Through the OPITRADE ProjectWe are committed to digitalisation and the application of new technological solutions to improve the competitiveness of SMEs. In cooperation with the CITD Engineering and TechnologiesAndalucía Smart City Cluster, Andalucía Smart City Cluster and AEI Smart City ClusterWe have carried out a nine-month project to integrate IoT and Blockchain technologies in order to monitor and manage the circular economy of plastics at the level of equipment and production process.
- Call for applications: Programme of support to AEIs for the improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs - 2022.
- Duration: 9 months (21/03/2022 - 21/12/2022).
- Project budget: 226,901 euros.
- Grant awarded: 175,864 euros.
Objective of the OPITRADE Project
Plastic is a material used intensively in industry and its use has become an environmental problem on which many national and international policies have an impact. The optimisation of its management is, therefore, fundamental to reduce its waste and the amount of it that ends up having to be recycled due to errors and malfunctions in industrial processes.
In this sense, the OPITRADE project aims to integrate IoT and Blockchain technologies to monitor and manage the circular economy of plastics at the level of equipment and production process, allowing to analyse the related processes, optimise them and even, in future applications, favour predictive and preventive maintenance of the production chain.
While, in plastic recycling processes, knowledge-based systems are normally based on expert systems, recommendation systems or case-based Reasoning, in the studies carried out in this project, the aim of the simulation has not been to control the industrial process, but to simulate it in order to develop possible intelligent improvements, both in the process itself and in the energy and economic frameworks that can produce a benefit from any perspective related to the production process. Thanks to this, a generalised procedure has been obtained that has allowed the definition of a methodology applicable to other production processes in the industrial sector.