I4MS – ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs
The European Commission is launching a new 77 million Euro innovation initiative for the manufacturing sector and in particular its high-tech small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), to profit from newest advances in ICT: I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs). Europe’s competiveness in that sector depends on its capacity to deliver highly innovative products that are produced economically and at high quality. The innovative part of these products often originates from advances in ICT integrated in these products. At the same time, ICT-based solutions applied across the manufacturing process chain help to make manufacturing these products efficient. Both in combination allow for more personalized, diversified and mass-produced European products and flexible reaction to changes on the world market.
I-RAMP3 – Intelligent Reconfigurable Machines for Smart Plug&Produce Production
I-RAMP³ is a European project co-financed under the scope of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. The project includes 12 participants from 6 European member states.
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 a novel concept forfast, 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.
DynaMill – Dynamic manufacturing of thin-walled work pieces by milling process
EU-funded Research Project “DynaMill” – Dynamic manufacturing of thin-walled work pieces by milling process
Light weighted components are becoming increasingly important in key European industries like aerospace, automotive, energy sector and bio-medical engineering. In order to minimize weight, complex thin-walled structures are frequently designed and manufactured utilizing high-strength materials. However, the lack of rigidity of many of these thin-walled parts presents a considerable challenge in terms of machining: It is vital to reduce the dynamic excitation caused by tool engagement, to minimize the static deflections arising from milling forces and to mitigate deformation resulting from clamping forces.
The aim of the EU-funded Research Project DynaMill is, therefore, to master milling operations carried out on thin-walled parts and to optimize these operations using a holistic approach in order to eliminate any danger of unwanted dynamic effects which could give rise to surface defects and poor quality. Process planning, adaptive clamping systems and improved process control must be designed to interlock with one another in the »DynaMill-Technology« in order to achieve the required quality in conjunction with considerable reduction in manufacturing time and resource input. The research and development project will be on-going until the end of 2015.
PoPJIM – Plug and Produce Joint Interface Modules
PoPJIM modules are located in machine tool joints which allows them to control the dynamic behaviour of the machine in order to assure process stability, avoid chatter and therefore improve machining accuracy.
PoPJIM advances two key innovative concepts that will bring radical changes in machine tools design and use:
1. Joint Interface Module (JIM) as a self-optimising mechatronic element that controls the dynamic behaviour of a machine-tool during its interaction with the cutting process
2. Distributed Wireless Configuration and Control Network (DWCN) which allows for plug and produce capability and decentralised control of JIMs through a wireless communication network. The DWCN is responsible for configuration and communication among the modules and network components to enable plug and produce capabilities.