Towards a new generation of cognitive Machine-Tools, capable of learning and acting autonomously.

ZAYER is participating in a MISSIONS project approved by CDTI at the end of 2022, under the acronym MHAYA (2022-2025) and driven by a powerful consortium of companies.

In this initiative, a group of sevenhigh-tech machine tool manufacturers have come together to carry out an R&D project that has received a grant of 4.5 million from the Centre for Industrial and Technological Development (CDTI), out of a total of 6.7M€. The objective of the program is to transform the current machine tools into intelligent and autonomous production centers capable of self-adapting to the changing conditions of the processes and production environments.

In this way, a qualitative leap in the intelligence levels of these machines is sought, as well as their adaptability to the operator and the rest of the production environment. The new generation of machines that will emerge from this project will have the ability to learn from their behavior, self-program and self-adjust to increase their productivity. In case of unforeseen situations such as tool breakage, they will be able to act autonomously to prevent further damage. They will not carry out these actions independently, but rather, they will intertwine with a collective intelligence in the company, communicating with other machines and those responsible for different stages of the production process.

In addition to Zayer, the consortium includes Arisa, Danobat, Ibarmia, MTorres, ONA, and Nicolás Correa as travel companions. All of them are international leaders in machining, grinding, unconventional, and deformation processes, with export ratios above 90%. This consortium is joined by the company ATS-Global, a leading provider of software solutions for intelligent digital transformation. The technological providers accompanying them are the Tecnalia Foundation, the University of the Basque Country (and particularly the Aeronautical Advanced Manufacturing Center – CFAA), and the University of Burgos.

The project is framed within the Industry 5.0 guidelines that are currently making their way in Europe. It has its roots in the concept of Industry 4.0 developed in the first two decades of this century (highly sensorized machines, with initial intelligence and connection to the cloud to simulate processes and transfer data), but offering a broader approach that includes human protagonism, sustainability, and resilience. Industry 5.0 aims for responsible innovation, not only or primarily aimed at increasing profitability or maximizing benefits, but also at increasing prosperity for all involved: investors, workers, consumers, society…

This project is framed under the MISSIONS program of the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and will be made possible thanks to the European "Next Generation" funds assigned to the National Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan.