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Real-Time Interactive Shop-Floor CIM

Objective

The objective of the project is to develop a low-cost CIM system which can be used in the short-term planning and control of manufacturing processes. Real-I-CIM will provide advanced management techniques supported by low-cost, open, state-of-the-art IT at shop-floor level that will neither require any change to existing production equipment nor enforce a particular type of organisation of the enterprise.

The project will make available to SMEs technologies previously known and affordable only at larger companies, while making up for the deficiencies of existing CIM solutions for SMEs. Results will include:

- advanced tools for scheduling and control, such as on-line exception handling scheduling integrated with schedule optimisation and leitstand tools
- a process condition monitoring tool set, providing user customisable advanced quality management, fault diagnosis and predictive maintenance modules
- a real-time information link bridging the gap between management and the shop floor
- an integrated environment supporting cooperative software applications, with both information (database) and control links (message passing)
- novel interfacing capabilities with existing systems, supported both at the IT level (networks, data bases, etc.) and at the manufacturing information semantic level (compliance with standards).
- the availability of shop floor real-time information of key interest for the implementation of lean production techniques (for example, activity-based costing, WIP tracking, etc), as well as for the timely updating of user-defined performance indexes needed by management or executive information systems.

Two sites have been selected in different Union countries and different industrial sectors. Other potential user industries will be involved in the specification, design and evaluation of the product as part of an interest group associated with the project.

At the end of the project, two products will be available for exploitation:

- a generic shop-floor CIM system, customisable by system integrators for use in different industries
- a customised version for the automotive and the shoe manufacturing industries.

Coordinator

Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores
Address
Largo Mompilher, 22
4000 Porto
Portugal

Participants (7)

AESOP ANGEWANDTE EDV-SYSTEME ZUR OPTIMIERUNG
Germany
Address
Königstraße 82
70173 Stuttgart
BMW BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AG
Germany
Address
Petuelring 130 Bmw Haus
80788 Muenchen
DICON DINKELO INDUSTRIE AUTOMATION
Germany
Address
Fraunhoferstraße 16
82152 Martinsried
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Nobelstrasse 12
70569 Stuttgart
GROWELA PORTUGUESA CALACADO LDA
Portugal
Address
, 7
4470 Maia
HYPERION ENERGY SYSTEMS
Ireland
Address
Enterprise Centre, North Mall
Cork
TECNOTRON-SISTEMAS DE AUTOMACAO, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Avenida E.u.a., 27B
1700 Lisboa