The first DIGITbrain Open Call was a resounding success counting a total of 27 proposals received until closing date on 30th June. After two busy months of evaluation 19 new partners have been selected. They will form 7 new experiments, each starting to implement their individual Digital Twin in October.
62 different organisations from 11 European countries and beyond had taken their chance to apply in the first call for proposals. Up to €100 000 funding will be guaranteed to selected parties for the implementation of their individual digital twin. After a two-month detailed evaluation of the project outlines, which was led by project partner Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) seven new experiments were selected. They bring together manufacturing companies, technology providers, research institutions, high performance computing providers and/or digital innovation hubs to develop a digital twin helping solve an industry-specific problem. Those new experiments bring together 19 partners from Italy, Spain, Hungary and Turkey - including 14 SMEs, one mid-sized company and three research institutions and another Digital Innovation Hub (DIH). The amounts awarded for each experiment start at 94,300 euros and go up to the full funding amount of 100,000 euros.
Technically, the experiments range from using the advantages of digital twins to optimise design and manufacturing processes of industrial products, to intelligent solutions for additive manufacturing, to predictive maintenance of entire production lines based on digital twins.
In detail, submitted proposals deal with:
- Experiment 1: Digital Twin solutions to allow for agile changes (DITAC) of the design of tailor-made industrial automation solutions, particularly in case of after-sales changes.
- Experiment 2: The optimisation of the energy consumption in a coil coating line (COATWIN) by digitally replicating the existing production process which will allow for exploring different use cases, based on the selection of different parameters.
- Experiment 3: Digital Twin to support the design, production and operation phases of rotary dryers(DT4Dryer) which are used across many industries.
- Experiment 4: Production Optimization for Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices (ProMED) by using a digital twin of production pipeline that will allow for the quick simulation of a large number of fabrication processes. Leveraging the rich set of data produced by the simulations will facilitate decisions for real productions.
- Experiment 5: Digital Brain for Predictive Maintenance in the Automotive Sector (DRIVEN) that aims to monitor, analyse, simulate and optimize the entire operation of product movements between the parts warehouse, the packaging process in an automotive component factory in real-time and by doing so reaching the exclusion of common machine efficiency losses.
- Experiment 6: Smart Digital Twin-based 3D Printing Process Reliability Assurance Add-on enhanced with Cloud-based iterative learning (3D_BRAIN). An experimental Data Driven Digital Twin will be developed in order to permit process control, process stabilization and post process quality assessment in combination with a continuous learning tool.
- Experiment 7: Digital Twin to optimize design of cars’ braking system assembly line (DIGITBREAK). By developing a Simulation-based Digital Twin of a pilot line assembling small calipers and pistons for automotive braking system to be integrated into DIGITbrain, the experiment will help producers of manufacturing assembly lines to master increasing challenges, such as to optimize design and engineering to meet evolving market needs, while ensuring efficiency and productivity challenges.
The contracting process with all 19 organisations has been completed at the end of September 2021. After that, selected beneficiaries will take up work on their experiments for the following 12 months, being able to count on DIHs’ and Technical Core Partners’ support with regard to technical and business aspects along experiment fully-fledged design, smooth implementation and exploitation.
But also the second Open Call is not that far away! DIGITbrain will indeed launch a second Open Call for experiments, again targeting manufacturing companies (end-users, bringing the industry specific problem), technology providers, research organisations and/or Digital Innovation Hubs who will be selected to work on the implementation of an individual use case-based Digital Twin in the manufacturing sector at large.
Are you interested in implementing a digital twin for your manufacturing company?
The second Open Call is not far away! DIGITbrain will launch a second open call for experiments in March 2022, again targeting manufacturing companies (end-users bringing an industry-specific problem), technology providers, research organisations and/or digital innovation centres that will be selected to work on the implementation of an individual use case-based digital twin in the manufacturing sector.
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 Eligible applicants were end-users from the manufacturing sector, technology providers, research institutions, high performance computing providers or digital innovation centres located in the EU, a country associated to Horizon 2020 or the UK.