Since October 2016, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe is executing experimental activities within the context of BEinCPPS project co-funded by EC under Horizon 2020 programme. The objective of BEinCPPS project is to enable EU SMEs sector to fully adopt the cyber physical systems (CPSs), the related service platforms and consequent innovative business models. Konica Minolta was awarded as a Third Party to run the experiments within the framework of the European project in collaboration with other industrial organizations.
The main objective of our laboratory activities is to integrate Konica Minolta Wearable Communicator as a cyber physical system within a manufacturing process and to experiment BEinCPPS system with our smart glasses. In fact, a worker will wear our smart glasses to visualize the information necessary for completing some tasks in a production line. The experiments that we have run for BEinCPPS deal with picking of specific components that are subsequently mounted on a tractor chassis.
First round of experiments were successfully performed in June 2017 in the manufacturing factory of large tractor producer John Deere in Mannheim, Germany, in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA that is the largest research organization in Germany, and the Swiss division of IT solutions provider Fincons Group. The final iteration of experiments is planned for the end of August 2017.