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TRial of Intelligent Tag ON industrial environment

Objective

The objective of this project is the implementation of a Trial Application in a real production environment (cleaning products manufacturing) using the TagFlow system. This system is the result of an Esprit project named ALBATROS, whose objective was the development of an intelligent Tag based on RFID technology for the Retail sector. The project will be accomplished by a collaboration process between IECISA-technology provider and -P&G-user. IECISA has consolidated the results of ALBATROS into a system named TagFlow that includes several types of subsystems (Tags, Readers, Antennas, Commutation Devices, Firmware, Low level Protocols, etc.).

Objectives:
The objective of TRITON is the implementation of a Trial Application in a real production environment using the solution TagFlow. This solution based on a RFID intelligent Tag was developed for the Retail sector and will be applied for the first time in a production environment. The user of the Trial has identified this solution as the best to improve some essential aspects in its production processes. The technology provider would like to extend the functionality of the system to a different sector in order to test and improve its capabilities. The innovation aspects of this trial are: adapt a leading edge technology (developed for Retail) to another sector with a more significant potential growth at short term; install the system in a critical mission and real time process; transform the buggy into a live buggy (opening added value possibilities in the proceeses). Some goals identified by the user are: reduce error rate in production, increase automation degree, real time inventory.

Work description:
In order to reach the proposed goal, we have to achieve some partial objectives. The project has been structured in two phases:

Phase I: We intend to set up a "field laboratory" at P&G for early tries of the functionality of the system. Besides, it can be used to help in the redesign of some aspects of the involved subsystems (Tag, Reader and Reader Antenna). The advantage of setting up this "field laboratory" will be to implement the technology in a less traumatic way for the user. The Trial will not interfere with normal factory operation since only a small part of it will be used in this first phase. The rest of the solution will be implanted during phase II, gradually, ensuring that the production is not affected (this has been a requirement of the user).

Phase II: The Implementation of the solution is done in this phase and will cover mainly the development of an industrial system that operates as a DDAS (Distributed Data Acquisition System). The existence of the "field laboratory" result of Phase I will easy and speed up this implementation by reducing the risks in the engineering and redesign of the components. Tests will be possible in an environment with very similar characteristics to the final ones in a very early stage of the project.

The workplan has been structured as follows:
WP1.Project Management and Exploitation
WP2. Definition
1. System Specifications
2. Implementation at Field Laboratory
3. Installation and tests of field laboratory
WP2.Implementation
1. Simplification of the Data Acquisition Tools
2. Process of Data Acquisition and Management Distributed Network
WP3. Final Test and Validation.

Milestones:
The main goal of TRITON is to obtain a distributed system, where the communication nodes have the capability of getting some kind of data (tag reading, analogical or digital inputs or outputs) and work autonomously. This system will be an adaptation of the TagFlow technology to a manufacturing environment. To reach this goal, the project has been structured in two phases (Field Laboratory and Plant Implementation) with two Milestones at the end of each phase.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

INFORMATICA EL CORTE INGLES, S.A.
Address
Travesia Costa Brava 4
28034 Madrid
Spain

Participants (1)

PROCTER & GAMBLE MATARO, S.L.
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial "El Rengle". Vilassar N?5
08302 Mataro