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Intelligent factory production identification system

Following implementation of this project, an intellectual production identification system will be developed and will enable factories to universally manage processes of conveyor component production and utilisation using ecological standards.

After implementation of this project, an intellectual production identification system will be developed and will enable factories to universally manage processes of conveyor component production, quality, warranty repair and utilisation in accordance with ecology WEEE (Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (amendment to WEEE Directive - Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances and their Utilisation) standards. In order to reach this goal, the first step to take is to conduct tests, carry out analyses, prepare modelling and projecting and develop the system itself. In 2005, the marketing department of the joint stock company 'INFORMACIJOS ALEJA' analysed the problems that electronic equipment production companies were facing. Two main conclusions were made after the study: 1. Most production companies used finance management (accounting) systems. 2. Most companies did not use automated production management systems. After the study, the conclusion reached is that the current situation is due to the fact that production management processes are different in each company and that it is very complicating to develop a unified universal production management system. The price of these type of systems is over 1,000,000 Litas in advanced countries and therefore they are not widely used in Eastern Europe. Companies usually record components of the production company, product serial numbers and their amounts using simple MS (Microsoft) Excel management programme tables, accumulate the archive of such files and dig for necessary information or make analyses using thousands of separate files. All production companies, with no exception, use finance management (accounting) software. This is obvious as there are strict accounting standards for company activities and there are a lot of quite inexpensive software programmes for performing these standard functions (stock, transfers, calculation of salaries, calculation of taxes, etc.). After drawing these conclusions, the main problem of electronic equipment production company automation was established - the companies that want to operate better and produce more, have no tools for full monitoring of stock, production, identification and ecology-friendly utilisation processes. Consideration of governmental institutions and communities as to the proper utilisation of the equipment is growing. The EUROPEAN UNION (EU) prepared the WEEE Directive (Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) under which it is required that electronic waste collection, processing and recycling systems be implemented in all EU countries. In all countries of the EU, national laws are being corrected to try and implement this Directive. Some European countries have had national WEEE type laws for several years, other countries are implementing the Directive at present, while other countries are to do this later on. All WEEE requirements are expected to be implemented in Europe by the end of 2007. An amendment to the RoHS Directive (Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances) amends the WEEE Directive and prohibits the use of specific hazardous substances in addition to guaranteeing their utilisation, if necessary. After analyses and generalisation of the study results, the authors of the EUREKA project formulated the main idea of the project for solving this problem: it is necessary to develop a universal production management and identification system that could operate using existing finance management systems. Whereas production is a complex process, it should be divided into smaller parts and in this way design detailed functioning of the future system. The developed product will have a place in most Eastern European countries, as the situation in terms of production is similar to the situation of Lithuanian production companies. Therefore, the best thing would be to implement this project as a basis in two partner countries first. After it is completely implemented, it can then be adapted to local languages and sold in all Eastern European or other countries where it has new clients. While implementing this project, much attention will be paid not only to its application but also to the scientific aspect, i.e. science and studies. The implementers of this project work with suppliers of multiplatform software TROLLTECH (NORWAY, www.trolltech.com) at SIAULIAI UNIVERSITY, where the latter supplied an unlimited amount of software licences for implementation of studies at SIAULIAI UNIVERSITY. Keywords: remote workplaces, auditing, accounting.
Acronym: 
EKO-FACTORY
Project ID: 
3 807
Start date: 
01-07-2006
Project Duration: 
29months
Project costs: 
390 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Knowledge Management, Process Management
Market Area: 
Electronics Related Equipment

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