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Launch of knowlEdge EU Project

Towards AI powered manufacturing services, processes, and products in an edge-to-cloud-knowlEdge continuum

This year the knowlEdge project was launched, whose aim is to develop a new generation of AI methods, systems, and data management infrastructure. The technologies will be trialled in three different industrial infrastructures from different application domains.

AI is one of the biggest megatrends towards the 4th industrial revolution. Although these technologies promise business sustainability and product as well as process quality, it seems that the ever-changing market demands and the lack of skilled humans, in combination with the complexity of technologies, raise an urgent need for new technologies, methods and approaches.

Pilot sites in Italy, Germany, and Slovakia

The technologies will be trialled in three different factory infrastructures to demonstrate the different scenarios and the broad applicability of the system: In a dairy products and fruit beverages production plant in Italy owned by Parmalat S.p.A., in production plant(s) of Kautex Textron, a manufacturer from the automotive industry, and in a production plant for industrial power transmission solution providers in Slovakia owned by Bonfiglioli Slovakia sro.

Overall, industrial, commercial and SME involvement will be very strong in knowlEdge ; three large industrial partners (Bonfiglioli, Kautex Textron, and Parmalat) guarantee the robustness of the consortium, providing industrial know-how for the AI model generated, the digital twin, the DSF, the marketplace and process as well as product improvements.

About the project

The knowlEdge project is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 957331. It constitutes 13 organisations from seven countries, mixing industrial, technology, research and business expertise. Read more about the partners.

For further information, contact Project Coordinator, Stefan Walter from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.