Ciberfactory - Technology enablers in cyberphysical and virtual environments for the industry of the future - ITCL

Regional Project

Project description

The project Technology Enablers in Cyberphysical and Virtual Environments for the Industry of the Future (CyberFactory) consists of industrial research into enabling technologies to increase ITCL’s technological capacity and its competitiveness in the technology sector, with demonstrators to bring the experiences closer to regional industrial interests.

Global objectives

As a main objective, the enabling technologies analyzed in the framework of the CiberFactory project will allow to define a new framework on the digital world, on the cyberphysical systems, building a communication network that allows to interconnect the IIOT devices, with the capacity of identification, sensorization and processing, with its own virtual identity and with the potential capacity to integrate and interact independently in the network with any other element, machines, people and objects within that environment.

Therefore, the cyberphysical systems studied will result in providing the physical components or objects that we usually find in our work environment with computing and communication capabilities to turn them into intelligent objects. These allow us to surpass the current simple embedded systems in terms of capacity, security, scalability, adaptability, resilience and usability, being able to work together forming distributed and totally autonomous ecosystems.

And it is at this point, where the research of the different proposed enabling technologies will give meaning to the joint design with a cyberphysical system. Where the physical world and the digital world come together, researching in the laboratory on cases of industrial use, overcoming barriers and offering new capacities and developments adapted to the industrial environment of Castilla y León.

The project Technology Enablers in cyberphysical and virtual environments for the industry of the future (CiberFactory) consists of the research of enabling technologies of the Industry 4.0 of the physical world with the virtual world, contributing the following vision:

  • Cutting edge research into the technologies developed by the latest generation Cyber-Physical Systems (henceforth CPS) incorporated into embedded electronics, offering robustness, new secure and advanced alternatives to the Industrial Internet of Things (henceforth IIoT).

  • Research into manufacturing techniques for MID (Moulded Interconnect Device) and 3D (additive manufacturing – 3D printing) electronic circuits, incorporating additive technology using conductive inks or pastes in the electronic circuit printing processes.

  • Special research into reducing the size of antennas and optimising consumption in LPWA networks (low power, long range networks) to reduce current limitations in software and hardware designs of IIoT devices.

  • Research on wireless technologies on CPS systems oriented to low consumption devices that make use of LPWA technologies, which recharge the battery of unattended devices installed in the industrial environment.

  • Industrial research of the tools and technologies for the analysis, optimization, visualization and routing of the productive processes.

  • Advanced research of the digital twinning and digital process modelling techniques by means of simulations so that the configuration and use of these virtualised productive systems predict energy and operating behaviours and/or anticipate system failures.

  • Research into virtual reality and simulation technologies on cyberphysical platforms that facilitate the integration of new e-learning modalities, the visualisation of data in real time on 3D twins and neurological and physiological responses in the use of simulators for industry.

  • Industrial research into artificial vision and augmented reality on cyberphysical platforms using Deep Learning techniques, guidance and indicator recognition in the change of references and in the recognition of user movements.

The scope of CiberFactory is aimed at promoting the increase of the R&D&I activity and the strengthening of the technology transfer from our technology center to the companies of Castilla y León. For this purpose, the Technological Institute of Castilla y León (hereinafter, ITCL) proposes several actions related to industrial research and the development of technological demonstrators that allow the transfer of this knowledge to the regional companies.

Technical Objectives

  • Research on cyberphysical systems and the connection of the physical and digital world
  • Systems research with secure and advanced electronics technology for use as industrial cyberphysical systems:
  • Research into new techniques for manufacturing MID and 3D electronic circuits
  • Research the development of antennas and consumption optimization in LPWA networks
  • Wireless technologies research on CPS systems
  • Software platform research for IIOT environments in production process optimization
  • New industrial process modelling techniques on digital twin
  • New Virtual Reality and simulation techniques on cyberphysical platforms

Duration: 2019-2020


Project Partners

The project has been funded by ICE – JCyL. 2018 Generic R&D projects carried out by technology centres