SHOP4CF stands for Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories and is...
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SHOP4CF, Smart Human Oriented Platform for Connected Factories, aims to find the right balance between cost-effective automation, repetitive tasks and involve the human workers in areas such as adaptability, creativity and agility where they create the biggest added value. Also to pursue the highly-connected factory model to reap the benefits of all the data generated within the factory.
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.
Facilitated by a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), RAMP, the Robotics and Automation MarketPlace, makes the automation value chain effective and connects manufacturing companies with providers of the optimal robotics solutions and vice versa.
30 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 5 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 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:
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:
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
Product-specific static equilibrium point correction and Technical Support through AR/VR, Big Data and Digital Twins technologies.
Upfront challenges faced by the assembly workers and engineers
Improve automatic data acquisition, storage,
traceability with user-friendly interfaces and human safety
Support its workers and to reduce the error rate
Five open calls are foreseen in SHOP4CF. Three calls for pilot establishment; First pilot extension call – answering the additional needs of the original pilots and the new ones deployed in the first pilot establishment call and Second pilot extension call – answering the additional needs of the original pilots and the new ones deployed in the first and the second pilot establishment call.
A: The scope of the call is limited to applications in manufacturing/on the shopfloor. If the idea is to use the components for a robot that is not on the shopfloor but in the field, the application is not eligible
A: No, since production lines are needed where the TRL will be increased from existing 3-6 to higher. The lab conditions at the University will not allow this
A: Yes, as long as they do not apply for a grant with the exact same pilot
A: Access to RAMP is not yet fully open to the public. However, you can use the following credentials to test the platform:
A: No, it is not. It is and additional service the SHOP4CF consortium offers to the applicants for checking if the proposed work is in line with the call scope. Pre-proposal submission and evaluation do not have any influence on the evaluation of the full proposal
A: Yes, since the scope of the call is to implement the proposed pilot at the production side of the manufacturing company, one of the partners
A: No, it is not mandatory to be from two different countries, the partners can be from the same country. However, the partners of the applying teams must be established in the EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries (details can be found here)
A: Yes. However, one of the partners must be an SME. You can see the SME definition provided by European commission here: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition_en
A: The marketplace is intended to include every single component that has been developed within SHOP4CF. Hence, every newly developed component in the open call must be part of the marketplace and must implement the reference architecture. Note that the components do not necessarily have to be freeware but can also use a licensing model for commercial purposes
A: As long as the use case is applied in a manufacturing environment, the company is able to get granted in the open calls
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