MARS Project

Automated guided vehicles or autonomous mobile robots are widely used for sortation applications in postal and e-commerce applications. In this context, they increase both flexibility and scalability of logistics sorting centers. Currently, two contrasting solutions are present in the market. First, collaborative sorting robots that operate at low speed in the same areas as humans. This allows employees to load and unload objects from the robots. These systems are characterized by very high flexibility. However, for safety reasons, they operate at reduced speed and thus lower performance. Second, non-collaborative systems that operate completely separate from humans, allowing higher speeds and performance. For this, they run in fenced areas zoned from the rest of the plant.
The MARS project will develop an intelligent system that allows switching between these two principles. Based on an existing vehicle, it offers the optimal compromise between the two modes of operation; it is safe for humans and at the same time offers maximum possible efficiency through increased driving speed in closed-off areas.
The system is equipped with a unique and secure localization of the position in each vehicle. Based on the determined position, the vehicles independently adjust their behavior. In collaborative areas, they intelligently avoid people, vehicles and other obstacles. If the vehicles detect that they are in a cordoned-off area, they increase their operating speed, maximizing the performance of the system.
This solution allows any combination of collaborative workspaces with areas of maximum performance. Accordingly, the MARS system can be used both to expand existing systems and to design new flexible sorting systems.

RAMEN Platform

The RAMEN Platform is a cloud-based resilient platform to support manufacturers in their maintenance activities and operational strategies. The RAMEN Platform offers its added value by combining the strengths of the results of two H2020 FoF projects, UPTIME and SERENA. It augments UPTIME’s predictive analytics with SERENA’s advanced & intuitive AR/VR visualization technology. RAMEN creates a flexible, resilient and scalable platform with unique ease-of-use and applicability to many different use cases.

The RAMEN Platform supports the integration and orchestration, management and replacement of multiple components on the basis of docker technologies and enables predictive maintenance in an industrial environment. It allows bridging the gaps between the shop floor operators, data science and engineering, as well as lowers the entry barrier for companies including SMEs to apply predictive maintenance solution with its containerized micro-service approach.

Predictive Maintenance

RAMEN will integrate and mature pre-commercial hard and software developed in the UPTIME project for predictive maintenance into the platform. The goal is to deliver fully mature Predictive Maintenance component which can be easily configured and operated by stakeholders in the relevant manufacturing processes.

The Predictive Maintenance component will encompass the entire data value chain from data acquisition condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. It will contain an intuitive calculation flow designer with an extensible library of algorithms and AI methods.

Advanced Visualization

The Advanced Visualisation component will be integrated into the RAMEN platform as a service for interaction with maintenance-related information and the results of the Predictive Maintenance Component to shopfloor operators. Work in SERENA will serve as a basis introducing the key elements for creating the visualization component, supporting AR display.

The component will provide a user-friendly interface and support near real-time data streaming and asset visualization, superimposing maintenance-related information to the asset visualisation as well as predictive analytics.


Predictive maintenance can help manufacturers to avoid costly critical failure. Through combination of intuitive visual programming component for machine learning, analytics and prediction with the Augmented Reality, RAMEN will make predictive maintenance intuitive and easy to understand for different stakeholders in the manufacturing processes.

RAMEN solution is aimed to:
• improve customers’ OEE between 5% and 20%
• reduce MTTR by 10% – 20%
• increase MTBF by 20% – 30%
• reduce TCM by 15% – 25%
• extend component life by 10% – 15%

Work Packages

WP 1
Activity management

WP1, led by Fives, deals with project management

WP 2
Specifications and KPIs analysis

WP 2, led by Fives, deals with identification of specification, system architecture and MARS dashboard with KPIs

WP 3
Safety related risk assessment and safety concept definition

WP 3, led by LMS, deals with performing risk assessment and definition of safety concept for pilot test

WP 4
Localization technology to implement the safety concept

WP4, led by BIBA, deals with development of localization and navigation solution for pilot test

Integration of safety strategy and localization modules

WP5, led by Fives, deals with development of safety concept and localization solution fully integrated in the system 

Pilot preperation and validation

WP6, led by Fives, deals with design and validation of the pilot test

Certification start and exploitation plan building

WP7, led by Fives, deals with certification process needed for the market introduction and preparation of exploitation plan

Communication and Dissemination

WP8, led by BIBA, deals with communication and dissemination of the project results as well as preparation of learning nuggets. 


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