In a climate of world overproduction in ceramic tiles,
quality and price are the two key factors on which
European tile manufacturers will compete. Automation and
sensor based control techniques can deliver consistent
quality and provide cost savings.
The project aims to develop methods and tools to
implement an integrated and fully automatic production
plant, and specifically:
1. An integrated and intelligent information and control
system able to monitor, on line,machines, processes and
services (energy, water). Quality control procedures in
the areas of preventative maintenance, processes, energy
management and environmental impact. It is estimated that
machine down time can be reduced by 80%, in process
losses reduced by 25%, energy consumption reduced by 15%,
and achieve a 90% recycling of waste material and process
2. Sensors to enable on line monitoring of critical
3. A modular and multivariable control system performing
real time knowledge based process control. The target is
to reduce product scrap to 1.2% and 2nd and 3rd quality
to less than 10% throughout the production cycles.
The developments will be implemented in life size
demonstration prototypes within a plant.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts