“Competence Center for Advanced Control Technologies” (CC ACT was a 3 years lasting research and development project in the field of control technology (automation, informatization and cybernetics) of systems, processes and devices. The project was formed by the technology network Process Control Technology and was the largest and most important joint project of its members and external associated members.
CC ACT was one of seven projects (competence centres) co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the European Union – European Fund for Regional Development as part of the Operational Program for Strengthening Regional Development Potentials for the period 2007-2013.
The total value of the CC ACT project for the period 2011-2013 was €9,360,000, of which the partners covered €3,004,500 of eligible costs with their own funds, and the amount of co-financing was €6,355,500.
CC ACT connected 17 partners from business and the public research sector.
Some of the new technological solutions
The Intelligent valve with its operation ensures longer and more stable operation, and at the same time enables energy saving in heating systems. The valve is already a bestseller of the Danfoss-Trata company, and the sales trends indicate a huge potential, especially in the Russian and Chinese markets.
Module for automatic adjustment of autopilot parameters for light aircraft is a novelty that enable less experienced pilots to easily adjust autopilot parameters. The system was developed in the form of a prototype and tested as part of a demonstration project. The developed prototype represents a significant added value for an aircradt manufacturer Pipistrel, and at the same time represents a key basis for the future development of a new generation of aerial vehicles, which will be developed as a combination of helicopter and airplane.
The Platform for real-time control of industrial equipment and maintenance support is based on the concept of a distributed sensor network, which consists of a set of components such as a smart node, MEMS sensors, MIMOSA database and diagnostic and prognostic algorithms. The platform is particularly useful for rotary machines and drives that are used in all branches of industry, energy and transport. Thanks to innovative approach the implementation is economically very efficient, as the payback period in many cases can be shorter than 1 year and with the potential for a global market.
ProOpter -- a tool for analysis and optimization of production dynamics, enables effective control and improvement of the operation of various production processes. It is a very future-oriented tool, as it tries to extract key information from the huge amount of data available today in modern manufacturing processes, define information in the form of a mathematical model, and then use this model to find optimal decisions. This technology has great potential, especially in the context of the decision that it is necessary to restore European production capacities, but at the same time to make it much smarter (Smart Factory) and more efficient.
NETIChome is a simple wireless system that enables remote programming and control of devices in the house (lights, blinds, heaters, cameras, etc.). Control is possible via smartphone. GOAP is already marketing the new service and related tools and building blocks under its own brand.
Technology for control of fusion reactors is a very specific and future-oriented solution. Within the framework of the project, the CODAC ITER experimental system was developed with predictive control of the position and shape of the plasma in the fusion reactor and a fast data transmission network. On this basis, the company Cosylab applied for and successfully obtained the "ITER Operations Applications Engineering" project worth €5 million for the period 2013-2017. This is part of the global project for the construction of the experimental fusion reactor ITER, which is supposed to enable extremely efficient and at the same time safe energy production through the fusion of light nuclei, i.e. a reaction similar to what takes place in the sun.