Six teams selected to L4MS acceleration programme - New IoT platform to boost internal logistics
L4MS, EU-funded initiative has selected six European teams to enter 6-month development programme to automate their factory logistics using new IoT technology. Out of 28 submitted proposals, six teams from Spain, Serbia, Denmark, France and Germany will receive funding, mentoring and training support from L4MS project.
After attending an online Jury Day on 13-14 May, where 10 finalists pitched their proposals in front of a Jury, six beneficiaries were selected to enter the 6-month acceleration programme, receiving up to €248,000 equity-free funding per team. Each team will connect various factory equipment, e.g. mobile robots or sensors, to an IoT platform called OPIL and simulate the logistical solution virtually first with a 3D factory simulation tool (Visual Components)
Each team will receive two mentors from L4MS programme; Entrepreneur-in-residence and Technologist-in-Residence to help in the implementation of OPIL, an open source platform and business development. L4MS offers an open source platform OPIL to enchance the communication between different factory floor equipment, such as mobile robots, sensors or ERP-systems, and to validate whether this new approach helps to reduce installation time and costs of mobile robots for small & medium-sized manufacturers. OPIL is designed to increase flexibility of internal logistics by allowing service providers and system integrators to develop customized solutions to match smaller manufacturers business needs.
“The innovation potential of the submitted Open Call proposals was very high this year. Our mentors are looking forward to roll the sleeves and begin the development phase with the selected companies. Our goal is to keep developing of our open-source IoT platform OPIL and its components, but for the manufacturers and technology providers turning factory logistics flexible and functional, is what counts”, says L4MS Coordinator Ali Muhammad.
The goal of the experiments is to validate whether this approach helps to reduce the time and cost of installing mobile robots to factory floor, and ultimately increase the efficiency of indoor logistics. The results and components of the successful experiments will be available at ramp.eu next year.
The 6 winning teams are:
1. VCLMP (Serbia) : Voice controlled logistic system for automation in meat production
2. RobOPIL (Spain): Robotic Collaboration for OPIL based Logistic Solutions
3. ILR4TRECO (Denmark) : Shared Intra-Logistics Robot for TRECO and J-Coating
4. OPTIFLOW (France) : Improvement of the productivity and optimization of the logistic flow in a big manufacturing workshop
5. RIOgistics (Spain) : Internal logistics for manufacturing companies in La Rioja
6. MARGO (Germany) : Optimizing Material Flow with AGVs in Ring Gear Production
CONGRATULATIONS to all winning teams!
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L4MS (Logistics for Manufacturing SMEs) helps small and medium-sized manufacturers and automation providers in Europe to pilot advanced technologies and robotics in factory logistics. L4MS helps companies to turn factory logistics more flexible: by connecting various equipment under one platform OPIL, and testing the solution virtually first (Visual Components), allows smaller companies to make smarter investment decisions for logistics automation.
L4MS (Logistics for Manufacturing SMEs) project is funded by Horizon 2020 -the European Union research and innovation programme.