The broad I-MECH challenge is to bridge the gap between the latest research results and best industrial practice in advanced mechatronic motion control systems. Software and Hardware building blocks, featuring standardized interfaces, will be developed to deliver a complete I-MECH reference platform.

The Key Scientific and Technical objectives are:

  • To develop techniques for employment of advanced model-based methods for the design, real-time control and self-diagnosis of cyber-physical systems
  • To develop a smart Instrumentation Layer gathering visual and/or sensor information from supplementary instrumentation installed on the moving parts of the controlled system to enhance the achievable performance of the system
  • To develop modular unified, Hardware and Software motion control building blocks implementing a service-oriented architecture paradigm, i.e. smart Control Layer

To make I-MECH sustainable, the project outcomes will be available for European industry also through the envisioned I-MECH Center, after completion of the project.

I-MECH will significantly strengthen European industrial competitiveness through the design and implementation of improved mechatronic smart systems. I-MECH will lead to improved machine performance and reliability as measured by a whole variety of parameters including response time, reliability, control bandwidth, control accuracy and error. Furthermore, the model based approach will produce an expected 50% reduction in development time for control (sub) systems for mechatronic applications. The project outputs will impact on the entire value chain of the production automation market. The high added value of I-MECH reference platform will be directly verified in the fields of

  • high-speed/big CNC machining
  • additive manufacturing
  • semicon
  • high-speed packaging 
  • healthcare robotics

ECS Strategic Research Agenda focus areas:

Process, Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing for ECS

Systems and Components: Architecture, Design and Integration

ECSEL Call 2017

Start date: 06/2017

Duration: 36 months

Project coordinator:

Arend-Jan Beltman


The Netherlands

Number of partners: 31

Number of countries: 10

Total investment: M€ 17 

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