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IKERLAN participates in the European I4Q project, aimed at "zero defect" digital manufacturing, ensuring data reliability and efficiency

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The technology centre participates in i4Q, a European project aimed at "zero defects" that improves the quality of products / services and manufacturing processes, reducing waste and defects, costs and delivery times.

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  •  i4Q is developing a complete solution capable of managing huge amounts of data from interconnected devices and supporting the monitoring and control of manufacturing.
  • It is a particularly interesting solution for SMEs due to its modular nature and the fact that it facilitates the adoption of complex technologies.
  • It will be validated in six industrial scenarios with a high technological component, representing machine tool suppliers and production companies in the household appliance, metal, plastic, ceramics and wood sectors.
  • i4Q will expand IKERLAN's value offer for companies in digital and sustainable factory solutions.

The IKERLAN technology centre is participating in the European i4Q project, where it is working on the development of a "zero defects" solution, which will increase the competitiveness of manufacturers of industrial and end products. Through the European i4Q project, IKERLAN is working on the development of a modular suite based on the Internet of Things (IoT) that will have an impact on key manufacturing processes, increasing the productivity of industrial equipment by around 10 %, reducing start-up times by up to 15 % and marketing times by 10 %. It will also reduce scrap by at least 50 %. Due to its characteristics, this solution can be implemented in both large companies and SMEs, promoting the digital transformation of companies that, due to their limited resources, run the risk of losing competitiveness in the context of industry 4.0.

The i4Q suite, consisting of software products, methodologies, models and consulting services, will support the monitoring and control of manufacturing lines by managing huge amounts of data from small, cost-effective, interconnected and intelligent devices. It will do so by ensuring data reliability with functions grouped into five core capabilities around the complete industrial data cycle: sensing, communication, IT infrastructure, storage and analysis and optimisation. To this end, it will include simulation, prescription and optimisation tools for continuous process qualification of the manufacturing line, quality diagnosis, reconfiguration and certification to ensure high manufacturing efficiency, leading to an integrated approach to “zero-defect” manufacturing.

The i4Q suite will be validated in six industrial scenarios with a high technological component and growing demand for high quality products, with the need to digitise factories and ensure data reliability. These pilot validations will be carried out with machine tool suppliers and production companies in the household appliance, metal, plastic, ceramics and wood sectors, for which data exploitation is essential for optimising production quality.

Ana Gómez, IKERLAN researcher on the project, explains: "The i4Q solution can be adapted and integrated in different manufacturing scenarios for different companies and at different levels of maturity. Its modular approach and the interoperability of the elements that make it up allows the company to independently acquire those that best suit its needs, which makes it an ideal resource for SMEs". He continues: "The challenge we set ourselves at IKERLAN is to offer an innovative solution that increases the competitiveness and quality of our customers' products, as cutting-edge technology transfer is what gives meaning to our activity".

A consortium of 24 members to cover the different areas.

i4Q (Industrial Data Services for Quality Control in Smart Manufacturing) is a project aligned with the digital and sustainable factory concept promoted by IKERLAN, funded by almost 10 million euros by the European Union's H2020 Programme under grant agreement no. 958205.

IKERLAN will participate in the project until its completion in 2024, as part of a robust consortium made up of 24 entities of 11 nationalities covering all the required areas of knowledge and testing: implementers, technology providers, research centres, companies specialising in legal aspects, communication and exploitation of results, as well as six industrial partners in the role of users of the solution.

About IKERLAN

IKERLAN is a leading centre in technology transfer and in the contribution of competitive value to industry. It offers integral solutions combining different technological domains in two main areas: Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EICT), and Energy and Mechatronics. The technology centre's team is currently made up of 400 people. As a co-operative member of the MONDRAGON Corporation and the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), IKERLAN maintains a sustainable, competitive business model in permanent transformation. IKERLAN currently has the following accreditations: ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, UNE 16600:2014 R&D&I Management System and ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System. This is recognition of the excellence of the centre in the field of R&D&I.

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