towards Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Lead partnerUniversiteit Gent
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.
INCASE developed pilots and performed research related to a selection of key automation technologies. The project delivered 10 thematic demonstration trajectories to demonstrate the new technologies and feasibility to engineers and technicians in order to create awareness and an early market uptake. Specific topics where demonstrators were developed are PROFICloud for connecting distant factories, stress-testing on PROFINet for creating reliable networks, power line communication as alternative communication network and high frequency power quality, networked control and integrated design, more specific mobile robotics, high-end hardware targets and co-simulation. INCASE developed pilots and performed research related to sustainable engineering. Specific topics were PROFIEnergy, communication & human machine interfacing in smart buildings and energy monitoring. The demonstrators based on these pilot setups were constructed and research was done on the setups to gain insight in possibilities and limitations of the technologies
INCASE organised 34 technical events where in-depth courses and technical lectures were given. 2305 people from 1174 companies attended a lecture. The average participant followed 2,6 lectures or events, meaning 886 unique people were reached. Additionally, INCASE reached more than 700 people on 31 communication events with a general introduction on the project, a general introduction on Industry 4.0 technologies or a company visit. INCASE was also guest at several exhibitions and conferences reaching >10000 people. The project reached more than the preset targets.
Policy makers were reached on communication activities, organized by the partnership for a larger public, and on different conferences and meetings. Technology transfer organisations jointly setup stands with the project partners and communicated on the project.
The INCASE partners gained a lot of knowledge by cross border cooperation. A cross border setup demonstrated the possibilities of industrial cloud applications and distant (cross border) measurements were possible. Knowledge on PROFIEnergy, EMC and cosimulation was shared among the partners, who spread the knowledge to the local industrial partners.