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IDEKO presents its latest advances in industrial digitalisation and intelligent manufacturing at Basque Industry 4.0

IDEKO presents its latest advances in industrial digitalisation and intelligent manufacturing at Basque Industry 4.0
  • The research centre has its own exhibition space at the stand of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) Scientific-Technological Consortium.
  • The event will be held today and tomorrow at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

With the mission of presenting its latest developments in the field of digitalisation and intelligent manufacturing, the IDEKO research centre is taking part in the Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point event, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

The research entity, which has its own exhibition space at the stand of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) Scientific-Technological Consortium, will present real cases successfully implemented in the industrial sector, our most advanced digital solutions applied to manufacturing processes and production plants, as well as the incorporation of new functionalities in the numerical control systems of the machines.

Specifically, the research centre will share the fruits of the work carried out in the machine's environment with the aim of developing technology that will enable the generation of applications that go beyond basic numerical control functions.

"As a result of this process, we have developed new HMI interfaces that make it possible to monitor situations that require specific action on the equipment, both autonomously and supervised, in real time", according to Jon Kepa Gerrikagoitia, head of IDEKO's ICT and Automation group.

The interfaces developed by IDEKO, already successfully implemented in real manufacturing environments, present usable designs aimed at efficient interaction between operators and machines, in which Artificial Intelligence solutions are being used as a key element to extract maximum performance from their capacities.

New advances in data collection

One of the essential characteristics of the new paradigm of industry 4.0 is the importance of data as raw material. In this context, IDEKO has made progress in the development of technologies for collecting data on machines, known as "Data Collect".

"We work on the identification of the data to be collected, that is, the definition of the key performance indicators, which make it possible to act on the pillars of excellence of the machine: physical condition-maintenance, machining process, precision and part quality", adds researcher Iñigo Bediaga.

The congress will also be a key event for the research centre to showcase the latest advances in the implementation of "hyperconnected factories" through the development of sensorisation, automation and data reading systems.

"To advance in the new digital industry paradigm, we are developing advanced computing solutions in the machine, called Edge Computing, a discipline that allows us to analyze and process data at the source that generates them. In this way, the devices themselves play a key role in the processing of information, contribute to their analysis and provide themselves with intelligence," says Bediaga.

Finally, IDEKO is able to obtain valuable information from the data and signals until it gives them meaning and provides them with a physical representation. To achieve this, it uses different data transformation solutions, applies different analysis tools and executes diagnostics.

"Our system also facilitates machine and process monitoring through key performance indicators such as machine status, machining process status and energy consumption. The very architecture of the software solution and the data cycle allows us a continuous learning that results in the possibility of offering new services, new intelligent components and new functionalities for predictive maintenance," concludes the expert.

Within the framework of the event, the research centre will also be present at the stand of the Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) as an agent attached to four of the active nodes in this initiative: flexible and collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing, advanced materials and intelligent and connected machines.

With its participation in these nodes and its presence in the Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point, IDEKO is promoting its collaboration with the other agents in offering advanced services aimed at Basque companies, particularly SMEs.

The presence of the research centre in the congress is completed with the participation of Jon Kepa Gerrikagoitia in the technological classroom Digital Platforms for Industry: Technologies and Challenges, which will take place on Thursday 21 from 9 am to 11.30 am.