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New SatisFactory promo video with demo material!

SatisFactory has recently launched a new promo video explaining the achievements of the project and demonstrating its innovative solutions for smart factories.

Learn what benefits Satisfactory can bring to your factory!

 

Augmented Reality tools in vocational and on-the-job training – European Digital Learning Network Annual Conference

The European Digital Learning Network – DLEARN – aims to embrace the challenges brought by the digital transformation in terms of digital skills mismatch and digital learning opportunities. The 47% of Europeans is not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills. Tools and technologies such as Augmented and Virtual realities among others, are becoming more and more popular as complementary methods for education and training, as well as digital competencies. Their efficiency has led to a growing and attractive return on investment rate.

In this context, the European Digital Learning Network Annual Conference incorporates a dedicated session for presenting success stories and lessons learnt from different sectors, where SatisFactory project will be presented, and especially its “Best practices for use of Augmented Reality tools in vocational and on-the-job training”.

Learn more about the event here.

SatisFactory will be there at the Researcher’s Night 2017 in Thessaloniki!

On Friday September 29th 2017, SatisFactory will be presented at the “2017 Researcher’s Night” in Thessaloniki, Greece, which will be co-organised by CERTH.

The project coordinator, CERTH/ITI, will demonstrate SatisFactory achievements, and especially the on-the-job training technologies via Augmented Reality techniques, using the see-through head-mounted displays.

The Researchers Night is a European initiative held every year in 300 cities, aiming to bring researchers closer to the society. The programme includes multiple presentations, interactive experiments, activities for children, music, contests and more…

Meet us there!

Find more information for the event here.

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Gathering feedback from SatisFactory pilot implementation at COMAU

An Information and Data Collection session was held on the 31st of August 2017 at COMAU’s premises in Torino, Italy, with the aim to evaluate the SatisFactory framework and solutions and gather feedback from this large industrial pilot end-user.

The data collection process was designed to capture practical evidence on how the technological solutions developed within SatisFactory respond to the end-user needs. This evidence is especially important for such a user-centered project like SatisFactory, which goes beyond just developing state-of-the-art technologies and focuses on the capability of these technologies to enable the users to work with more efficiency and satisfaction and to interact and collaborate better with their colleagues and the factory ecosystem.

At COMAU, the session started with an overview of the project, followed by presentations and demonstrations of the SatisFactory components, which helped the industrial personnel to get a better understanding with respect to the project’s innovations. The demo sessions, which took the form of a hands-on session with some glimpse of a “bring your own device” approach, triggered valuable interaction with COMAU’s decision makers and workers. In essence, the use cases selected for this specific demonstration with the help of COMAU’s innovation experts helped to gather heterogeneous kind of comments and important recommendations from the real end-users, aiming to enhance the tools’ usability, as well as the overall components’ interoperability, so as to improve the value of the SatisFactory ecosystem as a whole. The participants were also asked to complete relevant questionnaires, based on the well-defined evaluation methodology of the project.

The  Information and Data Collection session was attended mainly by young motivated professionals who perform duties in several departments of the company, acting as: innovation specialists, production managers, product managers, technical leaders and automation engineers. This variety enabled the collection of several viewpoints on the demonstrated tools and the high level of engagement of the end-users was the key for the success of the session.

In general, the developed applications were well received from the technological standpoint. The interest of the participants was evident and the questions risen helped in several ways not only to understand how the SatisFactory applications respond to their needs, but even to gather hints about the implementation of new features that could contribute to better shaping the components as complete and fully featured products, ready to be deployed in factories.

The recommendations and insights gathered will be evaluated in order to design further development steps and maximise the exploitation of the project results, which will be also boosted by Farextra, the spin-off of the project, founded by REGOLA and CERTH/ITI.

Similar data collection sessions have already been completed in the premises of the other two industrial pilot end-users, namely CERTH/CPERI and SUNLIGHT.

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Press Release – 1st SatisFactory deployment and new spin-off establishment!

    

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SatisFactory is an Horizon 2020 project launched in January 2015, with the aim to develop attractive, productive and collaborative workplaces with augmented reality and other innovative technologies for Factories of the Future.

SatisFactory announces the first successful implementation of its innovative solution in CERTH/CPERI’s industrial plant.

The first pilot implementation in a continuous processes environment, namely the fully operational industrial plant of CERTH/CPERI, was based on real case business scenarios performed by selected groups of workers, which were mainly focused on enabling online supervision of the plant’s operation and human resources, incidents’ detection, as well as path optimization for the personnel’s movements in the shop floor. To support these business scenarios, key SatisFactory components were integrated, providing wearable and ubiquitous computing (AR glasses, smart sensors, localisation devices, gesture and content recognition modules), intelligent decision support (iDSS, plant data exchange component, HR workload balancing component), augmented reality assistance (AR platform), as well as efficient collaboration and knowledge transfer with gamification (collaboration platform with gamification elements).

Applying a human-centred evaluation methodology, the first feedback collected from the end-users shows more than 80% satisfaction for the solution’s usability and capability of integrating and sharing the shop floor knowledge and know-how among all factory actors.

The findings of the first pilot implementation paved the way for the forthcoming large-scale deployment of the SatisFactory tools in another two industries, covering discrete manufacturing (COMAU S.p.A, member of the FIAT Group) and batch products manufacturing (SUNLIGHT Systems S.A.).

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Taking advantage of the cutting-edge knowledge and tools developed within SatisFactory, two project partners announce the establishment of an innovative spin-off company.

“Farextra”, officially founded on 01/03/2017 by CERTH/ITI and Regola Srl, specializes in providing end-to-end software solutions, as well as consulting services, in the fields of on-the-job training, real-time emergency response and augmented assistance, 3D object detection and recognition, as well as localisation and real-time data overlay.

Targeting customers ranging from manufacturing, maintenance and construction to ship building and aeronautics, Farextra aims to provide useful insights, reveal hidden correlations and facilitate the behavioural analysis of the input data in real time, using data minimization approaches. Its main offering is a VR/AR based software platform for training personnel on manufacturing, maintenance, process operations and support, with the innovative ability to present 3D animated operation of factory components and simulate the assembly and disassembly of mechanical parts, with direct verification of the trainees’ actions via gesture and object recognition modules.

To learn more about the SatisFactory project, visit www.satisfactory-project.eu and follow us in social media (FB: SatisFactory H2020 Project, Twitter: SatisFactoryEU, LinkedIn: SatisFactory H2020 Project, YouTube: SatisFactory Project).

Project Coordinator: Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras, Director of CERTH/ITI – Tel.: +30 2310 257777 – e-mail: dimitrios.tzovaras@iti.gr.

 

Read the Press Release in Greek.

Investigating the application of SatisFactory tools in the supply chain sector

CERTH and the Department of Logistics in the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia (TEICM) co-organised the Scientific Research and Innovation Applications workshop on May 10th 2017, at the Open Days of TEICM held in Katerini.

The attendees of the workshop, mainly professors from the Department of Logistics, high school teachers, students, and private sector companies, had the opportunity to learn about the achievements of SatisFactory project, through several presentations covering the following topics:

  • Use of AR for industrial environments
    • On-the-job training: improve productivity and reduce training time by offering real-time guidelines to workers through the use of enhanced AR tools.
  • HR Optimization through the Re-adaptation toolkit
    • Finding the right person for the right job when needed, based on semantically enriched data that provide clearer view on the capability of available workers.
  • Demonstration of videos of a Business Scenario at CPERI
    • On-the-job training methodology using AR.

The event was finalised with a discussion on potential use of SatisFactory tools in the supply chain sector, focusing on product traceability: With a simple QR workers can identify the product, shipment information (origin, destination, names, etc.), as well as other useful characteristics (e.g. weight, dimensions, fragility, etc.) in real-time, simply by wearing a set of AR glasses and visualising all of the above, while being able to use their hands for doing their work.

SatisFactory in Fraunhofer IoT Innovation and Networking Days!

The IoT Innovation and Networking Days at Fraunhofer FIT give participants from research and industry the opportunity to meet face to face, exchange experience and discuss about ideas in a relaxed and open environment. Representatives from the European Commission, stakeholders from industry and research organizations provide insights to their working area and current research questions.

This year, the event was organised on 22 – 23 May, 2017. In the session about Smart Manufacturing and Sustainable Process Industry, the representative of the project coordinator Mr. Dimosthenis Ioannidis had the opportunity to discuss with other participants about the SarisFactory solution and to exploit possibilities for further research and applications of the SatisFactory tools in future projects.

Learn more about the event here.

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SatisFactory in the IDTechEX Show!

SatisFactory participated in the IDTechEx Show held in Berlin, Germany on May 10-11 2017. The IDTechEx show is a technology event focused on end-users, connecting technology providers to customers. It presents the latest emerging technologies at one event, with nine concurrent conference tracks and a single exhibition covering 3D Printing, Electric Vehicles, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Graphene, Internet of Things, Printed Electronics, Sensors & Wearable Technology.

SatisFactory was presented by the coordinator representative (CERTH) within a conference session dedicated to Augmented Reality and Wearables. The presentation was attended by approximately 100 industry representatives who were informed about the project’s achievements and also about the exploitation activities, with emphasis on the recently established spin-off “Farextra”.

Furthermore, CERTH and GlassUp had the opportunity to discuss about SatisFactory with the exhibition visitors, within GlassUp’s dedicated booth. Visitors took particular interest in the headmounted displays & localisation sensors integrated in the SatisFactory solution.

Learn more about the IDTechEx Show here.

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4th Technology Forum, Thessaloniki – Share it 2grow!

The 4th Technology Forum “Share it 2grow”, organised in Thessaloniki, Greece, took place in the 17th of May 2017. The scope of this event was to bring together industrial bodies (ΙCΤ & other industries) and research organisations (Universities & Research Centres), with the aim to support collaboration for developing innovative products with international perspective.

In this context, the event included presentations of innovative technologies, such as advanced infrastructure and cloud services, applications and services for smartphone devices, advanced voice recognition techniques, advanced simulation techniques of systems and attitudes, image and video editing, etc. Furthermore, a Matchmaking Event was organised in collaboration with PRAXI Network (co-ordinator of Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas) where ATLANTIS and CERTH had the opportunity to present SatisFactory project, its goals and scope to other companies, which were particularly interested in the project’s automated support, indoor location and AR applications.

The Technology Forum is organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), the University of Macedonia (UoM), the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING), the International Hellenic University (IHU), the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE) under the auspices of the Region of Central Macedonia (RCM), the General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT), The Alexander Innovation Zone (AIZ), the Enterprise Greece (EG), the Thessaloniki Municipality and the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH).

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5th Project Meeting in Turin, Italy

SatisFactory partners met for the 5th project meeting on the 28th-30th of March 2017, in Turin, Italy, hosted in the premises of ISMB.

Besides presenting and discussing the latest achievements and overall progress of the project, the meeting was focused on the preparation and organization of the pilot implementation within the 2 pilot industries in Italy and Greece, namely COMAU S.p.A and SUNLIGHT S.A.

To this end, technical sessions were held in parallel with the progress meeting, in order to enable technology providing partners and industrial partners to discuss and clarify issues related to the installation of the SatisFactory components, their integration with each other, as well as with the systems of the pilot industries.

In the meanwhile, CERTH and REGOLA had the opportunity to further discuss and design the next steps of the commercial exploitation of the SatisFactory AR Toolkit, through the establishment of the spin-off company FAREXTRA.

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