Optimising manufacturing processes using Artificial Intelligence and Virtualisation

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Trilateral Research

Date: 26 April 2021

Manufacturing is a central and foundational pillar of the European economy, driving huge quantities of exports and providing many European jobs. It is deeply interconnected with other sectors of the economy, providing the demand for unprocessed materials, services and, in turn, the goods on which other sectors rely. Thus, it supports growth and employment across economic sectors, and plays an important role in innovation and economic growth.

Despite Europe’s success in industrial manufacturing, several challenges have emerged (including deindustrialisation, economic downturns, and increased global competition) that require adaptation and further innovation so that Europe can remain a global leader in an increasingly volatile and unpredictable global landscape.

At Trilateral, we are delighted to join 15 other partners from across the EU in the recently launched Horizon 2020 OPTIMAI Project. Working with our partners we will focus on transforming the manufacturing industry through the creation of a common framework of digital tools and methods to enhance efficiency, sustainability, and reduce defect rates on the production line.

OPTIMAI aims to create an industry ecosystem that will optimise production through Smart Instrumentation, Metrology, Artificial Intelligence, Virtualisation and Augmented Reality.

These technologies will be integrated into a Decision Support Framework for:

  • Zero-defect manufacturing through intelligent monitoring and control of production
  • Smart, secure and traceable data collection based on a distributed ledger
  • Advanced interaction mechanisms for rapid and efficient reconfiguration of equipment
  • Optimal production planning via virtualisation and AI

Trilateral will hold a key role in ensuring that OPTIMAI meets the demands of responsible research and innovation, that is, in ensuring that the innovation-driven by OPTIMAI is people-centred, ethical, and respects human values, human rights and national and international legal obligations (including the GDPR).

Meet the team

OPTIMAI was formally launched during a virtual kick-off meeting on February 3-4, 2021. It comprises 16 organisations from academic, scientific, and business communities from 8 countries that will work together over the course of the following three years.

The project coordinator is the Information Technologies Institute at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH-ITI). Other project partners who will be lending their expertise towards OPTIMAI innovations include; Fint Future Intelligence Ltd. (Cyprus); Foundation for Research Technology Hellas (Greece); Eye Vision Technology GmbH (Germany); Visual Components Oy (Finland); YOUBIQUO SRL (Italy); University of Thessaly (Greece); ENGINEERING Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A (Italy); UNIMETS S.A. (Spain); Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain); Carr Communications (Ireland); Kleemann Hellas S.A. (Greece); Televes S.A. (Spain); and Microchip Technology Caldicot Ltd (UK).

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 958264

For more information please contact our team.

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