The new era on human-centered robotics in Europe with user-friendly, plug & play solutions

Project Summary

SHOP4CF (Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories) is an EU-funded project within the eighth framework program Horizon 2020 that aims to create a unique infrastructure for the convenient deployment of human-centric industrial applications.

 

SHOP4CF believes that people should not be replaced by automated process but can gain new relevance through usage of their individual abilities within the factory. Therefore, new technologies need to be human-centric.

VISION

SHOP4CF (Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories) is an EU-funded project within the eighth framework program Horizon 2020 that aims to create a unique infrastructure for the convenient deployment of human-centric industrial applications. In the project, 20 partners develop a comprehensive software platform containing a wide range of components that cover a broad spectrum of industrial requirements, especially in the context of modern, flexible, and data-rich manufacturing. Apart from the core consortium who submitted the original SHOP4CF proposal, the project is looking for additional contributors during the project’s runtime via several open calls.

 

The overall vision of SHOP4CF is that tomorrow’s production requires both machine skills (e.g., high accuracy, precision, or persistence) and human resources (e.g., creativity, adaptability, or tactile sense). Therefore, all components considered in the SHOP4CF software platform aim at the mutual complementation of human labor and machines in order to improve the working conditions by:

AUTOMATING MONOTONOUS / LABORIOUS WORK

INCREASING HUMAN PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH SMART ASSISTANCE

We believe that SHOP4CF can have a strong positive impact on the labor market, as people in production are not simply replaced by automated processes, but rather gain in importance as their individual abilities find new relevance.

SHOP4CF OFFERINGS

support-program

An 8-month program in which selected experiments with receive the support of 20 partners who form the SHOP4CF consortium: a mix of research organizations, universities, industry partners and SMEs.

25 components, offered under a common architecture based on RAMI 4.0 and FIWARE Technologies, support humans in production activities and provide basic implementation blocks of human-centered manufacturing solutions.

Up to 100k equity free funding, technical and business support to SMEs, selected through several open calls.

Testing of SHOP4CF technologies in line with the real industry needs, facilitated by pilots at BOSCH, VW, Arcelik and Siemens.

A vibrant and growing community around the platform necessary to create the adoption critical mass and provide support.

Standardisation in the areas of collaborative robotics, AGVs and use of IoT devices on the shopfloor.

Architecture Summary

Architecture development should include both:

Components are already defined/existing and they should be taken under consideration while developing an architecture.

There should be a unified vision of how architecture should look like, and which technologies it will include for system development. This approach may be (to some extent) similar to architecture development performed in HORSE project. HORSE project is a complete example of an architecture development process with top-down approach, therefore can serve as an inspiration for SHOP4CF. Details on HORSE are available here:

 

Marketplace

Facilitated by a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), RAMP makes the automation value chain effective and connects manufacturing companies with providers of the optimal robotics solutions and vice versa.

 

Manufacturers gain access to robotics and digitization technologies to improve efficiency and productivity. Automation suppliers can reach their customers faster and access a larger market.

Available online apps for better manufacturing, such as:

 

  • Production Data Visualisation
  • Digitisation Audit
  • Logistics Improvement
  • Gain access to innovative digitization platforms regarding agile production, logistics automation and human-centered applications.

Corporate pilots

Pilots acting as testing facilities and seeds for adoption of the components. 4 large scale pilots lead by industrial leaders in Europe and 30 external pilots selected through 5 open calls

Partners

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