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Now that the FASyS Project is in its last phase and an important milestone, the prototype testing in a living lab (a real factory), is going to be started, I remind that I’ve not written about. So, “its time has come”:

FASyS is the Spanish acronym for “Fábrica Absolutamentte Segura y Saludable”, that means “Absolutely Safe and Healthy Factory”. It’s a project with 40 month duration and a budget of 23.3 M€. It is one of the 18 large Spanish strategic projects supported by the CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology) as part of the CENIT 2009 Programme.

With the ambitious goal of improving business competitiveness through new levels of industrial safety and workplace comfort, the FASyS project aims at implementing both the excellence model for integrated occupational health and safety management in the handling, machining and assembly industries, together with a new generation of safety technologies and solutions.

The FASyS project raises the definition of an absolutely safe and healthy factory, and it is structured into 8 sub-projects that are governed by a parallel temporal sequence, in which the maturity of diverse technologies and solutions increases and evolves through the achievement of individual phases:

  • SP1 – Scenario, Requirements and Model

SP1 establish the common framework for the entire project FASyS. At SP1, the reference model factory FASyS is defined, and also the scenarios where this model will operate and the architecture that includes the supporting technologies of the implementation of this model.

The FASyS model proposes a new approach in the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of a handling and assembly factory. Facing the traditional models that focus these phases on productivity paradigms to introduce then the health and safety needs of employees, FASyS will define a new model of Sustainable Factory where the employee, his safety, health and welfare ware the central axis in the factory model.

  • SP2 – Regulations, Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects

SP2 provides the regulatory, ethical and social frameworks that contextualize the development of technologies. Since the FASyS project aims from a highly monitored scenario, it is important not to forget the ethical and social constraints which also establish a development framework for other technologies in the project. In addition, SP2 develops new business models, thus allowing new players in the system.

FASyS will provide a range of technologies and services that enable a broader vision and rich in the development of security solutions and industrial health.

  • SP3 – Sensors and Communications

SP3 is focused on providing communications technologies and the development of (bio)-sensors that will support characterization, monitoring and action services in the context of personalized prevention of FASYS strategies, in order to control not only vital sings of the employees, but as well the conditions of the workstation, including the involved machinery.

SP3 will develop a robust architecture of scalable communication; a development platform for monitoring applications on sensor networks, and it will establish efficient mechanisms for locating objects and people.

  • SP4 – Diagnostic Systems and Health Surveillance

SP4 is responsible for the development of new actuation protocols and technologies for the deployment of new personalized systems of diagnostic and continuous health surveillance. To be able of establish and maintain the better health of the employees, it is necessary to process and work with a large amount of data obtained from evaluations, monitoring, censored data, etc. data about the workstation and environment, and data related to the employee’s work profile and background (work, personal, family, health,…), and the medical history, among others.

  • SP5 – Risk Detection and Evaluation Techniques

SP5 is intended to define and design the ergonomic, psychosocial and the workplace hygiene risks prevention protocols, and the intelligent mechanisms which will allow the detection of these risks. These new protocols will be supported by a technological platform which will allow a fast and easy deployment of totally contextualized interventions to the worker conditions, the work place and the task to perform.

These contextualized interventions require a high degree of intelligence, for which this SP will focus not only in the definition of the intervention protocols, but also in the development of the semantic description of the context in which they’ll be applied.

  • SP6 – Safe Manufacturing Equipment and Processes

SP6 aims at the development of certain capacities related to machine tools which would allow the development of intelligent work safety, well-being and comfort applications and devices. SP6 bases on the need to produce a machine evolution towards an active and cooperative element within the prevention strategies, with the capability to modify its own behaviour to adapt to the environmental and user needs and work in cooperation in an intelligent manner to avoid disasters.

The elimination of risks is foreseen from the machine design. The management of this intelligence and its integration in the global framework of the system are equally parts of the activities of this SP.

  • SP7 – Risk Control Platform

SP7 provides those elements necessary to offer intelligence to the environment through the general decision-making from all the information sources generated in all the other FASyS subprojects aiming to control and act over the health and the labour risks linked to the developed tasks while they’re being identified.

The final goal of SP7 is to provide the responsible of work safety with an interface which allows him to establish the most effective means to manage and prevent the existing risks so that those lead the environmental adaptation to the detected situations.

  • SP8 – Management and Evaluation Integrated Systems

SP8 has the final goal of designing and defining all those tests which will allow the validation of the proper functionality of the technologies to develop in order to reach the concept of FASyS factory. The new optimized manufacturing processes (work place operations, interrelations, etc…) will be defined and implemented inside the FASyS model, and with the results of the tests and through the user experience obtained by living labs means, the safety and prevention systems evolution plan from the actual model towards the FASyS model will be defined.

This 8 sub-projects has been split in a huge of tasks that are been implemented in 3 phases:

  • Phase I (2009-2010 Year) Specification of the FASyS Model and associated subsystems. Ensure the viability of Technologies at subsystem level.
  • Phase II (2011 Year) Develop mechanisms to ensure proper and easy integration and interoperability of all FASyS subsystems and technologies.
  • Phase III (2012 year) Ensure interoperability and optimization in system operation.

Normal delays on the project evolution produces we are lightly behind schedule and the current forecast is to finish on February 2013.

More information about the project can be achieved in http://www.fasys.es/en/ and we’ll speak again about in next comments, focusing on the Tissat role in this project.