Oct 17

The future of work starts from the factory

The GO0D MAN consortium partner
The GO0D MAN consortium partner

On October 10th-11th, representatives of European industries, research centres and universities, met in Italy to give the official start to GO0D MAN, an Innovation project partially funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme.

Within a context of market globalisation, the quality of products is a key factor for success in manufacturing industry. At the same time, the increasing interest in sustainable production places a premium on reducing material waste, re-works, rejects and stocks and has led to a demand for the development of zero-defect strategies at system level.

Traditional approaches for quality control treat the production system as a whole and lack the capability to discriminate among changes at different stages. This means that the large amount of data generated or used in a production system, is not efficiently processed. The strategy developed by the GO0D MAN project, instead, will be able to manage the production in an advanced way, involving Big Data as the key element for an efficient and zero defects manufacturing (ZDM) process.

Industry 4.0 and Big Data, zero defects in production line and high quality of production, factory of the future and maximum production efficiency. These are the issues addressed by GO0D MAN project, riding on the new paradigms of the industry and of knowledge: in a world in which the new industrial revolution walks side by side with the new digital revolution, the future of the work is more and more knowledge, and less and less factory.

The Factory of the Future and GO0D MAN, European Project of the Horizon 2020 Programme

The GO0D MAN project aims to develop and carry out technologies that can be implemented in a production line in order to prevent the generation and propagation of defects, from the perspective of ‘Zero Defect Manufacturing’.

The ultimate goal is to develop a production strategy that can guarantee high quality of products without interfering, actually improving, the production efficiency of the entire system.

Loccioni, Electrolux Professional, Zannini (also with its Polish subsidiary) and Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), Instituto Politecnico de Bragança, Volkswagen Autoeuropa and Uninova (Portugal), BOC (Austria) and Nissatech Innovation Centre (Serbia) are the partners of the project.

Two Universities (Università Politecnica delle Marche and Polytechnic Instituto Politecnico de Bragança) and one Research Centre (Uninova) with expertise in multi-agent systems, industrial automation, control systems, measurement techniques and signal processing for quality control.

Three industrial technology providers with experience in the development of advanced IT solutions for real time big data processing, automatic systems for on-line quality control and modelling tools for decision makers: Nissatech Innovation Centre, Loccioni and BOC, respectively.

Three industrial end-users with many plants all over Europe, representatives of different multi-stage production systems in Europe:

  1. Zannini – turned metal components
    Batch production, high precision multi stage machining operations
  2. Volkswagen Autoeuropa – OEM, car production
    Serial production, manual and semi-automatic assembly
  3. Electrolux Professional – professional kitchen equipment
    Production of customized products, highly flexible manual and semi-automatic assembly.

The “Zero Defect Manufacturing” (ZDM) strategy, developed within the GO0D MAN project, is based on multi-agent systems and will play a key role to implement the distributed infrastructure able to collect, monitor and process data, in local and global levels, supporting the execution of different types of advanced data analytics algorithms.

The real time and early identification of deviations and trends, performed in each quality control stations of a multi-stage production line, allow to prevent the generation of defects at single stage and their propagation to down-stream processes, enabling the global system to be predictive (early detection of process faults) and proactive (self-adaptation to different conditions).

Effective use of such large amount of data is the key enabling factor for the successful achievement of ZDM strategy. Data analysis, in order to extract knowledge, will impact on product quality, waste and scraps reduction, energy efficiency and production rate and cost, in line with ZDM policies. Furthermore, the use of the overall information will permit build-up of knowledge extremely relevant for a continuous process improvement according to quality policies.

GO0D MAN is an Innovation Action of Horizon 2020 programme and is based on the results achieved in other European Research Projects developed in recent years, such as GRACE, IDEAS and Self-Learning, which addressed the issue of zero-defect production at feasibility and prototyping level.

GO0D MAN is a project funded by the European Commission under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014 – 2020) within the FoF – Technologies for Factories of the Future initiative. Contract no. H2020-FOF-03-2016-723764

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