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Virtual IoT Maintenance System

Project description

IIoT with a digital twin to maintain manufacturing industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers numerous solutions for industry. Industrial IoT (IIoT) lets devices acquire and analyse data from connected equipment, operational technology, locations and people to regulate and monitor industrial systems. It can offer even more if interconnected with other systems. The EU funded VIMS project aims to develop a ground-breaking digital ecosystem for entire industrial and manufacturing maintenance systems. VIMS will link the IIoT platform with its virtual replica – the digital twin of the production line. Via data analyses through machine learning and artificial intelligence, it will obtain a wholistic picture. Augmented reality and virtual reality will then permit remotely controlled predictive and optimised maintenance processes. This solution will be compatible with wide-ranging industries.


The objective of the VIMS (Virtual IoT Maintenance System) project consists in developing and industrializing a new, complete, and integrated digital ecosystem for industrial and manufacturing environments. The core of the VIMS system combines an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform with a digital twin (DT) of the factory or production line.
On one hand, the IIoT platform allows to collect and organize data which is harvested directly from the manufacturing process at the shop-floor (from PLC, SCADA, smart sensors…) as well as from other information systems (MES, ERP…). In addition, the data can be post-processed using advanced data analysis tools based on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods in order to obtain meaningful information about the manufacturing process.
On the other hand, the DT yields a fully immersive and bi-directional experience in the factory or production line thanks to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. Thanks to the DT, operators, engineers and managers will be able to receive and experience the relevant information about the production process even at a different location; in addition, they will be able to control remotely the manufacturing and maintenance processes via the DT.
Moreover, several vertical business applications shall be implemented leveraging the core of the VIMS system. These applications are intended to address particular production and maintenance challenges, namely: a) Advanced operation and maintenance solutions (monitorization system in real time, predictive maintenance, asset tracking & optimized inventory) and b) Advanced AR/VR solutions (virtual training, operative guidance, remote assistance and path finding). VIMS system will be developed considering the compatibility with the maximum number of industries and factories, therefore we will assess the performance of the system in 3 real use cases of 2 different industries (aeronautic and pharmaceutical).



Net EU contribution
€ 1 227 352,88
08018 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 1 753 361,25

Participants (6)