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The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) (www.cvut.cz) was founded in 1707 and is one of the oldest technical universities in Europe and currently the major technical university in the Czech Republic. Offering high quality education and a long tradition of cutting-edge science and engineering, CTU counts approx. 1.7K members of academic staff, 18.5K students, 8 faculties, and 5 institutes.
The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU) (www.ciirc.cvut.cz) was founded in 2013 and is the youngest CTU’s institutes, starting its full operation in newly built facility just in 2017. The CIIRC CTU’s research focuses on four basic pillars: industry, energy, smart cities, and healthy society, all implemented in basic and applied research. Currently, the institute has nearly 300 employees working in 8 research departments complemented by four specialized centers such as Testbed for Industry 4.0 and RICAIP Centre - Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production (www.ricaip.eu). CIIRC CTU aims to concentrate on cutting-edge research in the fields of computer science, robotics, cybernetics, artificial intelligence and related areas, especially machine learning, optimization, automated reasoning, machine perception, computer vision, intelligent, distributed and complex systems, automatic control, computer-aided manufacturing, energy transport, smart homes and smart cities, bioinformatics, biomedicine, and assistive technologies.
CIIRC CTU aims to become a leading European centre for artificial intelligence. As a founding partner and coordinator of RICAIP, one of the largest recent EU projects in the field of AI and Industry 4.0, CIIRC CTU has become a mover both in the Czech and international ecosystem for AI. The European RICAIP Centre of excellence being built together with German partners will become an international hub for Industry 4.0, esp. for multi-site industrial production and multi-site production system development specialized in AI and industrial robotics. RICAIP will virtually connect the testbed facilities in the Czech Republic (CIIRC CTU in Prague, CEITEC BUT in Brno) and Germany (DFKI and ZeMA in Saarbrücken) and integrate them into a new Czech-German research infrastructure in advanced distributed industrial production. Testbed for Industry 4.0 as an integral part of the RICAIP is the core asset for further exploitation of the results of multiple research projects.
CIIRC CTU creates a unique ecosystem of academic-industrial cooperation in which it uses diversified forms of project financing from national, European and private sources. The institute has also gained a broad industrial experience from providing research, development, and training services, and customized solutions to both local and international industrial partners, including Airbus, Rockwell Automation, Škoda Auto, Volkswagen, FORD, RWE GasNet, Eaton, and others. CIIRC CTU is the coordinator of the National Centre for Industry 4.0 (NCI40) enabling transfer of knowledge to industry and vice-versa. Through the NCI40 platform, the exploitation assessments for industrial partners and SMEs can be organized to showcase advanced applications in relevant industrial environments. NCI40 contributes to the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the Czech Republic with focus on small and medium size companies, educates about the Industry 4.0 and Society 4.0 concepts, and provides information about technological solutions and impacts of technological advancement on economy and society.
Particular tasks and services provided by NCI40:
- Creating opportunities and enhancing the environment to support close cooperation between academia, industry, public authorities, and other manufacturing stakeholders by exchange of experience and best practices.
- Support for digitization of companies and public administration, professional consultations and advice in the field.
- Analysis of digital maturity of the companies.
- Conferences, workshops and events on Industry 4.0 with links to international networking.
- Supporting education, training, and knowledge exchange in the area of Industry 4.0.
- Supporting know-how transfer into industry, search for innovative opportunities
- Creating a suitable environment to assist the Czech research and industrial sectors in joining the European infrastructure for advanced industrial production.
The undeniable advantage is that NCI40 has established direct and strong links to its partners as listed above that act as influencers, policymakers, and stakeholders in their domains and thus create a powerful base for cooperation and impact within their area of business.
CIIRC CTU is also a full member of EIT Manufacturing and is also involved in a project of EIT Digital. The Institute is involved in most prominent European networks on AI, namely CLAIRE (https://claire-ai.org) and ELLIS (https://ellis.eu/). Since the opening of CLAIRE Prague Office at CIIRC CTU and gaining the recognition as the ELLIS Unit in 2019, the cooperation between CIIRC CTU and these networks has been intensified and resulted in submission of several project proposals. Therefore, CIIRC CTU are involved in three out of five main H2020 projects on European AI networks of specialized excellence centres (ICT-48 Call). Moreover, CIIRC CTU and CLAIRE will coordinate synergies between these networks and thus will jointly create a European ecosystem of artificial intelligence in upcoming years.
CIIRC CTU was enrolled into AI DIH initiative (https://ai-dih-network.eu/) as one of the European AI Digital Innovation Hubs. The DIH project helps modelling a cross-border cooperation blueprint for DIHs and supports the creation of a network of DIHs allowing the transfer of technical knowledge and the development of an integration and cooperation plan between hub/networks with DIHs and stakeholders at the EU level. The cooperation with DIHs will also continue under DIH-world project (2020-2023), which aims at providing DIHs access to harmonized tools, well proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment.
The Testbed for Industry 4.0 at CIIRC CTU as an integral part of the European Centre of Excellence RICAIP (Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production) as a research and experimental workplace is the core asset for the exploitation of results of multiple research projects. The main objective of RICAIP is to build a unique research facility for the development and testing of innovative solutions for advanced and fully integrated industrial production and processes for smart factories.
The basis of Testbed is a flexible production line for concurrent production of several product types in a series of variants. It combines different technologies as additive manufacturing, machining, robotic manipulation, intelligent conveyor systems, human-robot cooperation, automated warehousing and others. Thanks to the flexible interconnection of universal production tools and a sophisticated control system, the same resources can be used to execute different operations, which are scheduled optimally as needed. Testbed comprehends technologies for manipulation and logistics (Kuka robot, 6-axis industrial robot, Montrac conveyor), production cell for machining (multifunctional tooling machine), workplace for human-robot cooperation (robots for handling and machining and for working with humans – Kuka robot, mobile wheeled robots, and collaborative industrial manipulator) and control system for Testbed (Siemens Simatic control system, Profinet communication system). There are also two 3D printers, one for printing from plastic, second for printing metal parts. The current infrastructure lay grounds for the state-of-the-art research motivated by the key areas identified within the Industry 4.0 concept.
The Testbed for Industry 4.0 is based on a multi-agent platform for distributed manufacturing systems. The multi-agent functionality serves in the scope of the local Testbed of CIIRC CTU but is capable to be extended to other lines and testbeds, utilizing the common data, digital and security platform layers.
A planner for flexible manufacturing serving as a tool that combines manufacturing and internal-logistics operations. The planner can be work in a central manner as a means for planning/ coordinating operations of several machines/ units, but also in a distributed manner utilizing the multi-agent platform for negotiating the task and capacity distribution among related resources.
Particularly, these technologies contain a reconfigurable assembly line with 4 robotic stations, where automatic assembly of products composed of parts delivered with a flexible conveying system can be done. The conveying system contains loading and unloading stations for the interaction with the environment and a camera for the recognition of the parts.
A simulation model of the production in Tecnomatix Process Simulate was created to test the production plan and other scenarios before the actual production is started. Testbed also contains a separate room with individual machining devices (machining robot, hybrid machining device for additive and subtractive manufacturing) and with 3D printers of industrial grade. Manufacturing execution system (in-house developed) connected a customer portal and automatic planner of operations to perform flexible production of simple cars.
List of Testbed for Industry 4.0 modules:
- Automatic warehouse: Autonomous carts; System for optimizing the distribution of parts and distribution of parts to production resources.
- Mobile robots: Two mobile collaborative robots designed to transport parts between production resources and to collaborate with humans; FleetManager system – management of autonomous vehicles from the warehouse.
- CP Factory: Separate production line with specific modules such as robotic assembly, pressing, drilling, optical inspection, mobile robot, etc. Separate control system and a superior MES production control system.
- Workplace for robotic vision: A group of three robots interconnected by conveyors for the realization of complexrobotic vision solutions with different types of cameras focusing on different types of tasks such as bin picking, optical quality control of parts, optical quality control of assembly etc.
- Flexible production line: New automatic screwdriver and continuous diagnostics and quality monitoring systems. Connection to superior production control systems (MES) (both internal research and commercial). Various modules such as automatic planning of production operations, distributed machine control (multi-agent approach).
- Independent robotic workplaces: Robotic 3D printing; Laser marking; Environment for future research (e.g. bin picking); Precise control from force feedback etc.
Selection of particular equipment:
- Models for the laboratory of automatic control
- 3D SW tool for creating virtual city model
- Motion Capture System. SW Canoe
- Collaborative manipulating robotic arm incl. three-breast tentacle multi-function machine tool
- System and sensors for evaluation of position, deformation, temperature and force
- Hyperspectral camera and flir infrared camera
- Velodyne 3D scanner; Laser tracker
- Machine for micro laser machining
- Measuring workplace for surface roughness measurement, incl.optical measuring system for shape and surface sensing
- Mobile digital microscope; laser scanning confocal microscope
- Components for power network simulation and control incl. photovoltaic inventories and panels
- Industrial robotic manipulators; assembly collaborative robots; industrial robots
- Laser workplace for robotic welding, cutting and surfacing applications
- Fast robot for pick & place operations
- Industrial robot for machine tool integration, incl. multifunctional machine tool and equipment for automatic adjustment of machine tools
The Testbed for Industry 4.0, the research, experiment, and demonstration facility, is based on the state-of-the-art technology with a further future outlook and development. It is well suited for prototyping, process improvement, product development and testing in order to research new concepts and methods that would improve the manufacturing processes, optimize the manufacturing etc. The other CIIRC joint labs (or projects) with different firms can be also used under research or business conditions – e.g. Eaton, Factorio Solutions, AVRAR (Association of Virtual and Augmented Reality), Siemens, IBM, HP, Rockwell Automation, Schneider, ABB, or CP Factory lab by Festo. The 3D printers are also available.
Our technology centre offers the following services:
- Awareness creation around digital technologies
- Innovation Scouting
- Digital Maturity Assessment
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Brokering/Matchmaking and Ecosystem building
- Access to Specialist Expertise and Infrastructure
- Testing and validation
- Concept validation and prototyping
- System integration
- Collaborative research on issues of common interest
- Education and skills development