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Automating what is not automatable Automated defect diagnosis and Machining system for manufactured parts.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SCR4.0 (Automating what is not automatable Automated defect diagnosis and Machining system for manufactured parts.)

Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2020-03-31

Last advances in automation and cloud technologies have led to the emergence of Industry 4.0 a new industrial revolution that enables improved productivity, safety, and flexibility. Industry 4.0 has impacted a wide spectrum of key industries such as automotive, electronics manufacturing, advanced logistics, among others. However, further improvements are still needed in other segments such as metal mould injection, where non-automated processes contribute up to 75% of the total production time, leading to important and costly drawbacks such as increased downtime and reduced productivity due to bad diagnosis.
ASAI has developed SCR4.0 a pioneering solution that fully integrates and automates for the first-time industrial parts scan, 3D model generation, machining processes in a high flow metal casting manufacturing line. SCR4.0 will improve quality control and rectification processes by 50%, enabling up to 33% increase of productivity, and saving up to 30% of production costs.
The objective of the present project has been to develop a comprehensive assessment of the technical, commercial and financial feasibility of SCR4.0.
The first working prototype has been successfully assembled and tested in-house, demonstrating the technical viability of the solution. Development and testing activities to bring SCR4.0 to TRL8 have been defined. Moreover, the regulatory framework has been analysed and the IPR landscape defined. A comprehensive market and competitor analysis has confirmed excellent market potential, in line with our financial analysis that showed promising projections for the first 5 years of commercialisation. The commercial and financial feasibility has been completed with a detailed business plan and risk assessment with the corresponding mitigation and contingency actions.
The important economic benefits in terms of productivity increase and production costs reduction are projected to reduce the payback period of SCR4.0 down to 3 years. This will ease the wide adoption of SCR4.0 not only in the metal injection moulding industry, but also in the manufacturing industries of other moulded materials like plastics or composites. The successful commercial roll-out of SCR4.0 will contribute to expand Industry 4.0 across new applications, increasing European productivity and enabling to blur cost efficiencies of emerging economies. Thus, SCR4.0 will help to bring production back to Europe and contribute to the EU socio-economic growth.