Over the next three and a half years, cloudSME will be active as a consortium partner in the DIGITbrain project. The European innovation action, which started on 1st July 2020 is funded within the European research and innovation program Horizon 2020. DIGITbrain aims to enable small and medium-sized European manufacturing companies to benefit from AI-based manufacturing as a service (MaaS).
The "Digital Brain" is a completely new concept that extends the Digital Twin to fully cover the life cycle of industrial products and facilitates the configuration and orchestration of components related to an instance of an industrial product.
Compared to the digital twin concept, which is increasingly used by manufacturing companies today, the DIGITbrain concept will go one step further by developing the 'Digital Product Brain' which will store data throughout the entire life cycle of a production line or a machine. By collecting all this data, it will be possible to customise and set-up machines / production assets for very specific manufacturing tasks whenever needed (see figure below). This will enable a new manufacturing model, called Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS), which will allow for on-demand production of much more specialised products, even in smaller quantities and still in an economically profitable way.
Twenty highly innovative industrial solutions will be demonstrated by over 20 application experiments illustrating how the Digital Brain and its lower level services can be utilised to empower SMEs with MaaS. The Digital Marketplace provides the necessary graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in view of configuring and monitoring the Digital Brain for an industrial-product instance and will handle the access rights to the Digital Brain’s instances.
The DIGITbrain Project has started on 1st July 2020 and is composed by a consortium of 36 partners. During its lifetime it will attract further 35-40 collaborators in two Open Calls for experiments, mainly technology and manufacturing SMEs. The EU project will be funded for three and a half years within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (under grant agreement number 952071) by the European Commission with a budget of 8.34 million euros.
More information: digitbrain.eu/about