FACTS4WORKERS 4th General Assembly meeting
Between 13th and 14th February, the SiEVA Development Centre, represented by general manager Mr. Miloš Šturm, and Ms. Samanta Krapež, attended the 4th General Assembly meeting of the FACTS4WORKERS project consortium at Shaeffler Group premises in Ingolstadt, Germany.
The aim of the FACTS4WORKERS project is to use state-of-the art IT technologies to develop smart human-machine –interfaces and data-gathering solutions, useful for shop floor workers in factories of 21st century. The focus is to develop flexible, module-based solutions, which could be replicated in factories and industries throughout Europe.
After two years of intensive development, the General Assembly meeting took a chance to get an overview of the work done. Intensive data-gathering processes involving shop floor workers themselves, has been done, first prototype solutions have been developed and the first field tests are already underway in project industrial partners' pilot sites.
In order to get a feeling for the work done and demanding challenges ahead, the participants of the meeting were shown a prototype solution developed for the pilot use-case of the meeting's host- Schaeffler group. The host also used the opportunity to acquaint the participants with its own plans for integration of the developed solution as well as with plans to upgrade the Group's plants in accordance with the latest trends in factory management, making them friendly and useful for workers of the future.
At the meeting’s conclusion, the consortium also agreed to host the project's Second Technical Review meeting together with representatives of European Commission (EC) in June in Hidria, at their Spodnja Idrija pilot UC premises in Slovenia where the EC representatives will be shown the partner’s pilot solution for their use-case.
Within COMBILASER project SiEVA visits the University of Sheffield
From 29th November till' 1st December the representatives of SiEVA attended fifth meeting of the COMBILASER project consortium, hosted by The University of Sheffield.
The meeting was a great opportunity to assess the work completed thus war and prepare for the intensive third and final year ahead. In the COMBILASER project, SiEVA acts as the leader of the work package 7 tasked with dissemination and exploitation activity coordination.
The project partners also had an opportunity to acquaint themselves with R&D and teaching capabilities of the Sheffield University. The University staff presented to them the laboratories, research capacities and projects in fields related to mechatronics and especially robotics. The University of Sheffield is well-known on their strong cooperation with industry (companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Rolls Royce) and advanced teaching methods in engineering. This has given the COMBILASER consortium partners also an opportunity to find possibilities and common interests for further cooperation.
1st Annual Combilaser project newsletter
The COMBILASER research project consortium has recently published its first annual report on the state of the project. The COMBILASER project has received an EU grant from the Horizon 2020 framework research programme and the document – which can be downloaded from this link – presents the activities undertaken during the first year, reliminary results that have been achieved and plans for the project's second year. SiEVA's role in the COMBILASER project covers the field of dissemination of project results, putting to efficient use SiEVA's key R&D position in the Slovenian automotive suppliers' industry and with it important links with European associations from this field; among them EARPA, ERTRAC, CLEPA and EGVI – the European Green Vehicles Initiative. If you want to learn more about the aims and goals of the COMBILASER project visit the following website.