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LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

While Strategies are reflecting HOW the LEVEL-UP project will work on the digital world, the specially designed Protocols are describing WHAT actions should be executed on the physical world in a structured and formalised fashion.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

The information stored in IT systems, and the data acquired from the different actors in each Protocol will be linked with the Industrial Digital Thread paradigm. The adoption of IDS, and other connectors, along with the semantically annotated and interoperable data will allow to weave the design, manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain actors together. Therefore, LEVEL-UP through its digital thread adapters will offer the capability for design, manufacturing, and service data to be captured, harnessed, and leveraged to enable the analytics that drive advanced manufacturing, offering a seamless digital integration of all processes for future iterations. Therefore, once a Protocol’s process is complete, the digital ‘birth certificate’ (as built-signature) can then be compared to the as-designed engineering intention. This provides the opportunity for powerful big data analytics to enable service teams and field engineers to have better awareness, insights, and practical actions to improve the servicing and maintenance of critical assets. It should be noted that the Protocols are actuated based on the findings from the executed processes and actions, and therefore there is no certain order or a particular sequence.

PROTOCOL Z – MODERNISE

MODERNISE

Protocol Zero involves the actions prior to any of the other protocols being applied. It involves the retrofitting of the old and legacy machinery with Industry 4.0 modules. The goal is to connect the physical with the digital world involving CPS, Sensors, Interfaces and gateways with IoT platforms and ERP, MES, and other IT Transactional data. Upon the finalisation of Protocol Z, the system will be modernised to host the LEVEL-UP strategies and functions.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 1 – FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS

FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS

Protocol 1 Functional Diagnosis involves actions on machines where sensors and CPS are already in place. This can be the status of the machines in an “as is” condition, when Protocols are introduced. Otherwise, if machines are not ready for Functional Diagnosis to be applied, Protocol Zero - Modernise is first implemented. Hence, Protocol 1 is triggered when there is enough data to be analysed, in order to derive a diagnosis on the status of the equipment.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 2 – INSPECTION

INSPECTION

This protocol involves the visual inspection of the machine from the experts while it operates. The use of NDT sensors and their correlation with the findings from the functional diagnosis will provide insights for a focused inspection while the machine is idle. In case of a suspected failure this protocol will trigger the repair or disassembly protocols, based on the degree of degradation or damage.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 3 – REFURBISHMENT

REFURBISHMENT

The Refurbishment protocol is about the light repair and cleaning of the system to bring it to its original status and integrity (as-new status). Old grimy machines, with corroded or rusted surfaces will be cleaned and treated (painting/coating application) in order to bring them to their original status.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 4 – DISSASEMBLY

DISSASEMBLY

Disassembly protocol is a methodology or series of steps to be applied each time a component from a machine is separated or taking apart from it (disassembled). The general purpose is having a deeper knowledge of a specific component that is potentially defective, damaged or needing an improvement by taking the part out of the machine to run some tests and evaluations.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 5 – UPGRADE

UPGRADE

Protocol UPGRADE involves the actions of improving functionalities (incl. also performance, reliability, connectivity, interoperability, durability, security, etc.). So, it means upgrade the materials with improved ones. Old parts will be replaced with improved versions, considering the adoption of advanced materials, built by conventional or new technologies as Additive Manufacturing. Apart from replacement, Upgrade involved the addition of features that were not installed to the original design. Therefore, Upgrade Protocol is about any hardware that provides increased functionalities and properties to the machine.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 6 – REPAIR

REPAIR

This protocol can be executed both while all components are in place or after disassembly. In the first case, it can either trigger the protocol refurbishment as remedy actions for cleaning and painting or trigger the protocol Omega for tool adjustments and calibration. In case the components are removed from the machine, the process can also include laser cladding and electropulsing techniques and different pre- and post-processing operations. The virtual model of LEVEL-UP will simulate the various scenarios to identify the most suitable repair.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 7 – REMANUFACTURING

REMANUFACTURING

The remanufacturing protocol is intended to restore parts’ original functionality. It is mostly suitable for parts that are non-repairable and thus, situations where there are clear advantages for the remanufacturing and not replacement, for several industries. It allows the remanufacturing of one or more missing parts as well as the recovery of the original design and/or material.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL 8 – RECYCLING

RECYCLING

The Recycling protocol consists in the recovery and valorisation of materials from components that cannot be repaired. The aim of the protocol is to have a clear set of guidelines to determine how these materials can treated to be reutilised again in the production of products for the same or different industries.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols

PROTOCOL Ω – REASSEMBLE AND TESTING

REASSEMBLE AND TESTING

The Recycling protocol consists in the recovery and valorisation of materials from components that cannot be repaired. The aim of the protocol is to have a clear set of guidelines to determine how these materials can treated to be reutilised again in the production of products for the same or different industries.

LEVEL-UP Circularity Protocols