Process optimisation of manufacturing assets - CSA

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Specific challenge: Today's manufacturing is increasingly challenged by uncertainties of continuously and rapidly -changing market conditions and increasingly shorter time-to-market requirements. Manufacturing value chains are distributed and dependent on complex information and material flow requiring new approaches inside and outside the factory both on process and product lifecycle level. They have to respond faster and more efficiently to higher complexity and frequently changing designs. Actions must include validation/demonstration elements and involve stakeholders covering the whole value chain. Scope: b. Support Actions Consensus building for a factory-wide interoperability framework for CPS engineering and manufacturing environments; concepts for a European smart specialisation strategy in manufacturing building on the model of virtual value chains; concept and roadmap building in relation to smart and safe workspaces for laser-based manufacturing. Expected impact: - Increased capability for better and faster reaction to market changes by being able to use holistic global and local optimization algorithms in a collaborative value chain. - Reduced complexity of production systems by at least an order of magnitude through an interoperable de-centralised architecture approach and interoperability frameworks. - Productivity increase of about 30% through the enhanced utilisation of resources and information taking a holistic view in a collaborative value chain. - Strengthened market position of European producers of laser-based manufacturing equipment, their suppliers and of the users of the equipment. - Reinforced capacity to manufacture high-quality and innovative products and to penetrate new application areas.