COGNITWIN: Cognitive Factories via Proactive, Self-learning Hybrid Digital Twins

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Short description of the project

While the implementation of Digitalization and Industry 4.0 concepts in the European manufacturing sector is progressing rapidly, there are other aspects that are relevant to achieve the goal of optimal process control. One of them is the "cognitive aspect" that enables process plants to learn from historical data and autonomously react to changes in the running process or even predict undesired events in the process behaviour before they can occur and negatively influence the production. The aim of the project is to add cognitive capabilities to existing process plants and thus provide solutions for dealing with unpredictable behaviour.

Project objectives

The overall project goal is to enhance the performance of cognitive production plants in the European process industries of aluminium, silicon and steel using hybrid and cognitive Digital Twins. Through the extended concept of the Digital Twin, non-optimal behaviour in production processes is to be recognised and predicted, and production control is to be automatically adapted in order to keep product quality and efficiency as optimal as possible. A reference architecture for cognitive Digital Twins is also being developed, as well as a toolbox that will enable the results and functionality to be transferred to other process plants.

Project partners

  • Project coordinator: SINTEF AS (Norway)
  • Industry partner
    • Hydro Aluminium Deutschland GmbH
    • SHI FW Energia Oy (Finland)
    • Sidenor Aceros Especiales Europa S.L. (Spain)
    • Elkem ASA (Norway)
    • Saarstahl AG
    • Noksel Steel Pipe Company (Turkey)
  • Universities and research institutions
    • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
    • Fraunhofer IOSB
    • University of Oulu (Finland)
  • Technology provider
    • Cybernetica AS (Norway)
    • Nissatech Innovation Centre (Serbia)
    • TEKNOPAR Industrial Automation (Turkey)
    • Scortex (France)

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Further information

The project started on 1 August 2019 and is expected to run until the end of July 2023.

Es wird gefördert durch das Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme der Europäischen Union. (Grant Agreement No. 870130).

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