Ana Machado Silva
AI-powered Zero Defects philosophy

Ana Machado Silva

Senior Project Manager Sonae

Zero Defects 4.0

Supported by:

EIT Manufacturing The EIT Manufacturing is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union

Generated funding

EUR 534 382

Aim

To ensure an improved and consistent level of product quality and better product development

Partners

Sonae
FEUP University of Porto
INESC-TEC
LMS University of Patras
Innowave

Main product

Zero Defects 4.0

The Project

  • The idea

    Zero Defects 4.0 is a data-driven Decision Support System that improves manufacturing decision making to ensure an improved and consistent level of product quality (towards zero defects), while generating higher production efficiency and more agile and cost-efficient product development.

  • Inspiration

    The use of AI and Decision Support Systems, powered by advanced data analytics, predictive models and recommendation engines, is increasingly common in sectors such as retail or advanced manufacturing industries, not in traditional and process-based industries such as wood-based panels. This project aims to help close this gap.

  • Unique selling points

    Thanks to our partners’ deep expertise, we deliver a solution that will empower shop floor staff to better perform their jobs through AI-guided operational decisions and enable manufacturing companies to ensure consistent product quality.

  • Societal impact

    In addition to higher quality within end products, furniture and flooring equipment, the project will enable the recovery of 613 tons of wood and 64 tons chemicals and paraffin annually, thereby improving the sustainability of wood-surfaced panel production.

  • EIT Community support

    EIT Manufacturing allowed us to seize the right opportunity, join forces, and drive this project forward.

Zero Defects 4.0

The Nominee

  • The beginning

    This project is part of a bigger plan to transform, digitise and connect all of Sonae Arauco's operations and drive further innovation. In the future, we see manufacturing as a smart, connected, agile and data-driven process.

  • Partnerships & Teamwork

    The solution is based on knowledge and developments in Decision Support Systems from LMS and INESC-TEC, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from FEUP and LMS, and IoT architecture systems from InnoWave and INESC-TEC. InnoWave is the technology up-taker (business owner), ensuring that project developments are taken to the market. Sonae Arauco, a linked third party of Sonae, acts as an industrial end-user.

  • Rewarding moments

    Continuing with the implementation of the project despite the unexpected challenges caused by COVID-19, proved the commitment and value of all project partners. For a project leader, this was a comforting and rewarding moment.

Thanks to our partners’ deep expertise, we deliver a solution that will empower shop floor staff to better perform their jobs.