Successful end to the BEMO-COFRA project
Posted by Trine on 15. August 2014
After 30 months of successful cooperation between the project partners, the BEMO-COFRA project came to an end on 28th February 2014.

In the final stage of the project, the development tools and the final prototype were demonstrated in the final review and evaluated by the industrial partners. A video has been produced, demonstrating the BEMO-COFRA final scenario where the BEMOCOFRA platform enables a welding line to process two different kinds of roof types in a production batch.

The demonstration of the scenario also served as a validation of the BEMO-COFRA platform. In addition, a usability evaluation was carried out with the purpose of assessing the users experience with respect to using the BEMO-COFRA platform. To this end, a User Experience Questionnaire (UEQ) as well as a questionnaire were used. The results from the user evaluation show that users are quite attracted with the novel concepts developed in the project and the industrial partners have shown interest to extend the results further.

BEMO-COFRA has been quoted as one of the success stories from the first EU-Brazil Call and a follow up project, IMPReSS, has been acquired in Call 2 to maintain a good EU-Brazil cooperation.
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The overall BEMO-COFRA system represents a comprehensive, distributive framework comprising a middleware layer, large WSANs, PLC and SCADA systems, and not least computers and powerful devices being deployed in manufacturing plants.

The BEMO-COFRA framework addresses both technological aspects and user needs to promote a software platform for monitoring and control able to provide:

Integration of legacy devices, systems, and different wireless heterogeneous technologies into an holistic monitoring and control framework;

Adopting distributed and decentralized approaches to provide WSANs with scalable monitoring, control and self-diagnosis capabilities;

Introducing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and a middleware that, by exposing smart objects capabilities as web services, makes it possible for the innovative WSAN to be developed within the project to cooperate with legacy devices and systems.

The above BEMO-COFRA achievements clearly pave the way to an innovative framework supporting networked monitoring and control systems in different application domains.

The achievements of the BEMO-COFRA projects were demonstrated in a challenging scenario represented by a manufacturing plant where dependability of the system is of utmost importance and where a very large number of devices, systems, WSAN devices interact and actively cooperate with each other to enable a very accurate observation of production processes.

Major benefits derived from the research and development activities in BEMO-COFRA are:

An overall increase of flexibility, performance and re-configurability of new agile manufacturing systems: today the investment cost spent in average for reconfiguring existing production facilities.

An optimal operation maintenance despite varying conditions;

An improvement in efficiency accompanied by greater equipment up-time in cases of major variations/uncertainties in process parameters and/or in cases of frequent managed changes in production.