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An adaptive system for modular automotive production to boost efficiency and reduce manufacturing cost.


Internationalized markets are facing increasing individualization of customer needs. Handling product variety becomes more
difficult as products become more complex and integrated. Current manufacturing systems show structural rigidity that
makes terribly cumbersome to cope with product model changes, product mix variation, and lot size reduction. High
investments are usually required to streamline the assembly system. Production integrated software are often vague, don’t
offer complex scenarios occurrence and the result can drift immensely away from the real implementation.
Arculus offers an ICT integrated solution for an enhanced production system implementing a higher number of variants and,
at the same time, increasing productivity by 30%-60%. Its software provides a virtual real-time shadow of all the elements in
production getting a clear view on how Key Performance Indicators are affected. Smart Autonomous Guided Vehicles
(AGVs) are then exploited for material flow management. Car manufacturers, highly dependent on new technological
processes to remain competitive, will be the first enthusiastic customers’ target. Within the overall project Arculus intends to
optimize its ICT platform customizing the navigation control and integrating an enhanced software interface and an
automatic communication protocol. Arculus will surely support the EC target to increase industry’s share of GDP to 20% by
2020. A forecasted global market for advanced manufacturing technologies of €750 billion by 2020 and a target industry
representing a key pillar of the EU economy, will leverage this innovative solution.

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Friedrich-ebert-strasse 70A
85055 Ingolstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000