towards Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Project budget4 568 617 €
ERDF amount2 741 170 €
The challenge is to prepare the industrial economy (automation & manufacturing industry) for the future “Industry 4.0” (I4.0) and “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT).
Focus is on strengthening the manufacturing industries by developing and demonstrating key enabling automation technologies, preparing practicing engineers for the future smart interconnected factories, smart buildings and sustainable engineering.
Further computerization of industry in high-wage countries, enabling small production series & interconnected factories, is essential for the industrial economy in all Member States.
Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is the next industrial revolution. Manufacturers are focussing on client-specific production and added-value products. In Germany 84% of the companies feel the pressure to digitize and 57% will significantly change their business model due to the digital revolution. Germany is world leader in this revolution.
The project main objective is to close the gap between the region and Germany & other leading countries, by developing and demonstrating the necessary key technologies towards companies, in this way facilitating the conversion towards I4.0.
INCASE will develop knowledge, innovative applications and pilots on key enabling automation technologies for the future I4.0.
INCASE will deliver 10 thematic demonstration trajectories on those key enabling automation technologies for smart factories and green technologies for smart homes and factories. The demonstration actions will inspire 800+ practicing engineers from 300+ companies in the manufacturing industry towards new products and new production methodologies. The intermediary organizations will actively create awareness on the future I4.0.
Cross border approach
Cross-border cooperation allows partners to have access to shared knowledge. Due to the complementarity of the partners, a stronger interregional cooperation and cross pollination will occur.
Using similar basic equipment, jointly developing demonstrators and pilots provides more intensively (on large scale) tested demonstrators and better pilots.
Cross-border cooperation makes large scale testing on new emerging technologies possible. F.i. the “interconnected factory” using ProfiCloud combines national demonstrators into 1 interregional large scale demonstrator giving new test possibilities.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Université Lille 1
Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers : ICAM
NV Economische Impuls Zeeland
University of Kent - School of Engineering and Digital Arts
University of Essex, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Stichting HZ University of Applied Sciences
Manchester Metropolitan University
PI (Profibus International) France
PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) United Kingdom
Phoenix Contact NV/SA