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Why a Mini-Factory
The Mini-Factory is state-of-the-art IIOT production facility, used to manufacture diverse products. The SUPSI Mini-Factory is meant for applied research and teaching. It aims to study and apply modern and advanced production technologies and methods in the context of Industry 4.0. The aim of the Mini-Factory is to create a platform where researchers, students and industries meet, develop and empower the transfer of knowledge. They have the chance to experience both classical automation topics (PLC, MES and SCADA programming, precision axes control and pneumatics), as well as advanced technologies, typical of the most advanced smart-factories (IoT, vision systems, simulation and digital twin, advanced measuring methods and smart production management systems).
- To provide hands-on education. The Mini Factory is used in many courses for practical training of students by carrying out exercises and simulations in the laboratory, thus gain valuable practical experience with state-of-the-art equipment in the field of industry 4.0 and automation.
- To test and implement new automation techs. The Mini Factory serves as show cases of new technologies and methods, that can be tested and evaluated by researchers and companies alike.
- To develop and validate RTD approaches. The Mini-Factory serves as concrete test-bed for innovative approaches for I4.0 implementation. The factory functions as a pilot plant for research and applied industrial projects, on the top of which applications and technologies are developed, tested and integrated. Industrial requirements are taken up directly and transferred into the application-oriented research.
The mini-Factory 4.0 is operated by the SPSLab
AUTOMATION and COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS
Cell design, system integration, programming; Applications: assembly, polishing, welding and finishing machines.
HUMAN-CENTRED PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Human-robot interaction, safety, worker well-being.
Real-time data-driven sustainability assessment; Comparison of sustainability performances of alternative production scenarios; Digital twin exploitation for sustainability-related decision making; Product digital passport for lifecycle-long green data collection
The Mini-factory implements a flexible production and assembly process capable to dynamically respond to customized orders, while still operating to stock, and demonstrates a significant amount of adaptability and resilience. Here the hardware and software components empowering the process
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The Laboratory of Sustainable Production Systems (SPS-Lab) is dedicated to research and education activities aimed at the development and use of methods and tools for the design, analysis and management of products, processes and production systems.