In Industry 4.0, production ‘on demand’, massive personalisation, global competition and short lead times are standard. To enable companies to become familiar and experiment with new technologies, the Flemish government organises living labs. In the living lab Smart Connectivity, we demonstrate the benefits of smart connectivity for Industry 4.0. We also show how we can link processes and goods so as to achieve maximum efficiency.
Keywords within the Smart Connectivity project are high productivity, quality and efficiency. The project also benefits from the synergy with two other living lab projects, i.e. Smart Factories and Smart Productivity.
The project will perform research into the following technological innovations:
- Continuous wireless connectivity: using both static and mobile objects (AGVs, drones, a robot arm, products, goods...)
- Continuous location tracking: highly accurate (down to the last centimetre) ultra-wideband (UWB) localisation and sensor fusion.
- Object recognition: camera-based spatial orientation and inventory management.
Subsequently, we will use these innovations in targeted user cases. This includes:
- Inventory management;
- Automated inspections of process and product quality;
- Automated guided vehicles and drones;
- Wireless control loops;
- Autonomous robots and machines;
- Internal logistics.
We’re also working on a demo on the use of autonomous drones for warehouse inventory management and process inspection purposes. For this, we are building demonstration rooms in Gent en Leuven.
The demonstration of the different technologies should inspire companies to act and implement some of these technologies. This will allow them to:
- Continuously monitor their products and processes;
- Introduce mobile systems;
- Support their employees.