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towards Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner

Universiteit Gent

Contact

Begindatum

01/09/2016

Einddatum

31/12/2019

Project budget

4 568 617

ERDF amount

2 741 170

ERDF rate

60%

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    Common challenge

    The challenge tackled by INCASE was to prepare the industrial economy (automation & manufacturing industry) for the future “Industry 4.0” (I4.0) and “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT).  This is, in fact, crucial for high-wage countries which necessitate an increased level of computerization in the industry to facilitate small production series and interconnected factories.
    The INCASE project took a focused approach to address this challenge by emphasizing the enhancement of manufacturing industries. Through the development and demonstration of key enabling automation technologies, the project aims to fortify the foundation for a seamless transition into the era of smart interconnected factories, smart buildings, and sustainable engineering.

    Main Achievements

    INCASE came to an end in December 2019. The project developed pilots and performed research related to a selection of key automation technologies. 
    10 thematic demonstration trajectories were delivered with the aim of testing new technologies and showcase their feasibility to professionals and technicians in order to spread awareness and trigger 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 also 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 the possibilities and limitations of those technologies.

    Additionally, INCASE organised 34 technical events including where in-depth courses and technical lectures. 2305 people from 1174 companies attended at least a lecture. The average participant followed 2.6 lectures   or events. 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.
    Finally, 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.

    Testimonial

    This interaction between start-ups, academic staff involved in INCASE, and students is a great way to both innovate and add value to a project. Moreover, it was valuable for us to work with experts in the field of robotics. Interacting with the consortium of INCASE has been very rewarding and a great way for us to innovate and enter the world of applied research for industrial projects.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    Yncréa Hauts-de-France

    Université de Lille

    Voka Oost-Vlaanderen

    Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers : ICAM

    CITC-EuraRFID

    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

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
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    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Interregional pilot for interconnecting smart factories by the ProfiCloud, and 3 local demonstrators

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilots for advanced "stress" test of industrial ethernet: a load & error generator based on FPGAs.

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Feasibility study of Power Line Communication for use in smart grids and in industry

    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilots and feasibility study on key automation technologies for Industry 4.0: Networked Control

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilots and feasibility study on key automation technologies for Industry 4.0: Integrated Design.

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilots for ProfiEnergy; report on energy saving achieved by using ProfiEnergy devices

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilot for "smart grids" using Power Line Communication (PLC) for the "last mile"

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    20/10/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Pilots & smaller scale demonstrators for control & HMI of sustainable smart homes – Reports

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies
    31/01/2019

    INCASE

    Thema: Technological innovationIndustry

    Low-cost pilots for energy monitoring, connected to the Internet of Things and industrial networks

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Innovation agencies