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OPTIMAI: when Artificial Intelligence improves production

An innovation project to implement industrial production and data collection through enabling technologies.

Approach & Solution

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European industry has a long tradition in innovative, high-quality manufacturing but expanding globalisation has resulted in increased competition from emerging markets in China and elsewhere, posing a major challenge for our continent.

Against this backdrop, the OPTIMAI project aims to create a new European ecosystem, focused on the development of new solutions to optimise production, reduce defects and improve training to safeguard industry for generations to come.

OPTIMAI will see the development of highly innovative technologies, integrating these new solutions across a wide variety of industry domains and developing new training activities that will boost human performance in industry across Europe.


OPTIMAI will develop a Decision Support Framework for Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) including: a multimodal sensor network allowing for smart, secure data collection on production lines, AI methodologies to allow for the early detection of defects, an intelligent marketplace for the profiling, indexing and repurposing of defective parts, Digital Twin technologies to allow for the virtualization of the production process, a context-aware Augmented Reality environment using AR glasses to optimize production.

OPTIMAI solution will be tested in three demonstration pilots. Engineering will lead the integration of components, the exploitation and business plan definition.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958264


ZDM through monitoring of production

Data collection on a distributed ledger based on Blockchain

Rapid and efficient reconfiguration of equipment

Optimal production planning via virtualization and AI

Project value

Cost cutting
Process performance

Enabling Technologies

AI & Advanced Analytics
Digital Twin

Project Team

Research & Innovation