ICOSAF aims at technologies and systems for a collaborative factory with a growing integration of the operator in line with the principles of Industry 4.0 (interconnected automation) and 5.0 (humanization and re-use of resources). This vision includes mobile and fixed robotic systems, active monitoring systems of quality and machinery operator assistants and AGVs that interact with operators and environment.
The integration of these systems into the smart factory leads to improvements in productivity, quality, flexibility and ergonomics. The enhancement of operator’s capabilities, assisted by automated systems in low value added operations, enables more pervasive utilization of human intelligence and flexibility along with the high performance of the automation. The analysis of performance and historical data from distributed sensors and machines allows for greater efficiency in operator-managed quality and maintenance services, while using advanced human-machine interfaces (from augmented reality to wearable devices) makes it easy to work. Similarly, the use of modeling and digital simulation systems facilitates and optimizes factory design and validation, from single workstations to the entire Shop Floor.
The project aims at:
- developing models for collaborative new factory;
- enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency in the integration and use of robotic collaboration;
- developing an active and smart logistics with AGVs that monitor, transport or perform autonomous collaborative actions (autonomous kitting and sequencing, autonomous delivery up to the product line, cooperative actions);
- defining quality control and device analysis systems designed to optimize the product/process quality and the predictive maintenance;
- developing human-machine interfaces optimized for the cooperative factory;
- developing methodologies for the digitalization and profitable integration of technologies developed into the shop floor of small, medium or large companies.
Technologies and cooperative systems listed in the project, are analyzed at the level of modeling, theoretical development and realization of prototypes which then are validated in enterprises driven test cases.