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InteGration of pRocess and quAlity Control using multi-agEnt technology

Objective

The GRACE main objective is to realize a cooperative multi agent system (MAS) operating at all stages of a manufacturing system, integrating process control with quality control, for developing: - self-adaptive procedures into control and diagnostic systems at local and global level handling variation in process set-point and variables and unplanned fluctuations of process/product parameters; - supervision and control schemes at factory level based on a continuous flow of information between agents; - factory-level decision making strategies based on data analysis methods; - a modular engineering methodology enabling the efficient use of MAS production platforms. The project seeks to close the gap between theory on MAS and adaptive/intelligent agents and the control systems actually implemented in manufacturing lines. To reach the goal of a real world validation of the results, the project considers the production of washing machines and will show: - improvement of production efficiency; - reduction of production-line down-time; - reduction of non-conformities by improved quality control of products. Five main scientific/technical objectives are foreseen: - Development of a flexible, adaptive and reconfigurable architecture integrating process and quality control - Development of self-adaptation and self-optimization mechanisms - Development of modular and adaptive testing systems - Enable systematic transferability and industrial applicability of GRACE - Prototype of the concept and real test case This project impacts on production engineering research through the development of technologies for flexible and re-configurable production, implementing the concept of adaptivity, for improving process capability, production efficiency and product quality, to build technological competitive advantage for leading manufacturing sectors in Europe. GRACE has a strong industrial involvement and a strong potential for industrial take-up and exploitation.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 419 325
Administrative Contact
Nicola Paone (Prof.)

Participants (5)

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 698 974
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Schjølberg (Dr.)
AEA s.r.l.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 361 250
Address
Via Fiume 16
60030 Angeli Di Rosora (An)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Cristalli (Dr.)
INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE BRAGANCA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 329 159
Address
Campus De Santa Apolonia
5301 253 Braganca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luis Pais (Prof.)
Whirlpool Europe srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 426 451
Address
Viale Guido Borghi 27
I-21025 Comerio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Teresa Vitale (Ms.)
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 364 840
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Caroline Wagner-Winter (Ms.)