Technological Centre

The technologies developed in SMARTSTORE will allow the optimisation of Galician port logistics

The project has relied on the use of Digital Twins, robotics and Artificial Intelligence to automate the processes of receiving, sorting and storage of goods at the ports.

Galicia stands out for its great port activity in its 128 ports, as it is the main source of wealth and employment in the community. This sector currently lags behind others in terms of digitisation and automation in logistics processes. This is the main reason for the origin of the SMARTSTORE project: ‘Development of 4.0 technologies to improve port logistics and the storage and transformation of relevant products in Galicia‘, which holds its final results dissemination event tomorrow.

SMARTSTORE: Development of 4.0 technologies to improve port logistics and the storage and transformation of relevant products in Galicia.

The main objective of SMARSTORE has been the development of new Industry 4.0 technologies to optimise the entire port logistics chain. This sector has a low degree of digitalisation and automation. The initiative has come to an end this month with successful results thanks to the collaboration of the entire consortium led by GALIGRAIN (Grupo Nogar), and formed by CETIM Technological Centre and the companies PROTEA Productos del Mar, Internacional de Comercio y Servicios  and P&J Carrasco.

The key points

SMARTSTORE sought the support of new technologies such as Digital Twins, robotics and Artificial Intelligence in order to automate port logistics processes and make them more economically efficient, safer and with higher quality. To this end, it had several lines of research that developed new solutions focused on loading and unloading (SMARTLOAD), identification (SMARTID), storage and/or transformation (SMARTPROD) and quality control (SMARTQUALI).

As each process involved tackling a different problem, a wide variety of 4.0 technologies have been employed, including the use of artificial vision, machine learning techniques, RFID technologies for the automation and digitalisation of operations, collaborative robotics, advanced NIR sensing, optical volume measurement technologies and digital twins.

The technologies developed by CETIM

CETIM has developed the SMARTLOAD systems, achieving an automated system for the classification of frozen products through robots, Digital Twins and artificial vision. Similarly, for the identification of goods we have relied on SMARTID technologies, which have allowed us to implement an artificial vision system for label recognition to identify the different products received.

Likewise, in our Technology Centre we have created three Digital Twins with SMARTDATA technologies that have made it possible to automate the logistics process of frozen products, improve the transformation of cereal raw materials and optimise storage spaces. These twins are connected to real processes to guarantee machine learning, thanks to the repetition of operations, thus achieving continuous and automatic improvement.

Robot developed at CETIM Technological Centre for the project.

SMARTSTORE, in addition to advancing towards automation in port logistics processes, has enabled the incorporation of different types of Digital Twins into real processes. On the one hand, a simulation model based on AI has been developed that has made it possible to solve jamming problems in cereal processing machinery. On the other hand, a virtual replica of the reception and storage process in port has been developed, which has improved the management of the operations team, being able to have an occupancy forecast up to 15 days in advance.

Finally, the third Digital Twin has made it possible to verify the optimal location of the new robotic systems for the classification of frozen products, preserving the safety of the operators, increasing the efficiency of the processes and supporting collaborative work between the human team and the robot.

 

In short, SMARSTORE has proved to be a safe bet for innovation and the use of technologies in real processes, as well as providing a solution to the problem of lack of digitalisation faced by Galician ports.

 

This project is subsidised by the Agencia Gallega de Innovación within the framework of the 2020 call of the Fábrica del futuro, fábrica inteligente y sostenible de la industria 4.0. aid programme. The grants awarded under this programme have been co-financed by the Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) under Axis 1 (Promoting research, technological development and innovation) of the FEDER Galicia 2014-2020 operational programme.  The project has the support of the Second Vice-Presidency and Regional Ministry of Economy, Enterprise and Innovation.