The Ministry of Science and Innovation and the European Union, through the Next Generation funds, finance a project for the implementation of advanced services for the intelligent management of lubricants.

Hypatia GNC Accesorios, part of the Nicolás Correa Group, is leading the SmarTaladrine project, with the participation of ENRIEL, a company specialising in the distribution, monitoring and condition control of lubricants, Mecanizados Especiales, a consolidated company in the machining sector, the Applied Computational Intelligence Research Group of the University of Burgos (GICAP-UBU), experts in the development of tools based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve real problems, and the Miranda de Ebro Technology Centre Foundation (CTME), specialists in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and communication with machine tools.

Cooling and lubricating fluids ("coolants") play a key role in the machining process. Having a model of the behaviour of coolants, which anticipates the appearance of problems (bad odours and the presence of microorganisms, corrosion on the machine or on parts, defective surface finish, etc.) can provide machining companies with a significant increase in their efficiency/competitiveness, considerable economic savings and a significant reduction in their environmental impact.

The general objective of the SmarTaladrine project is to design and develop an innovative solution that models the behaviour of the coolants and their relations with the conditions of the environment and machine variables, allowing them to be acted upon with guarantees. This intelligent supervision is the result of the incorporation of models capable of learning to adapt to the problem (Machine Learning) and the collection and integration of heterogeneous and complex data from different sources (Big Data): state of the fluids in different situations and at different times, environmental conditions and the machine status.

Two modalities of the solution will be developed, to adapt to the different circumstances of potential users: embedded in the machine for new acquisitions or as a modular accessory for machines already in operation, facilitating their management internally or by third parties.

The implementation of advanced operations monitoring and management in smart machines will represent a production revolution in terms of innovation, cost and time savings. Operations monitoring in smart machine production will bring numerous advantages over conventional production and manufacturing, resulting in improvements in flexibility, productivity and sustainability.

Thus, the result of the SmarTaladrine project is a smart solution that adapts to the needs and expectations of machinists to efficiently and sustainably manage an essential element in their work, such as coolant. Moreover, this preventive maintenance solution will allow further progress in the design and development of high-tech machine tools that contribute to the ecological and digital transition of the industrial sector and in the implementation of advanced services for the intelligent management of lubricants.

The SmarTaladrine project with file number CPP2021-008816 is funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union-NextGeneration EU/PRTR.