All projects under this objective shall carry out a critical mass of vertical application experiments related to robotics or simulation, complemented by horizontal support services: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, individual experiments shall bring together all actors of the value chain necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments, e.g. first time users, application experts, technology suppliers, system integrators, and service providers. Special emphasis is on SMEs, both on the supply and the demand side. Proposers are referred to the general description of take-up actions in the introduction to this Challenge.
a) Robot solutions for new manufacturing applications
Experiments shall showcase the take-up, integration and evaluation of methods, components, and tools reflecting the paradigm shift in industrial robotics, away from immobile, large-sized, pre-programmed robots to more flexible, energy efficient and adaptable service robots (e.g. lightweight, mobile systems). Experiments should target key functionalities such as mobility, reconfigurability, dexterity, safety and human-robot interaction, and focus on downstream activities like systems integration, testing and validation under realistic manufacturing conditions. In areas such as manufacturing, service, maintenance and repair, or monitoring and control, application scenarios must be well motivated in technical terms and exploitation potential. Experiments shall be innovative, e.g. in terms of integrating new materials, advanced sensors and control technologies in robotic systems.
b) Simulation services for engineering and manufacturing
Experiments shall showcase the customisation and adoption of HPC-cloud-powered simulation services by users, particularly SMEs. Innovation shall be addressed at three levels: (1) Users get a "one-stop-shop" access to simulation technologies novel for them, including expertise and tools for visualisation, analytics, customisation and integration; and dynamic, easy and affordable access to computing resources; (2) as business owners, independent software vendors and simulation service providers, supported by competence centres, port their applications to a cloud of HPC resources and run experiments with those cloud-based service and business models in controlled environments; (3) HPC resource and service providers join forces in providing, across experiments, a prototype of a sustainable European commercial cloud of HPC resources in manufacturing and engineering including the necessary orchestration and access services. An operational prototype of the targeted cloud infrastructure is expected to become operational at an early stage. HPC-cloud providers shall build on existing infrastructures as far as appropriate.
c) Constituency building and road-mapping:
Building constituencies and developing broad research and innovation agendas in areas such as (i) analytics, simulation, and forecasting technologies deployed in manufacturing and engineering; (ii) architectures and services integrating agile and flexible manufacturing processes into distributed, interoperable, "green", and context aware enterprises of the future.
Relevant challenge: 7. ICT for the Enterprise and Manufacturing
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