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Advances in FOrestry Control and aUtomation Systems in Europe

Objective

The forest-based value chains are one of the dominant contributors to the GDP in the rural regions of Europe. Besides the traditional value chains, novel ones are in the horizon, with significant impacts on the requirements for the raw material supply chains. A major roadblock for improving forest-based value chains is the lack of integrated control and planning mechanism. FOCUS will demonstrate how innovative sensor technologies and control methods can solve this problem, with case studies in Finland, Belgium, Switzerland,Germany,Austria, Portugal covering the main forest-based production processes in Europe – biomass for bioenergy, timber and pulp wood, and cork transformation.
The goal of FOCUS is to improve the individual value chain processes, and to remove the barriers for integrated planning and control for the whole value chain. The project brings together leading SMEs and organisations in the fields of environment and machine sensors, production machinery and control automation software development. The expertise is needed to address the key challenges: novel sensor development for environment, raw material and production machinery monitoring; new process specific control processes; plug-and-play composition of value chain wide control processes.
The productivity and sustainability of the value chains will be enhanced by enabling the best use of the production resources, and by reducing harmful impacts like soil compaction by forest machines, and carbon footprint of the operations. Product marketability will be increased by traceability of raw material origin, and by controlling the quality of the raw material during the production process. The open source FOCUS platform will foster new business models by enabling several SMEs to jointly offer solutions. The project will be a paradigm for support of efficient and sustainable exploitation of existing and new forest-based value chains alike, and will enhance the economic development of European rural areas.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/automation and control systems
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/forestry

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SME-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 480 076,40
Administrative Contact
Marta Barbas (Mrs.)

Participants (12)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tarja Tuominen (Ms.)
SIMOSOL OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 449 320,20
Address
Hameenkatu 10
11100 Riihimaki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jussi Rasinmäki (Dr.)
BERNER FACHHOCHSCHULE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 442 307,60
Address
Falkenplatz 24
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monika Egli (Mrs.)
RESEARCH STUDIOS AUSTRIA FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 940,25
Address
Leopoldskronstrasse 30
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Blaschke (Prof.)
HOLZCLUSTER STEIERMARK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 112 635
Address
Reininghausstrasse 13A
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Oberwimmer (Mr.)
AZEVEDOS INDUSTRIA MAQUINAS E EQUIPAMENTOS INDUSTRIAIS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 247 807,60
Address
Rua De Santo Antonio
4536-909 Lourosa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tiago Gomes (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 163 084
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Vanhaeren (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 351 916,75
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tarja Tuominen (Ms.)
HOHENLOHER SPEZIAL-MASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 97 990,60
Address
Im Greut 10
74635 Kupferzell Neu Kupfer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Wehner (Mr.)
Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Germany
EU contribution
€ 206 223,60
Address
Schwannstr. 3
40476 Düsseldorf
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thilo Wagner (Mr.)
WAHLERS FORSTTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 018
Address
Max Schmeling Strasse 6
27389 Stemmen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Preusch (Mr.)
VALDEMAR FERNANDES DA SILVA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 112 868
Address
Rua Do Parque Industrial 346 Ramil
4505 264 Santa Maria De Feira Argoncilhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Besteiro (Mr.)