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Know4Car

Know4Car
contact:

Dipl.-Inform. Jan Siebel

project group:

WG 1: Process Engineering

funding:

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF

startdate:

01.09.2011

enddate:

31.08.2015

An Internet-based Collaborative Platform for Managing Manufacturing Knowledge

Know4Car

  Es ist nicht genug zu wissen, man muss auch anwenden.
Knowing is not enough, we must also apply the knowledge.
Goethe – 1809

Challenges

Current digital manufacturing ICT platforms have provided a series of useful tools, including CAx, PDM and PLM systems, to support engineers in a series of activities, allowing them to communicate as well as to design and validate the manufacturing processes in a collaborative fashion. However, they still have a long way to go for effectively addressing engineering knowledge management issues:

  • Today’s ERP systems are often detached from the engineering knowledge they are associated with, while PLM systems provide no link to actual performance indicators, such as cost, time, and quality parameters.
  • Knowledge is often dispersed over many stakeholders and many IT systems.
  • There is still a significant absence of robust tools for automatic knowledge capturing as well as for systematic reuse of knowledge, especially in the area of engineering.
  • Current User Interfaces (UI) are often to complex and require much effort to follow and use effectively either in the shop floor or in the engineering office.
  • A large part of the revisions and the process iterations during the product and process development could be avoided with the use of new IT tools taking advantage of existing knowledge and experience.
     

 Objectives

The Know4Car project will address the following objectives:

More efficient knowledge management and collaboration, throughout the process lifecycle, supporting the capture and systematic organization, in the form of manufacturing templates, of knowledge across different stakeholders:

  • Systematic analysis of shop floor data for process and product design specifications.
  • Automatic extraction and representation of knowledge from history of design changes, focusing on the process design and operation sequences.

Revolutionize the UI context in the engineering office and the shop floor, addressing the needs of blue-collar workers and engineers with particular emphasis on training activities:
  • Faster, easier, error-free UI for data entry / checking in the shop floor.
  • Intuitive UI for instantaneous knowledge retrieval from workers and engineers.
  • Serious games options for training and design purposes, such as intuitive design involving shop floor workers.

Ultimately, Know4Car aims at delivering a state-of-the-art web-based ICT platform for managing manufacturing knowledge, comprising the following key characteristics:
  • Web-based “Engineering Desktop” for agent-based collaborative design (using cross-platform runtime environments and cloud computing solutions) throughout the value chain, using Production Performance Indicators (PPIs) and manufacturing templates;
  • Faster, easier, guided UI for blue collar workers and engineers.

Know4Car

The Know4Car Agent-based Process Design Collaboration Platform

 Project Coordinator

Dr. Nikos Papakostas
Project Manager
 
LABORATORY FOR MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS and AUTOMATION (LMS)
Director:  Professor George Chryssolouris
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics
University of Patras
Patras 26500, GREECE
Tel.: +30-2610-997262
Mobile: +30-6937-045682
Fax:  +30-2610-997744
http://www.lms.mech.upatras.gr/

 

Consortium

 

 Volvo Volvo Technology AB www.volvo.com                              
  SAP AG www.sap.com  
 LMS University of Patras www.lms.mech.upatras.gr  
CRF  Centro Richerche Fiat S.C.p.A www.crf.it  
 KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology www.kit.edu  
 Tecnalia Fundaction Tecnalia www.tecnalia.com  
 PDTec PDTec AG www.pdtec.de  
 IA Innovazione Automotive e Metalmeccanica www.innovazioneautomotive.eu  
 Chalmers Chalmers University www.chalmers.se  
 EDAG EDAG GmbH www.edag.de  
 Bazigos Bazigos S.A www.bazigosmolds.com