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Final review meeting_the story

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The Grace project, after three years of research and implementations, has came to its conclusion. A conclusion that does not mean the end of activities, because the solutions implemented in the Whirlpool production line are continuing to work and to collect data, improving the process efficiency and increasing the knowledge about the MAS architecture.

A research project is a fundamental step towards innovation and its ending means to show to the EU Commission (that co-financed the project) the activities carried out and the results obtained.

The Grace project final review meeting was held in Naples on June 13 and 14, 2013, in the Whirlpool factory, and was attended by all the consortium partners and the EU Commission reviewers.
A two-day meeting to demonstrate our agents running in a real industrial environment. Probably the biggest MAS implementation and installation in industry, composed by more than 1500 agents and bringing together the three different areas of production equipment, control systems and optimization of the product.

But what happened during the meeting?

June 12
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The day before

A lot of work to prepare the demonstration tour. In the reliability lab the group was defining the last details, checking the MAS architecture and all quality and functional tests. But finally everything was ready, everything was running!

June 13
_Day_1_Demonstration sessions

At the Whirlpool Naples premises everything was ready to welcome the EU Commission reviewers.

After the overview of the project by Nicola Paone (UNIVPM) and Matthias Foehr (SIEMENS), the demonstration tour started: beginning with the assembly line, passing through the quality and functional tests, up to the reliability lab, showing the solutions developed within the Grace project.

June 14
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Day_2_Presentation sessions

All the work packages of the project have been presented and finally the interventions (and the congratulations!) of the EU commission officer and the project technical assistant, who underlined that the greatest value of the project has been in carring out the pilot phase directly in the factory and not just in a laboratory.

Second internship on the Grace project

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Internship on Grace project
After the experience of Samar Ehab El-Bahrawi, another student has gained the opportunity to experience and to participate to the Grace project.

Esteban Arroyo Esquivel, student at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, has joined Università Politecnica delle Marche working on adaptive image pre-processing for automated quality control.

Here, the story of his experience:

My name is Esteban Arroyo Esquivel. I am a Costa Rican student of Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal.

Within the Grace project cooperation, I had the chance to complete a practical stage at Università Politecnica delle Marche. During my time there, I worked in the experimental phase of my master thesis project on adaptive image pre-processing for automated quality control. The project pursued the objective of adaptively enhancing the quality of pictures acquired in production lines, with the aim of improving effectiveness of the posterior object-detection algorithms used during the processing stage of the quality control procedures. The proposed approach was based on neural networks and image feature-extraction, and was conceived in the context of dynamic multi-agent systems.

The research personnel and the machine vision equipments available at the Measurements Lab of Università Politecnica delle Marche were of great help for the achievement of the experimental results of the project. Moreover, I had the chance to learn alternative vision-based techniques and expand my experience in issues related to robotics and programming.

Finally, Grace project gave me the chance to share ideas with researchers from different countries, improve the quality of my research project and gain valuable knowledge in the area of automated industrial systems.

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