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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

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)

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 337 988,77
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Reiner Leikard (Mr.)
SIMPLAN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 206,76
Address
Sophie Scholl Platz 6
63452 Hanau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sven Spieckermann (Dr.)
TQC LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 370 319,42
Address
Hooton Street Carlton Road
NG3 2NJ Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Jones (Mr.)
ASYRIL SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 407 859,97
Address
Z.i. Le Vivier 16
1690 Villaz-st-pierre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alain Codourey (Dr.)
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans Wernher Van De Venn (Prof.)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 401 236,25
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexander Steinecker (Dr.)
UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS-ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 390 163,97
Address
Campus Da Caparica Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Barata (Prof.)
TTS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SYSTEMS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 301 083,98
Address
Largo Caleotto 1
23900 Lecco Lc
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Pedrazzoli (Prof.)
INTROSYS-INTEGRATION FOR ROBOTIC SYSTEMS-INTEGRACAO DE SISTEMAS ROBOTICOS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 205 696,59
Address
Zona Industrial Vila Amélia, Estrada Dos 4 Castelos, Lote 67
2950 805 Quinta Do Anjo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luís Flores (Mr.)