Companies involved in the concrete industry face many problems with complex production units. This units are complex to manage because of their wide range of activity, the diversity of technologies, the equipments chaining with belt conveyors and other handling devices. This heavy equipments are subject to frequent breakdowns, very difficult to manage in a production environment and not easy to clean at the end of a production cycle. This situation is caused by the environment of the equipments that is not flexible and accurate enough to allow a real time control of the production unit. To maintain complex production units in the concrete industry, it is necessary to be equipped with adaptive control systems, and with tools and methods defined to optimise units cleaning:
adaptive control systems to optimise running and performances of complex and multipurpose units
tools and methods to optimise unit cleaning in order to reduce time (from 1h30 to 2h cleaning duration per 8 hours today to half an hour with the new system) and to increase efficiency. The objective of this project is to create a specific tool for maintenance of complex units in the concrete industry that allow to manage the units in a flexible way by the use of computer and sensors. This project is very important for SMEs in Europe and at least 1000 SMEs in the concrete industry could be interested in the results of this project.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards