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Manual Work Support Throughout System Lifecycle by Exploiting Virtual and Augmented Reality

Objective

Manual work is a crucial and expensive component of manufacturing. Globalization causes companies to reduce manual work costs by offshoring and global outsourcing. This poses problems such as increased lead times, lower quality products and services, and weaker management. Because of the pressure of globalization and the decline of the working age population in Europe, the situation will get worse in sectors with a large proportion of high value manual work that cannot be automated or outsourced. The ManuVAR project aims to provide a timely and systematic solution to this problem. The objective of ManuVAR is to develop an innovative technology platform and a framework to support high value manual work throughout the product lifecycle. ManuVAR will cover ergonomics, safety, work assistance, and training. It includes various people from designers to factory workers, operators, maintenance personnel, and end-users. The aims of ManuVAR are to: (1) increase productivity and quality, reducing the cost of high value manual work at every stage of the lifecycle; (2) facilitate adaptation to product customization and changes; (3) support efficient knowledge and skill management; (4) improve EU industry competitiveness via knowledge-based business models. This will be achieved by employing virtual reality technology to facilitate communication between people and systems. It will also enable the two-way flow of knowledge and its accumulation and reuse throughout the entire lifecycle and across subsequent system generations. The consortium comprises 18 partners representing industry, research and academia. In ManuVAR, there are five synergistic application clusters in different industrial areas: terrestrial satellite assembly, assembly line design, remote maintenance of trains, maintenance of nuclear reactors, large machine assembly process design. ManuVAR will demonstrate that high value, high knowledge manual work is an opportunity to improve the competitiveness of EU industries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/virtual reality
  • /social sciences/sociology/globalization
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/nuclear engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 436 203,50
Administrative Contact
Boris Krassi (Dr.)

Participants (18)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 479 520
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 523 684,70
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Henny Knijnenburg (Ms.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José De La Rosa Gallardo (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 367 820,26
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelos Amditis (Dr.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 551 580
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 392 701,60
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Antonio Molina Ruiz (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 541 640
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
TTY-SAATIO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 523 070
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Reijo Karjalainen (Mr.)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 268 287
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Zemide (Ms.)
METSO MINERALS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 192 358
Address
Lokomonkatu 3
33101 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jarmo Mäkinen (Mr.)
NUEVAS ESTRATEGIAS DE MANTENIMIENTO S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 96 580
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi, Parque Tecnológico De San Sebastián 56/2
20009 Donostia-san Sebastian
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Conde (Mr.)
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 168 540,41
Address
Avenida Montes De Oca 1
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Manuel Mourín (Mr.)
Carr Communications Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 445 938,03
Address
Northumberland Road 5 Ballsbridge
A96 PR60 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frances Fox (Ms.)
HERMIA YRITYSKEHITYS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 113 625
Address
Hermiankatu 6A
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pekka Jussila (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION FOR ADVANCEMENT OF RADICAL BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 505 900
Address
Corso Sempione 52
20154 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Milvia Bizzi (Ms.)
cards PLM Solutions B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 375
Address
De Maas 22A
5684PL Best
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruurd Hoogendoorn (Mr.)
IPA Total Productivity BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 259 689,50
Address
Kosterij 4
1721PN Broek Op Langedijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter-Jan Zwart (Mr.)
FUNDACION FATRONIK.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 335 100
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 7 - Parque Tecnologico 7
20009 Donostia - San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José De La Rosa Gallardo (Mr.)