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"Adopting Future Internet technologies in manufacturing industries"
  • Project
    Starting date: 01 April 2013
    Duration in months: 30
    FP7 Call: FP7-2012-ICT-FI
    Total costs: € 18,483,000.00
    Consortium: 36 partners from 11 European countries
  • The Mission
    The mission of the FITMAN (Future Internet Technologies for MANufacturing industries) project is to provide the FI PPP Core Platform with 10 industry-led use case trials in the domains of Smart, Digital and Virtual Factories of the Future
    FITMAN Trials (4 conducted by Large Enterprises, 6 by SMEs) will test and assess the suitability, openness and flexibility of FI-WARE Generic Enablers while contributing to the STEEP (social-technological-economical-environmental-political) sustainability of EU Manufacturing Industries.
    The use case trials belong to several manufacturing sectors such as automotive, aeronautics, white goods, furniture, textile/clothing, LED lighting, plastic, construction, and manufacturing assets management.

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Project acronym: FITMAN

Project grant agreement number: 604674

Project full name: Future Internet Technologies for MANufacturing

The project FITMAN currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013) requires the participation of new partners to carry out certain tasks within the project. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

We have a vacancy in our consortium for 3 consortia of up to 3 partners each (i.e. up to 9 new partners), established in an EU Member State or FP7 Associated State and having comprehensive expertise in the following research areas:
1.    ICT solutions for Smart Factories. Smart factories use simpler and more streamlined ICT for energy-efficient, reliable and cost-effective production. Future production sites for a large variety of sophisticated products will offer shorter cycle times and the ability to control variables in the manufacturing process. Owing to the increasing convergence of machine control and personal computer technology, important developments in robotics, automation, planning, simulation and optimisation technologies are also foreseen. (EFFRA 2014-2020 Research Roadmap, ICT-enabled Intelligent Manufacturing)
2.    ICT solutions for Digital Factories. Digital factories help to reduce the need for physical prototyping and the construction of pilot plants when designing future factories. Specialists in fields such as mechanical, software and materials engineering will use digitalised factories to enhance simulation, modelling and knowledge management. Research in this area will also cover the life-cycle management of products, from the design phase all the way through to production, maintenance, disassembly and recycling. (EFFRA 2014-2020 Research Roadmap, ICT-enabled Intelligent Manufacturing)
3.    ICT solutions for Virtual Factories. Virtual factories support the management of ever more complex supply chains between manufacturing plants around the world. They include a network of devices, such as, for example, the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) of work in progress, wireless sensor networks and machine-to-machine communication. These will contribute to the real-time monitoring of complex material flows and the more efficient use of resources. In addition, they will give rise to further services, such as advanced maintenance technologies for assets used in the manufacturing process. (EFFRA 2014-2020 Research Roadmap, ICT-enabled Intelligent Manufacturing)

Each consortium must address one and only one of the above research areas (either smart OR digital OR virtual) and cover both the tasks identified per area and reported here below (tasks a. AND b. for Smart Factories, tasks c. AND d. for Digital Factories, tasks e. AND f. for Virtual Factories)

For Smart Factories:
a.    SF monitoring and diagnosis (Advanced Intelligent Manufacturing), including dynamic and re-configurable filtering and processing of real world events, coming from sensor networks embedded in machinery and workplaces, shopfloor smart objects and tools, in-bound logistics of tagged products and materials, manual operations and workers wellbeing monitoring and control.
b.    SF next generation, attractive human-machine interaction (Human-centered Manufacturing), including devices and software components for an advanced automation of the shopfloor efficiency and safety as well as a user-friendly, ergonomic and intuitive interaction between workers and machines, including data access on the move.
For Digital Factories:
c.    DF product data and knowledge in product life cycle (standard-based access to PLM and product-item data), including definition and adoption of standard metadata systems for Product Data and Knowledge representation, semantic interoperability transformation services from heterogeneous systems and/or available or de-facto standards, browse & query facilities and web-based modular intuitive decisional and collaboration environments for blue collar’s workers, managers and engineers.
d.    DF collaborative product data 3D visualisation (Collaborative and Mobile PLM), based on a collaborative multi-task project management environment and including devices and software components for a web enabled rendering and interaction with 2D-3D complex manufacturing objects, e.g. CAD solids, , points of clouds, large unstructured data-sets including real-time data repositories.
For Virtual Factories:
e.    VF manufacturing assets semantic discovery (Cloud Manufacturing, Manufacturing as a Service), including extension of existing business-oriented service description languages (such as USDL and LinkedUSDL) to encompass manufacturing tangible and intangible assets, their semi-automatic generation and clustering from unstructured and semi-structured enterprise resources (such as people CVs and products catalogues) and their dynamic discovery and composition in advanced business applications in the domains of “production network” and “project team” design.
f.    VF semantic interoperability (Product-Service Manufacturing Ecosystem), including platforms and software components for dynamic, semantic data formats transformations (e.g. unified interoperability form by means of a common model schema), in the view to achieve ERP (and other Enterprise Systems) compatibility in the supply chain.

Deadline: The call closes on 27 November 2013 at 17h00 (Brussels time)

Expected duration of participation in project: April 2014 to March 2015

Total EC funding available for new partners is up to €1 500 000

Call identifier: FITMAN Smart-Digital-Virtual Factories Open Call

Language in which proposal should be submitted: English

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