develop a process information system with feedback and visualisation capabilities, using colour graphics, process diagrams, product feature graphic enhancement and an information hierarchy ranked by urgency and importance
-develop self-learning, self-initiating expert systems working with real-time process and product data and with statistically derived conclusions to provide suggestions for improved control, diagnoses of product defects and prognoses of future system behaviour, either on request or on the system's own initiative
- integration and validation of the prototype system in a real manufacturing industry environment.