CeADAR to bring AI into the future of manufacturing

Irish research centre CeADAR joins €11m InterQ European machine learning project targeting the aeronautics, energy and automotive sectors.

Ireland’s national centre for Applied Data Analytics and AI CeADAR has joined an €11m European project to enable Europe’s industrial manufacturing processes to enhance operations by moving to zero-defect manufacturing.

The InterQ European project will drive the competitiveness of the European industrial environment through the use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. It will improve the quality of manufacturing across a range of industries, including aeronautics, energy and automotive.

“It is a solution focused on data processing for the optimisation of zero-defect manufacturing processes, so that quality can be traced along the entire value chain”

The project, which started in November 2020 and continue to 2023, has a consortium of 25 partners from 11 European countries. It is led by the Ideko Research Centre in the Basque Country.

These include companies such as Renault, Gamesa Energy Transmission and ITP. InterQ has a budget of €11m out of which €9m will be financed by the EU through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Zero-defect manufacturing

Manufacturing companies routinely capture feedback from operators at their workshops in the form of video, audio or text which has huge potential value to improve manufacturing processes. 

CeADAR is developing a Text Analytics solution using machine learning to process and understand feedback provided by operators in manufacturing settings.

“Augmenting the predictive analysis of sensor data with insights from operators of machinery in factories is key to improve the quality of the manufacturing process and product,” explained Dr Ricardo Simon Carbajo, principal investigator in InterQ at CeADAR.

“CeADAR is developing AI solutions using Natural Language Processing to understand feedback provided by factory workers, incorporating human expertise to the InterQ framework for zero-defect manufacturing.”

Currently, a large volume of data is generated by manufacturing operations but, without adequate processing and management technologies, it is not possible to produce accurate, reliable, secure, and relevant information to optimise the efficiency and quality of industrial processes.

“The InterQ platform seeks a response to this problem. It is a solution focused on data processing for the optimisation of zero-defect manufacturing processes, so that quality can be traced along the entire value chain,” said Jokin Muñoa, coordinator of the InterQ project.

“For the participating machine manufacturers, this project represents a great opportunity both for the digital development of machines and processes through the search for full control of the quality of the final part.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 March 2021