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Goizper S. Coop (GOIZPER)

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GOIZPER is a Company of 160 employees, which was founded in 1959 has 2 very different established business lines (Industrial and Sprayer divisions) in which they are leaders and a world reference with respect to both innovation and product. The Industrial Division is specialized in engineering, designing, manufacturing and supplying power transmission components for metal forming machine tools like: clutches, brakes, cams and intermittent rotary units for different types of applications. Goizper is the first manufacturer of press brakes and clutches at a Spanish level and is on the top 3 worldwide. The turnover of the Industrial Division in 2013 was of 13 million Euros, of which 75% is due to the sales of brakes and clutches. Actually the exports, to the major industrialized countries (USA, Germany, Japan, Brazil, etc) represent the 70% of the turnover. Goizper has recently opened a delegation in China and Germany.

The strategy of the industrial division is focused on:

  • The development of new products and service, protecting the IPR to ensure a payback in a reasonable
    period of time.
  • The development of new strategies to optimise the production processes by:
    • Research on new materials and processes.
    • Development of more efficient and flexible new processes.
  • Improve the technological position in the market.

The main areas of development of the industrial division are:

  • Manufacturing mechanical pieces and assemblies.
  • Manufacturing pneumatic and hydraulic combined clutch and brakes.
  • Manufacturing electromagnetic brakes and small plates.
  • Manufacturing all type of indexers.
  • New flexible Manufacturing methodologies.
  • New service pack.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

The technologies used in the design, manufacturing and service of power transmission components where GOIZPER has deep knowledge are focused in:

  • Precision engineering
  • Friction behavior (friction coefficient and wear in different running conditions).
  • Clutch-brake behavior in different running conditions.
  • Hydraulic technology.
  • High precision machining technologies.
  • Computer simulation and applied.
  • Test bench and clutch-brake sensing.

A common characteristic of these businesses is the ability to integrate all these technologies applied for development power transmission devices. GOIZPER for the development of MANTIS project will use all this knowledge. The combined clutch-brake is a very critical part in metal forming machines, is the part to be safety the machine, braking in very short time (brake side) and transmit all motor torque for forming (clutch side). Due to is very important control the correct performance of the clutch-brake unit. Until now the control of the good performance is done mixing direct and indirect measurements like: application pressure, response time, oil temperature, vibrations, etc. But most critical parameter to be controlled is the wear of friction pack in the clutch side (dynamic part) and until now this value is calculated by indirect way. For improve the sensing feedback GOIZPER is going to develop a wireless sensing system (wear and temperature) and operational unit for get in real time the performance of the clutch and brake.

Role in the project:

The main work that will be performed by GOIZPER in MANTIS project will be to propose and drive a total current and real use case from the point of view of critical part in power transmission (clutch-brake) in metal forming installations. GOIZPER will provide knowledge in the design, manufacture and maintenance of clutch-brake for forming installations and maintenance management of these power transmission components. Mainly GOIZPER will be involved in the WP7 (Demonstration and validation in Press machine maintenance), where will be defined, will be implemented and will be validated a real use case, doing it firstly in the test bench at real scale. GOIZPER will provide knowledge in current systems or methods of maintenance management of clutch and brake components (main critical part in the mechanical press machines). Moreover also work in WP3 (Smart sensing and data acquisition technologies) and WP4 (Analysis and decision making functionalities)

Fagor Arrasate S. Coop. (FARR)

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FAGOR ARRASATE is a Company of 800 employees specialized in design, manufacturing and supplying sheet metal forming machine tools. FAGOR ARRASATE was created in 1957 and, since then, has expanded its products and business in an extraordinary significant manner, being now one of the world leaders in the field. It is one of the 5 biggest manufacturers in terms of turnover and the first one considering the product’s portfolio. The Company is located in the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, very closed to the French border in the most industrialized area of the country and surrounded by a traditionally metallurgical and exporting environment. It is a world leader in the design and manufacture of mechanical and hydraulic presses, complete stamping systems, transfer presses, robotised press lines, press hardening, forging; Cutto-Length, Slitting, Combi and multiblanking lines; Processing lines as pickling lines, skin passes, reversible mills, painting, galvanizing or tension levelling lines; special metal part forming systems, strip roll forming, flexible roll forming, rotor/stator cutting equipment, dies and many other types of equipment. FAGOR ARRASATE serves to numerous sectors specially the car industry, the domestic appliances industry, the Steel Industry and Service Centres. For FAGOR ARRASATE a key goal is the constant collaboration with its customers, so there is a close and continuous presence in order to give solutions for any process with the most adequate technology

Relevant Expertise for the project:

FAGOR ARRASATE has deep knowledge of several technologies used in the construction of mechanical presses due to the diversity of products and applications such as physics of elastic-plastic deformation, precision engineering, digital electronics, control electronics and servo control, computer simulation, hydraulic servo- hydraulic and hydro-pneumatic or engine technology. A common feature these businesses is the ability to integrate all these technologies. On the other side, forming facilities have a high level of automation and sensing so FAGOR ARRASATE has extensive experience in collecting values of critical parameters from processes and machines. Brake-clutch wear level, effort level on the press structure gathered in columns or oil temperature level in caps are examples of these catches. Also, with autonomous acquisition equipment, periodically and when a problem arises in an installation, stress measurements are made on sensitive elements of the structure, parallelism is measured with LVDTs, carriage speeds with accelerometers, etc. Finally, FAGOR ARRASATE also has expertise to create computational algorithms which simulate several kinds of behaviours. A remarkable example is the last algorithm developed to optimise the path of part transfer elements in a transfer press.

Role in the project:

The main work that will be performed by FAGOR ARRASATE in MANTIS project will be to propose and lead a total current and real use case from the point of view of component manufacturers in the automotive sector. FAGOR ARRASATE will provide knowledge in the design, manufacture and maintenance of forming installations and maintenance management of countless multi-client and multi-location installations. Therefore, FAGOR ARRASATE will lead the Press Machine Maintenance use-case where a real use case of his business will be defined, implemented and validated. FAGOR ARRASATE will provide knowledge in current systems or methods of maintenance management for metalforming installations as well as machine data acquisition systems.

Fundación TEKNIKER (TEKNIKER)

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TEKNIKER is a technological centre and legally constituted as a private not-for-profit Foundation, whose patrons and members of the board mainly come from industry. It is currently part of the IK4 Research Alliance. TEKNIKER likes to define itself as a Mechatronics, Manufacturing Technologies and microtechnologies centre. In commonly adopted terminology, TEKNIKER is a manufacturing or industrial production and design centre. It mainly specialises in designing consumer and industrial products, solving problems relating to friction, wear and lubrication, incorporating information technologies and communications in the plant, and in high precision, miniaturisation and micro/nanotechnologies. Specifically, in the manufacturing domain, TEKNIKER works on areas like Product and Process Development, Production Management, Integrated Plant Management and Manufacturing Systems where advanced technologies are applied with experience in research and development of solutions for production organisation and management. The unit of Intelligent Information Systems is a multidisciplinary team (physics, chemistry, informatics and engineering) working mainly for reliability and maintenance optimisation of systems. The unit is focused on using hardware and software technologies for the modelling and automation of supervision systems for diagnostics, prognostics and decision support in process and asset management. This involves the modelling of systems flowing physical characteristics, trends and condition parameters, data patterns and/or existing expertise. Technologies include diverse artificial intelligence and statistics (i.e. chemometrics) techniques and tools for flexible modelling, uncertainty handling and inclusion of self-learning abilities, visual analytics, automation of solutions, as well as e-maintenance solutions and strategies.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

Tekniker has extensive experience incorporating ICT technologies (sensors, diagnostics, prognostics, decision support) in industrial settings. Recent EC financed projects include, among others: DYNAMITE, where Tekniker contributed mainly in the area of ICT technology for e-maintenance and in sensor development; TATEM, where Tekniker mainly worked on diagnostic and prognostic technologies; POWER-OM coordinated by Tekniker and dealing with power-consumption driven health assessment of machine tools; T-REX coordinated by Tekniker and dealing with innovative strategies for lifecycle extension in manufacturing systems. Tekniker plays an active role in National and European Technology Platforms (ECSEL, ARTEMIS, EPoSS, NESSI,. . . ).We are also members and proactive collaborators of the U.S.A. Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS), Operations and Maintenance Information Open System Alliance (MIMOSA) and European Safety, Reliability & Data Association (ESReDA).

Role in the project:

Tekniker contribution is centred on data analysis and decision making on cloud systems. Additional contributions include visual means supporting analytics in HMI, platform architecture and participation in national validation scenario development activities. Tekniker will participate in: WP1, WP2, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7 and WP8.

Ikerlan S. Coop. (IKERLAN)

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IKERLAN is a Spanish private not-for-profit Technology Centre created in 1974, member of IK4 Alliance and a technological R&D actor within the Mondragon Corporation. IKERLAN is a point of reference for innovation, dedicated to advanced technology transfer to industry and comprehensive product development (from concept to implementation) for a wide variety of domains: transportation (railway and vertical), automation, industrial, medical, home appliances, etc. IKERLAN works closely with companies to improve their competitiveness, through the application of technological knowledge to develop innovative products and, on the other hand, new tools and methodologies for implementation in design and production processes. It has a staff of more than 200 qualified researchers and engineers, with experience in interdisciplinary work and capable of tackling complex problems. As a centre of excellence in the transfer of technology, more than 800 R&D projects were completed so far in cooperation with companies developing new products and implementing customised systems in design and manufacturing processes.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

IKERLAN will contribute to MANTIS project with experts from 4 research groups:

  • The Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Group (AMT), which is formed by 14 people with extensive experience in participation in EU, national and regional research projects, has knowledge in MANTIS related domains such as Business Processes Modeling, Simulation Models, Decision Support
    Systems (DSS) and Manufacturing and Logistics Planning. Another important competence brought to the project is a deep knowledge of problems related to companies networks both when they form a supply chain (FP 7 REMPLANET) and when they share resources (FP 6 ECOLEAD). In this sense, AMT provides models, methodologies and tools for a comprehensive and collaborative Supply Network Analysis and Design which will be strengthened through participation in the H2020-FoF-2014-1 C2NET Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks project that has just been accepted by the EC.
  • The Software Production Technologies Group (SPT), with 12 people forming the research group, is involved in several running EU projects: FP7 MultiPARTES (as coordinator), FP7 MONDO and FP7 DREAMS. SPT provides an extensive set of competences directly related to the domain of MANTIS such as the use of novel techniques, tools and languages for applying IoT in industrial domains (SCADA systems). Also, SPT has a wide experience in smart data acquisition, stream, integration and monitoring including data analytics and modeling applying advanced techniques for data processing such as CEP. BigData techniques and Cloud-based solutions for analysis and prediction in industrial domains with particular focus on Maintenance and Advanced Manufacturing operations are also used. This expertise will be reinforced through participation in the H2020-FoF-2014-1 CREMA Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing project recently accepted by the EC.
  • The Sensors Group experience lies mainly in the development of ad-hoc sensors (wireless sensors, electrochemical sensors for bio-detection modules, SAW sensors, electro-active sensors for pressure sensing, Fiber Bragg Grating sensors), data processing and system integration (smart functions), for their application in products, automated inspection and product and process monitoring. This knowledge has been applied to the development of products in a close relationship with the final clients (Wind turbines, Railway Platforms).
  • The Embedded Systems (ES) research line, which has been active in ARTEMIS, ECOISE and EPOSS, has a track record of proven national / international R&D projects and projects under contract from different companies that have required to add connectivity and embedded intelligence in their new product developments. During the last years, one of the main research topics in the Communications Area has been Reliable Wireless Communications for Industrial Environments, very relevant for MANTIS and which includes the following research and skills: Wireless channel measurement campaigns in industrial environments for ISM bands (also licensed bands); Wireless channel modeling based on the measured data analysis; and Reliable, Dependable, Real Time and Secure Wireless and industrial communication solutions (i.e. Industrial Ethernet, EtherCat, TTEthernet, Industrial Wireless).

Role in the project:

IKERLAN main contribution to MANTIS will be in WP3 (Smart sensing and data acquisition technologies), WP4 (Analysis and decision making functionalities) and in the Press machine maintenance use case. In relation to the WP3, the IKERLAN’s Sensors and Communications teams will contribute to the project participating in modeling processes for use cases (Task 3.1), sensor selection (Task 3.2), developing required sensing elements (Task 3.3), designing their intelligent functions (task 3.4) and leading the activity concerning communications for harsh environments (Task 3.6).

Likewise, IKERLAN will contribute to WP 4 applying its wide experience in projects where data collection, monitoring, data analysis and design and development of optimisation algorithms focusing its work in the integration of different information sources (Task 4.1), analysis of root cause failures in assets (Task 4.2) and in the identification of assets remaining useful life and assets wear out prediction (Task 4.3). IKERLAN will apply its experience gathered from many technology transfer projects to industrial companies in order to define MANTIS user scenarios requirements (WP 1 – Task 1.2) that meet real companies’ needs and, specifically, those related to the use case 1.3 Press machine maintenance. Also, they will be actively involved in the definition of MANTIS Service Platform both in the platform requirements (WP 1 – Task 1.3) and in the platform architecture development (WP 2 – Task 2.1 and Task 2.2).

Furthermore, IKERLAN will participate in the HMI design and development (WP 5) to include the use case 1.3 Press machine maintenance requirements for defining the HMI scenarios interaction and will be fully involved in demonstration and validation activities (WP 7) of MANTIS developments made in research WPs participating actively in the use-case 1.3: Press machine maintenance belonging to the Task 7.1 Production asset maintenance. Finally, it will participate in WP 8 performing communication and dissemination activities such as papers, conference presentations, preparation of outreach materials, etc. (Task 8.1) and in all exploitation activities (Task 8.2) as in Task 9.2 and Tasks 9.3 related to project management activities.

Mondragon Corporación Cooperativa S. Coop. (MCC)

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MONDRAGON Corporacion Cooperativa S. Coop. (MCC) is an SME that represents the headquarters of the big holding group MONDRAGON Corporation. One of its main roles is the management of innovation and technology and the promotion of new technology based companies, services and businesses opportunities.
MCC is one of the biggest Spanish business groups, with more than 83,000 workers, revenues above e15bn and 281 independent companies and co-operatives, it is one of the leading reference points in terms of the co-operative movement worldwide. Present in the industrial, financial and retail sectors, it also pursues important initiatives in the fields of knowledge, education, training and entrepreneurship (Mondragon Corporation has its own Promotion Center/incubator for launching new companies). MCC has a network of 14 technology centres dealing with complementary and industry oriented areas of activity, conforming a team of 822 people dedicated exclusively to R&D deeply involved in several projects of the EU Framework Programs. MCC is a competitive and successful business project, which has become a benchmark worldwide in terms of social responsiveness, work based on co-operation and entrepreneurship.

It is also a model in which people play a true leading role in the company and in which commitment, social responsibility, participation and transparency form part of its co-operative DNA. MONDRAGON has its own university (Mondragon Unibertsitatea) that plays a key role in the preparation of new engineers on the most advanced technologies for the industrial companies and at the same time facilitates the transfer of research results to the industries.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

MCC has large expertise on defining and identifying business strategies and exploitation procedures having developed an exhaustive methodology to track key factors along the different business creation stages, creating value-chain co-operation and bringing technologies to the market.

Role in the project:

MCC will focus its activity in the active coordination and management of exploitation strategies and the business cases development. This exploitation activity will be made along with the partners responsible of the industrial scenarios defined in MANTIS. MCC will also define the business models affordable by the different value chains actors and companies present in MANTIS and contributing to achieve project’s goals. The design of the new business models will take into account aspects of value proposition, interface with the end-users, servisitation (product+services) associated to predictive maintenance, infrastructures, and profit equation, taken into account the point of view derived from stakeholders of the complex business ecosystem.

Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa S. Coop (MGEP)

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The Faculty of Engineering of Mondragon Unibertsitatea (MGEP) is an independent university, internally organised as mixed cooperative, non profit organisation, and with a public service vocation. Their main activities are formation, research and technological transfer to companies and other public or private entities. The Schools or faculties of Mondragon University had been the origin of the denominated co-operative movement of Mondragon, grouped together around the Mondragon Corporation, which represents at present the leading industrial private group of Spain.
Regarding the research team that will participate in the project, the embedded system research group has knowledge in many areas including distributed systems, telematics and security, theory of signal and communications and software engineering applied to embedded system development. We also have an extensive experience in applying our research within these areas in SME companies, most of them in the Manufacturing sector. The embedded system research group is recognised by the Basque Government as an excellent research group.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

Mondragon University has large expertise on signal processing algorithms for communications, embedded system development, application of data analysis and mining algorithms, wireless communications, model based monitoring as well as wireless sensor design. Mondragon University develops industry-funded projects related to the design, implementation and integration of communication systems and signal processing algorithms. It has experience in providing industrial partners intelligent decision making mechanisms.

Role in the project:

Mondragon University University will be the leader of the project and will be involved in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP7 and WP8 and lead WP9.

Kick-off meeting of the MANTIS project

The first MANTIS project meeting tool place in San Sebastian the 3rd of June 2015. The meeting was organized by the coordinator partner, Mondragon University, and 64 participants took place.

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First picture of the MANTIS project kick-off meeting attendees

We discussed the organizational structures, shared information on project management, the tools that will be used for managing all aspects of the project, as well as constitution of the decision bodies (General Assembly, Executive Board and External Advisory Board).

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MANTIS kick-off meeting agenda

The second day the meeting was split in 4 different Working groups, which corresponded to Requirements gathering, Architecture development, Sensors and Intelligent systems to be used in the MANTIS proactive maintenance platform.