First German-Brazilian CORNET project launched!

We are excited to announce the very first German-Brazilian cooperation, which is one of the outcomes of the 28th call for proposals within the transnational network CORNET: ‘Quality assurance for the process of montage in the global value network with the help of Augmented Intelligence (AuQuA)’.

The research project was launched on 1 April 2020. The German partners are the Research Community for Quality (Forschungsgemeinschaft Qualität e.V. (FQS)) – as the participating industrial association –  and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University (Werkzeugmaschinenlabor der RWTH Aachen (WZL), which functions as the research facility for this project.

The Brazilian partners are the association of Brazilian companies of information technologies (Associação das Empresas Brasileiras de Tecnologia da Informação, ASSESPRO-DF) and the EMBRAPII-Unity for biophotonics and instrumentalisation at the university of São Paulo (Unidade EMBRAPII de Biofotônica e Instrumentação, IFSC/USP). In addition, 15 SMEs from both countries are also participating in the project.

What is the research project about?

To remain competitive and owing to lower wage costs, many companies today are forced to outsource their production. Companies, however, still want to guarantee a high quality of their products, even while workers in the country of production might have lower professional qualifications.

Suggested solution

We are currently living and working in the Age of Industry 4.0. Digitalization has become a key tool in industrial production and is fundamental for the solution of any type of problem. This also applies to the situation described above. As a solution, this project intends to develop a multi-camera system that is based on augmented reality (AR) technology. The system automatically observes manual assembly processes and then generates suitable fitting instructions. These are then projected onto the components using AR technology to guide workers through the assembly process while identifying deviations from assembly instructions.

Above all, this project seeks to help SMEs outsource their production in an efficient manner, and in doing so allow them to strengthen their position within global value-creation networks.

The project is funded for a period of two years through the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations AiF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsgemeinschaften AiF e.V.) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie BmWi), while on the Brazilian side funds are provided by the EMBRAPII (Brazilian Company of Research and Industrial Innovation).

We are very much looking forward to the results of this promising cooperation!