Control and Optimization for Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
Italy - Republic of Serbia


The goal of the COAMP-IRS project is to develop and test advanced techniques to optimally manage and control manufacturing plants, under the industry 4.0 paradigm.

This represents an opportunity to gain competitiveness in manufacturing industries, where ubiquitous communication, sensing, and computation enable the next generation of smart factories.

This is a strategic research field for both Italy and Serbia, give the large share contributed by manufacturing industries to both countries’ GDP, the strong existing synergies, and the prevalence of small and medium enterprises that need innovation to remain competitive in global markets.


Our 4 main objectives

Derive a control paradigm suitable for large and complex plants.
Develop condition monitoring predictive maintenance and plant reconfiguration schemes
Optimize computational aspects
Testing with simulations and small-scale experiments
In this paradigm, advanced control systems for plant-wide automation represent a crucial keystone, the “brain” of a smart factory. These systems process real-time information to reschedule production to meet the required output, while optimizing cost, material, and energy savings.
De-manufacturing plant for electronic boards, managed by the National Research Council and employed to test the approaches developed in the COAMP-IRS project

Advanced control systems are also relatively cheap to install in existing plants to improve performance, since they require installing only interfaces (communications, software) and computational nodes, without changing the most expansive parts of the machines.

Morevoer, the use of real-time optimization is currently very limited in the manufacturing field, where heurestic rules are used. The potential for performance improvements is therefore extremely large.


HPRC: a new approach to real-time routing in discrete manufacturing

We developed a new paradigm, named Hierarchical Predictive Routing Control (HPRC), to address the problem of optimal routing of parts in a discrete manufacturing plants. HPRC delivers nearly optimal behavior with reduced computational effort, dealing with a large number of integer decision variables and temporal-logic constraints.

For details: paperpresentationtalk

Improved HPRC algorithm and high-fidelity simulation tests

We improved the HPRC optimization routine by introducing a search algorithm over the decision tree that exploit early detection of lockouts and the possibility to choose between a more cautious and a more aggressive routing strategy. We then successfully applied the approach to a high-fidelity model of the CNR de-manufacturing plant

For details: paper


Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Departament of Electronic, Information adn Bioengineering
Singidunum University (Serbia)

Stiima – Inteligent Industrila Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing


This project is co-funded by a gran from the Italian Ministry of Foreing Affairs
and internation Cooperation (MAECI)

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Control and Optimization for Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
Italy – Republic of Serbia

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB):
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Via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano, Italia



COAMP-IRS – Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB)
Politecnico di Milano, Via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano, Italia