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      A cyber-physical framework to support ultra-flexible production

      Research Group Production and Automation Engineering
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      A cyber-physical framework to support ultra-flexible production

      Research Group Production and Automation Engineering
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      A cyber-physical framework to support ultra-flexible production

      Duration

      November 2021 – October 2024

      Funding and collaboration

      Production 2030, VINNOVA, FM Mattsson Mora Group AB, Linköpings universitet, Norrebo Träindustri AB, OpiFlex Solutions AB, RISE IVF AB, Seco Tools AB, Scania

      For companies to stay competitive, resilient and sustainable in an ever-changing world, extreme flexibility in the production processes is required to be adaptive and agile.

      The idea of this project is to develop a novel cyber-physical framework to realize ultra-flexible, production, which is here understood as a highly modular and interconnected cyber-physical system, developing its operations in a system-of-systems context.

      Ultraflexible as the new normal

      Such system can be swiftly modified. In fact, constant change is seen as part of the normal operations of an ultra-flexible system. This results in the possibility of moving equipment around to support new or alternative production processes, reconfiguring equipment in real time to as a reaction to production disturbances. Simultaneously, such changes should result in a system cyber-physical configuration that is optimal, give the circumstances, from a sustainability perspective.

      The core – digital twins

      The core of the framework will rely in the, now popularized, concept of Digital Twins which are understood, in this context, as: virtual dynamic representations of physical production resources and sub-systems. Using the digital twins, the production system’s flexibility can be efficiently maximized both in the conceptual stages and in running production.

      Seamless integration

      From a technical perspective, the aim of the framework is to enable seamless integration between, and implementation of, digital twins in the production a concept that we call the cyber-physical continuum. By realizing a cyber-physical continuum, the project will play a significant role in the cyber-physical transformation of the Swedish manufacturing industry and enable ultra-flexible production that improves competitiveness, resilience and
      sustainability.

      Project partners

      In addition to the University of Skövde (coordinator), the following individuals and companies / universities are included in the project:

      • Luis Ribeiro, Docent, PhD, Associate Professor Linköping University
      • Björn Backman, M.Sc, RISE
      • Magnus Widfeldt, Project Manager and Researcher, RISE IVF
      • Johan Frisk, Founder and CEO, automation expert, OpiFlex Automation AB
      • Yngve Eriksson, Manger Production Technology, FM Mattsson Mora Group
      • Kristian Antegård, Project Manger SECO Tools AB
      • Carl Ottosson, MD and partner, Norrebo Träindustri AB
      • Linda-Maria Jonsson, Industry 4.0 and Maintenance Manger, SECO Tools AB
      • Fredrik Ore, Automation Expert, SCANIA

      Project Manager

      Professor of Production Engineering

      Participating Researchers

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      Published: 12/1/2021
      Edited: 2/17/2022
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