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Flexible Production experts for reconfigurable assembly technology

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26674

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 477 505

  • EU contribution

    € 7 999 324

Coordinated by:

HARMS & WENDE GMBH & CO KG

Germany

Objective

The goal of XPRESS is to establish a breakthrough for the factory of the future with a new flexible production concept based on the generic idea of 'specialised intelligent process units' ('expertons') integrated in cross-sectoral learning networks for a customised production.

This knowledge-based concept integrates the complete process chain: production configuration (decrease of ramp-up time of at least 50%), multi-variant production line (varying types & volumes on a single line) and 100% quality monitoring.

This concept is demonstrated in the automotive, aeronautics and electrical industry but can be transferred to nearly all production processes. XPRESS meets the challenge to integrate intelligence and flexibility at the 'highest' level of the product ion control system as well as at the 'lowest' level of the singular machine.

The radical innovations of the 'expertonic networked factory' are knowledge and responsibility segregation and trans-sectoral process learning in specialist knowledge networks. The concept is built on co-ordinated teams of specialised autonomous objects (expertons), each knowing how to do a certain process optimally.

They have the intelligence to choose the best-known production parameters for a given task. Assembly units composed of expertons can flexibly perform varying types of complex tasks, whereas today this is limited to a few pre-defined tasks.

Communicating machines will be developed using self-organising and self-learning algorithms, data mining and common interfaces. By sharing the specific knowledge of each experton in a network, other expertons are able to learn from each other in one production line, but also between different lines as well as different production units.

This architecture allows continuous process improvement. XPRESS will be able to anticipate and to respond to rapidly changing consumer needs, producing high-quality products in adequate quantities while reducing costs.

Coordinator

HARMS & WENDE GMBH & CO KG

Address

Grossmoorkehre 9
Hamburg

Germany

Participants (17)

TECHNAX INDUSTRIE SAS

France

SWANTEC SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING APS

Denmark

AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

AWL-TECHNIEK B.V.

Netherlands

BROETJE-AUTOMATION GMBH

Germany

GAMAX SZAMIASTECHNIKAI KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

CRITICAL SOFTWARE SA

Portugal

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

HOCHSCHULE KARLSRUHE TECHNIK UND WIRTSCHAFT

Germany

OULUN YLIOPISTO.

Finland

INSTYTUT SPAWALNICTWA

Poland

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI

Italy

FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

PREMIUM AEROTEC GMBH

Germany

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING SA

Portugal

KUKA SCHWEISSANLAGEN GMBH

Germany

STEINBEIS STIFTUNG FÜR WIRTSCHAFTSFÖRDERUNG

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26674

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 477 505

  • EU contribution

    € 7 999 324

Coordinated by:

HARMS & WENDE GMBH & CO KG

Germany