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Plug and PRoduce Intelligent Multi Agent Environment based on Standard Technology

Objective

There is an increasing pressure on European SMEs to deliver high quality, often customised products using cost effective manufacturing processes and systems while competing in the global market. One of the key production processes in high labour cost areas such as Europe is assembly of final products in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and medical industries. They all require systems that can: be installed quickly, achieve high volumes at shorter time intervals, perform with minimum interruptions and be reconfigured for new products with minimum cost.
PRIME aims to create new solutions for deployment by SMEs of highly adaptive, reconfigurable self-aware plug and produce assembly systems, which will use multi-agent control, dynamic knowledge sharing, integrated monitoring, and innovative human-machine interaction mechanisms. These next generation assembly systems equipped with PRIME technology will be able to proactively support rapid reconfiguration, adaptation, error-recovery, and operational performance improvement. This will lead to a dramatic cost and time reduction of deploying and maintaining complex assembly systems on demand and improve their effectiveness.
The PRIME vision will be achieved by enhancing today’s assembly systems with standardised plug and produce process and control solutions and interfaces to allow rapid reconfiguration and deployment, performance monitoring, self-awareness and evolutionary system adaptation. Based on this, the overall system performance will be monitored against production objectives and bottlenecks, thus errors and sub-optimal behaviour can be identified and assigned to the responsible stations. This will enable optimisation and adaptation of the assembly processes and associated system behaviour within a human centred environment. Furthermore, methods will be developed to integrate existing legacy system modules within the plug-and-produce environment using standardised interfacing.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Address

University Park
Ng7 2rd Nottingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 576 444,29

Administrative Contact

Paul Cartledge (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 337 988,77

SIMPLAN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 359 206,76

TQC LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 370 319,42

ASYRIL SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 407 859,97

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 500 000

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 401 236,25

UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 390 163,97

TTS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SYSTEMS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 301 083,98

INTROSYS-INTEGRATION FOR ROBOTIC SYSTEMS-INTEGRACAO DE SISTEMAS ROBOTICOS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 205 696,59

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314762

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 415 489,96

  • EU contribution

    € 3 850 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom