2nd International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications
S5: Factories of the Future
Dr. Dirk Lehmhus, ISIS Sensorial Materials Scientific Centre, University of Bremen, Germany and Dr. Thomas B. Messervey, CEO and Co-Founder, Research to Market Solution s.r.l., Italy
Today, production technology is going through a transformation toward increasingly autonomous manufacturing systems and environments. This change is sometimes seen as being fundamental enough to designate it as the fourth industrial revolution captured in the term “Industry 4.0” first coined in Germany, where mechanization, mass production and computerization are considered the three preceding landmark transformations.
In Industry 4.0, factories will increasingly decide autonomously on aspects like production process parameters, process sequences, production logistics etc. In order to be able to do so, these factories will need large amounts of data, from which the information needed in decision-making has to be derived without or with limited intervention of human beings. In parallel, new (or improved) manufacturing capabilities such as flexible manufacturing, mass customization and additive manufacturing bring new possibilities in terms of how products are made.
The present session invites papers to respond to the data driven demands of this next industrial revolution through the implementation of appropriate sensor systems through all phases of the product life-cycle. Results from ongoing or past European Factories of the Future projects and like research programs worldwide are welcome. Possible topics include:
- Development of new sensors for the monitoring of production processes
- Enabling KPI assessment and use via cost effective sensors and meters
- Application of sensor systems in production engineering on various levels, from the individual sensorized tool to heavily sensor-based, fully automated production systems and facilities
- Sensor data evaluation methods tailored for or transferred to applications in production engineering
- Workpiece-based monitoring of production processes, i.e. use of product-integrated sensors to provide feedback to production equipment
- Use of product-integrated sensors for feedback of life cycle data into the product (re) design phase to enable continuous improvement of products, including concrete examples of implementation of such feedback loops both on conceptual and realization level
Given this scope, the session has links to almost all sections of the conference, the common denominator being the fact that the presentations should target advanced manufacturing as application scenario.