new research project NaLoSysPro kicks off
Innovative communication and localization solutions for Industry 4.0
Neubiberg (Germany), March 30, 2015 – A consortium of private companies, universities and research institutes has joined forces to develop a communication and localization technology optimized for Industry 4.0 production systems. Referred to as NaLoSysPro, the €5.4 million, three-year project is being partially funded through a €4 million grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF.
The project partners include Symeo GmbH, IMST GmbH, DEPRAG SCHULZ GmbH, GloMic GmbH, eesy-ic GmbH, Fraunhofer IZM, Friedrich-Alexander University Nürnberg, Technical University Berlin and the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute, which is part of the Leibniz-Institute for Radio Frequency Technology. The objective of the NaLoSysPro project is to create an innovative Industry 4.0 communication and localization solution that enables production components and machines to communicate locally with one another while allowing the precise localization of industrial objects such as vehicles. The aim is to combine radio-based positioning, microsystems technology and an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design into a single system that uses a common infrastructure, thus providing a transition to a uniform solution that addresses the needs of Industry 4.0.
Intelligent, flexible communication and localization technology with a common infrastructure
Because of their dimensions, today's communication and localization solutions cannot be integrated directly into existing production systems or they have to rely on different types of infrastructures (centralized/decentralized). For this reason the project team is focusing on the development of a miniaturized system that uses a common infrastructure. A key component is the use of modular, high-performance electronic localization systems that rely on state-of-the-art assembly and connection technologies such as 3D integration. In addition, the concept involves the use of new ASICs to create a universal sensor platform that can be utilized for different industrial applications with minimal modifications.
The innovative communication and localization system will be tested on a demonstrator for the assembly of loose production components. At an industry-typical manual workstation, the assembly control platform and the short-range localization system will be connected to an information system that is designed to guide the worker during the assembly. Apart from being able to call up the assembly process data for the machine controls and documenting successful assembly for quality assurance purposes, the system will also visualize the target data in advance for the operator.
Other important areas of research in the project include flexible wireless protocols, improved localization accuracy and optimized self-configuring systems. The results of the research will be tested and evaluated using industrial applications. The project is slated for completion in 2018.
About Symeo GmbH
With its LPR® products, Symeo offers a wireless-based, real-time-capable measurement system that is ideally suited for industrial applications. Symeo has several years of experience in the development of cost-effective, customer-specific industrial solutions on the basis of LPR® and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo) positioning technology.
The company delivers standardized products and complete solutions to system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end customers worldwide.
Image source: Lehrstuhl FAPS and DEPRAG SCHULZ GmbH & Co.
Industry 4.0 is expected to increase the demand for IT and localization technologies in production systems.
Image source: Fraunhofer IZM
Among other issues, the NaLoSysPro consortium is conducting research into a universal "system-in-package" sensor platform that can act as a common communication and localization technology for production environments.