H2020 CREMA - Cloud-based Rapid Elastic MAnufacturing
Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing
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Developing Test-Beds for CREMA component and package testing

Developing Test-Beds for CREMA component and package testing

CREMA proposes a manufacturing framework that provides support to manufacturers for integrating data from heterogeneous manufacturing-related data sources, e.g., sensors (e.g., RFID-, iBeacon-, or WSN-based), IoT technologies, CPS, and existing enterprise software. This framework is based on reliable and secure storing, processing, exchanging, and disseminating manufacturing-related data based on established standards. This is scalable and elastic as the amount of data collected and used increases and also interoperable between different information resources and data formats.

Building the Framework

 

CREMA proposes a manufacturing framework that provides support to manufacturers for integrating data from heterogeneous manufacturing-related data sources, e.g., sensors (e.g., RFID-, iBeacon-, or WSN-based), IoT technologies, CPS, and existing enterprise software. This framework is based on reliable and secure storing, processing, exchanging, and disseminating manufacturing-related data based on established standards. This is scalable and elastic as the amount of data collected and used increases and also interoperable between different information resources and data formats.

The CREMA framework proposed provides support for the complete manufacturing process lifecycle including process modelling, execution, monitoring, and adaptation by adopting the re(al)location of manufacturing services following the DAMA approach. Other features include the support for distributed process control, for leasing and releasing manufacturing assets in an on-demand, utility-like fashion. This allows for rapid elasticity through scaling leased assets up and down, for process optimization, forecasting, and adaptation, for virtualization of manufacturing services and assets, for pay-per-use of manufacturing assets and services, and for data analysis and processing to provide users (process owners, manufacturing engineers, workers…) with filtered data regarding concrete processes and process instances.

CREMA will support the complete supply chain and all stakeholders involved in it, including: i) the means to sell and buy manufacturing services and temporarily lease manufacturing assets in the Manufacturing Business Web, ii) the integration of IT systems (both hardware- and software-based) of different partners in manufacturing processes without extensive manual work and iii) the customization of data presentation covering the complete supply chain but filtered to the information needs of the particular user via specific dashboards.

Exploitation Activities

  • Business exploitation: These will meet the CREMA business objectives (Industrial exploitation of the entire system), the commercial exploitation of the Scientific and Technological results (Commercial exploitation of the system modules) and the adoption of resulting technology by CREMA’s industrial partners (Improved Company Processes) but also the R&D project performers (Technical exploitation)
  • Education exploitation: It has been anticipated that the results coming from CREMA will be exploited for education. In this sense, it is expected that academic material and content based on CREMA is to be provided to students and teaching classes. This aspect is covered by the Academic/Research exploitation (including papers publication)
  • Research exploitation: It is foreseen that CREMA will provide both support, and test-bed for advanced research programmes (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) to be carried out in, especially, Manufacturing Process related and associated established / new sciences. Similarly, this aspect is also covered by the Academic/Research exploitation (including papers publication)
  • Standardization exploitation: Outstanding results out of CREMA developments with standardization value will be taken forward in the standardization path.
  • Joint or Bilateral exploitation with other partners

Industrial Exploitation

  • The implication of industrial user partners TCO, FAGOR and GOIZ, plus the implication of TANet, as industrial association, and IKER, as research organization targeting the manufacturing sector, ensures the exploitation of the results of CREMA within the manufacturing industry. This objective is clearly achieved due to the participation of these organizations from day one of the project where the scope, market analysis and requirements of the project are defined to the end stages where the piloting activities are carried out and their implications when the CREMA solution is under development.

Market Analysis

  • Currently the market offers new opportunities to manufacturing organizations that wish to expand their business and take profit of the new challenges and opportunities that the Cloud offers. Manufacturing organizations, especially SMEs are used to work with different partners depending on their needs but these relationships are based on strict and fixed terms that usually do not change.
  • The usage of Cyber-Physical Systems permits the development of a service layer on top of each object to grant access to the data generated by that object. This means that data can be published and/or shared with business partners allowing decision making with more accuracy since the more information gathered for executing the optimization, simulation and forecasting then the better predictions will be calculated.
  • The potential benefits that the CREMA approach brings to the manufacturing industry relies on the following terms: elasticity, resources availability and optimization, manufacturing process and resources simulation, and forecasting and data availability.