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Innovative proactive Quality Control system for in-process multi-stage defect reduction

Objective

This project aims at developing an innovative Quality Control System that will drastically change the current concept of End Of Line quality control, going beyond currently established methodologies such as Six-sigma and SPC. It will prevent the generation of defects within the process at single stage and the propagation of defects between processes at multi-stage system level. This Quality Control System will be proactive, offering three different solution strategies to avoid End of Line defects: (i) elimination of the predicted defect through adjustment of process characteristics by proactively intervening on the inputs to the process (process parameters, etc.), (ii) on-line reworking of the product in order to eliminate the defect, (iii) on-line workpiece repair through defect elimination at consecutive process stages.
Technological developments will be based on the design and development of new hardware technologies, techniques and software solutions that in turn are based on real-time multi-data gathering by the integration of new sensor and inspection equipment, development of intelligent actuators and the of new monitoring and prognosis knowledge-based models. To develop a universal system able to be integrated into different production processes, its feasibility will be demonstrated in machining and assembly processes at both macro and micro product scales.
The integration of the in-process Quality Control system into the production chain will minimize the amount of defective part production, reaching process capability values of more than 2.0 in mass production, and equivalent reduction of defect amount in small-lots and customized product manufacturing.
Application domains will include emerging strategic European sectors such as the production of electrical engines for sustainable mobility, large-part manufacturing for the wind power sector and the production of customized micro-intravascular catheters as high value medical products for the aging society.

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)
Spain

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ainhoa Gorrotxategi (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 845 818,49

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 423 905
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexander Huf (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 642 675,89
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simonetta Danesi (Ms.)
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 548 016,57
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margit Runde (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 265 531
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charo Sanchez (Ms.)
MACH4 LAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 289 274,40
Address
Corso Roma 4
20093 Cologno Monzese

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angelo Merlo (Mr.)
ENKI S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 576 851,60
Address
Via Bachelet 65
25062 Concesio Brescia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rebecca Sciara (Dr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 227 420
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Xirouchakis (Prof.)
TRIMEK SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 476 431,13
Address
Camino De La Yesera 2
01139 Zuya Alava

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia De La Maza (Mrs.)
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 290 116,17
Address
94 Derech Em-hamoshavot
49527 Petach Tikva

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Efrat Shalom-Hillman (Ms.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 150 428,75
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
Marposs SpA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 272 700
Address
Via Saliceto 13
40010 Bentivoglio

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Minguzzi (Mr.)
GAMESA ENERGY TRANSMISSION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 289 810
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Vizcaya Edificio 100
48170 Zamudio Vizcaya

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xabier Bernarte