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Factory Automation Edge Computing Operating System Reference Implementation

Factory Automation Edge Computing Operating System Reference Implementation

Objective

Despite the proclaimed benefits (i.e. scalability, reliability, cost-effectiveness) of Future Internet (FI) technologies (i.e. edge & cloud computing, IoT/CPS) for factory automation, their adoption from manufacturers remains low for various reasons, including technology issues (e.g., poor situation awareness, limited deployments, no standards-based reference implementations) and the lack of a smooth migration path from legacy systems.
FAR-EDGE is a joint effort of leading experts in manufacturing, industrial automation and FI technologies towards the smooth and wider adoption of virtualized factory automation solutions based on FI technologies. It will research a novel factory automation platform based on edge computing architectures and IoT/CPS technologies. FAR-EDGE will provide a reference implementation of emerging standards-based solutions for industrial automation (RAMI 4.0, Industrial Internet Consortium reference architecture), along with simulation services for validating automation architectures and production scheduling scenarios. FAR-EDGE will lower the barriers for manufacturers to move towards Industrie 4.0, as a means of facilitating mass-customization and reshoring. Emphasis will be paid in the study of migration options from legacy centralized architectures, to emerging FAR-EDGE based ones.
FAR-EDGE will be validated in real-life plants (VOLVO, WHIRLPOOL) in the scope of user-driven scenarios (business-cases) for mass-customization and reshoring, where tangible improvements relating to reliability, productivity increase, quality cost, reduction in adaptation effort/costs will be measured and evaluated. Also, a wide range of migration scenarios will be evaluated in the scope of a CPS manufacturing testbed.
FAR-EDGE will also establish a unique ecosystem for FI factory automation solutions, which will bring together the FoF and FI communities (e.g., EFFRA, Industrie 4.0, AIOTI, ARTEMIS JU) and will ensure sustainability of FAR-EDGE results.

Coordinator

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Address

Piazzale Dell'Agricoltura 24
00144 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 593 750

Participants (12)

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SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 585 142,50

VOLVO LASTVAGNAR AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 313 500

WHIRLPOOL EMEA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 290 000

Whirlpool Europe srl

Italy

X/OPEN COMPANY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 328 976,25

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 343 750

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 390 625

SENSAP MICROSYSTEMS ANONIMI ETAIRIA ILEKTRONIKON SYSTIMATON KAI EFARMOGON LOGISMIKOU

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 271 875

UNPARALLEL INNOVATION LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 308 325

TECHNOLOGIE INITIATIVE SMARTFACTORY KL E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 243 562,50

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION LABORATORY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 323 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723094

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 490 193,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 992 631,25

Coordinated by:

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy