Technological Centre

SMARTSTORE: the future of logistics and port storage through 4.0 technologies

CETIM will collaborate with port logistics companies in the development of 4.0 technologies to improve logistics in ports and the storage and transformation of products.

 Project investigates the use of digital technologies for the optimization of the port logistics chain: digital twins, artificial vision and collaborative robotics.

 The EU aims to ensure that industry accounts for 20% of European GDP, for which it raises a reindustrialization within the framework of the application of industrial technologies. The actions aimed at implementing an industry 4.0 are intended to promote innovation in the productive model of industrial sectors to achieve an improvement in their productivity in a sustainable way as a guarantee of their competitiveness at the international level. Within this new concept of industry, services such as Transportation and storage or Wholesale trade are incorporated.

 

In this sense, the SMARTSTORE project will develop new technologies, typical of Industry 4.0, to achieve technological advances in the main port organization activities. For this, CETIM will collaborate with large companies and SMEs related to port logistics, in order to develop a series of high-tech proposals to intensify and optimize the levels of efficiency, quality and safety throughout the entire port logistics chain, from the stowage in the port to the delivery of the merchandise to the client.

Given that port logistics activities are very intensive in both time and resources and that a large part of these activities are also very repetitive, they become an ideal target for applying automation technologies and process optimization. Control of operations and traceability are also very important in this area, especially in food products.

SMARTSTORE has identified four stages of the process susceptible to technological evolution, each one with its own specific problems: Loading/unloading, Identification, Storage and / or transformation and Quality Control. In general, they are manual processes that require great experience, space optimization and product verification. Finally, in a transversal activity the business management systems of the different project partners will be studied. It is expected to be able to implement Digital Twins of automated logistics processes for each type of relevant product with the aim of having a single simulation environment for the control and management system of daily operations.

 

CETIM research
In order to solve the specific problems that arise throughout the entire port logistics chain, CETIM will provide solutions through a series of digital technologies, such as digital twins, artificial vision and collaborative robotics.

 

Implementation of digital twins in logistics processes
Within SMARTSTORE project, CETIM will use digital twins in order to model new logistics and production processes, thus allowing us to monitor their operation and test various configurations to optimize their performance.

 

Artificial vision as a technique for product identification and process automation
CETIM will investigate the application of artificial vision with the objectives of identifying frozen products to automate the classification process prior to their storage and, to capture the dimensions of the packaging of frozen products to optimize their distribution on pallets (in cooperation with the robotic palletizing system).

 

Palletizing process automation based on collaborative robotics
This project seeks to support operators in the palletizing process. For this, CETIM will design an automatic palletizing system using collaborative robotics techniques, without the need to create an isolated environment from the rest of the process thanks to the security measures it incorporates.

Thus, the SMARTSTORE project seeks to automate and optimize processes through the use of 4.0 technologies at an industrial level in order to minimize current problems existing along the port logistics chain.

The project, which will end in April 2023 and has a budget of 2.8 million euros, is part of the programme “Fábrica del futuro, fábrica inteligente y sostenible de la Industria 4.0” granted by the Galician Innovation Agency and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the framework of the Operational Programme ERDF Galicia 2014-2020, OT1 “Promover el desarrollo tecnológico, la innovación y una investigación de calidad”. The project is also supported by the Vicepresidencia Segunda and the Conselleria de Economía, Empleo e Industria.