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Flexible Production experts for reconfigurable assembly technology

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-NMP-NI-4
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HARMS & WENDE GMBH & CO KG
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Grossmoorkehre 9
Hamburg
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Participants (17)

TECHNAX INDUSTRIE SAS
France
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Rue Des Freres Lumiere 23
Genas

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SWANTEC SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING APS
Denmark
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Agern Alle 3
Hoersholm

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AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
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Kreetslag 10
95 01 09 Hamburg

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AWL-TECHNIEK B.V.
Netherlands
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Nobelstraat 37
245 Harderwijk

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BROETJE-AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
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Stahlstrasse 1-5
Wiefelstede

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GAMAX SZAMIASTECHNIKAI KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
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Bartok Bela Ut. 15/d
Budapest

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CRITICAL SOFTWARE SA
Portugal
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Parque Industrial De Taveiro, Lote 48
Coimbra

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27 C
Muenchen

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HOCHSCHULE KARLSRUHE TECHNIK UND WIRTSCHAFT
Germany
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Moltkestrasse 30
2440 Karlsruhe

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OULUN YLIOPISTO.
Finland
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Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
8000 Oulu

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INSTYTUT SPAWALNICTWA
Poland
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Ul. Blogoslawionego Czeslawa 16/18
Gliwice

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CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Italy
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Strada Torino 50
Orbassano (To)

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FACULDADE DE ENGENHARIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
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Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, S/n
Porto

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PREMIUM AEROTEC GMBH
Germany
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Haunstetter Strasse 225
Augsburg

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CRITICAL MANUFACTURING SA
Portugal
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Rua Eng.° Frederico Ulrich, 2650
Porto

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KUKA SCHWEISSANLAGEN GMBH
Germany
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Bluecherstrasse 144
431348 Augsburg

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STEINBEIS STIFTUNG FÜR WIRTSCHAFTSFÖRDERUNG
Germany
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Willi-bleicher-strasse 19
Stuttgart

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