Intelligent Reconfigurable Machines for Smart Plug & Produce Production
The vision of I-RAMP³ is to enable the European manufacturing industry towards smart manufacturing systems in conventional production.
The project aims at creating innovative solutions in order to improve the competitiveness for this important industry sector. This goal will be reached by anovel concept for fast, optimized ramp-up and operation of production lines. By this, significant reduction of time and efforts during the setup and re-configuration of production plants will be reached. At the same time, production costs will be reduced by increasing the efficiency of manufacturing.
Project specific objectives
I-RAMP³ aims at enabling the industry towards zero ramp-up time integration of additional capabilities in existing and new production networks. In order to realize this goal the project will target four specific objectives:
- Plug & Produce devices, sensors and actuators with built-in intelligence for fast exchange of components,
- Standardized communication and collaboration mechanisms in heterogeneous production environments,
- Intra- and inter-device optimization models for automated device configuration,
- Enhanced Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for workflow optimization and production data assessment.
The project started in October 2012 and will end in September 2015. Critical Manufacturing as a provider of a state-of the art MES will ensure that the I-RAMP³ development can be implemented in existing industrial settings. Its main responsibilities are to integrate the MES and extend its capabilities with I-Ramp3 technology as well as to develop the workflow optimization module.
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