Novel intelligent system for handling plastic parts by icts strategies, robotics and material science

Biotic4.0 will pursuit to obtain a complete, intelligent, autonomous and low cost control system (prototype) to be installed in injection moulding machines that will be able to discretize the production (lots and parts) and differentiate valid/not valid part(inspection) among other functionalities.

A project of cooperation between the Spanish company THERMOLYMPIC and the Chilean company PROAPSIS is proposed.The main objective of this project is the development of a novel and advanced intelligent system for the manipulation of plastic parts that allows evaluation of its quality parameters as well as the management of production through a bionic hand of extraction and weighing, an artificial vision system, a 2.0 logistic work environment and in the framework of industry 4.0. The scope: a prototype cell implanted in THERMOLYMPIC and a demonstrator in PROAPSIS. In addition, this system will have integrated a 2.0 logical interface allowing a working man-machine environment, and a system of data capture BIGDATA, which will connect with the company's BMS management system and the cloud allowing a real-time control of the state productive and quality state through Industry 4.0. Finally, this bionic hand will be made with advanced plastic materials and 3D printing technologies, giving it added value by providing functionality (conductive areas that transmit pulses, or conductive zones eliminating internal wiring) and also be able to provide greater strength, lower weight. For the development of this project, it is considered the collaboration (as subcontractor) of the AITIIP Technology Centre (in Spain), expert in the development of advanced plastic materials, in plastic transformation systems (Additive Manufaturing-3D Printing) and in robotization and mechatronics that will support companies in achieving this project. Other expert institutions like Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico de la Universidad de Concepción (Chile), may be considered to provide some technical support in specific areas like plastic components characterization or plastic material optimization, among others. This project is separated into two clearly differentiated blocks: First block: •Functionalized plastic material •Bionic hand weighing system •A manufacturing strategy for additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing) • The logical interface 2.0 • The elements/data for Bigdata storage system• Communication with the BMS, data management, industry environment 4.0 will be defined. • Strategy for Cartesian robot • Finally, obtaining of a prototype. Second block: • The criteria for validation of good part by the artificial vision. • Part positioning • Communication interface between the robot, bionic hand and artificial vision • Communication with a data management system (BMS)• Validation of complete system• Adaptations for the change of a Cartesian robot to an anthropomorphic robot to implant the bionic hand. Planned objectives: 1) Obtaining knowledge in functionalized plastic materials. 2) Development of a part weighing system in hand. 3) Obtaining an intermediate prototype of the functional bionic hand. 4) Achieve a quality control process that verifies 100% of the piece without involving an extra post-process. 5) A new system placed in a work and communication man-machine environment interface 2.0. 6) Gain knowledge about the capabilities and benefits of the industry environment 4.0. 7) To have a system of data collection and processing that allows a control of the processes in real time in the framework of the industry 4.0. 8) Obtaining a demonstrator of the part extraction and validation system, in a working environment 2.0 interface with data captured under umbrella of the industry 4.0. The project will be performed through 6 milestones (please see section 2.2.2 of this document) that will cover from development of the bionic hand to validation of the overall system. In total, 41 tasks have been defined. The project needs the involvement of THERMOLYMPIC (coordinator) and PROAPSIS (partner). This need is focused on: By one hand, THERMOLYMPIC has a wide experience in the characterisation of a real production environment and its implications for: robot movements, work flows, plastic part characterisation and digitalisation, key imputs and outputs of the manufacturing (including parts, injection moulding machines, plastic materials, additives, etc.), quality management in real time, constant improvement (devices and technologies), global management by using an ERP system, etc. However, the Spanish company does not have knowledge and experience in the most intrinsic concepts of software engineering such as communication protocols, codification languages, interfaces developments, etc. On the other hand, PROAPSIS does not have knowledge in workshops for serial production of plastic parts (injection moulding among others) or auxiliar manufacturing processes. However, the Chilean company is expert in monitorisation and controlling processes by robotics, operation model integration, software interface development, communication protocols, data exchange, Cloud Computing, etc. In definitive, both entities need the involvement of the other partner in order to reach the proposed goals.
Project ID: 
11 239
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Project costs: 
1 020 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Process control and logistics
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